Volleyball in the land of tulips

THURMAN A Thurman freshman will be spending some time in the land of windmills and wooden shoes, and shell be playing some volleyball while shes there. Sabrina Fish, the daughter of Rick Fish and Tonya Springer, was invited to be a part of the People to People Ambassador program and travel to Japan this summer, which she was considering. Then another offer appeared from an offshoot of the People to People program, the Sports Ambassadors. I was nominated to play in the Youth Friendship Games in Holland, Fish said. I decided to take that trip since its less expensive and I get to stay longer. The People to People Ambassador program was started by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 in an attempt to foster peace and offset the possibility of nuclear war. He believed that interacting with other cultures would give everyone a better understanding of our differences and similarities. Since 2000, Sports Ambassadors have fostered the People to People mission of peace through understanding, using the camaraderie of sport to gain maturity and a greater connection to the people and cultures of the world. People to People Sports Ambassadors Programs is an athletic, educational travel experience that cultivates personal growth and development, all while providing leadership life lessons through sport. Fish has played volleyball for three years is very excited about traveling to Holland to play at the Friendship Games in Amsterdam. While there, she will take part in intensive skill development sessions, working on basic fundamentals such as footwork, ball control, defense, serving and passing, and mental preparation and incorporate them into team play. The games are in late July this summer, and Fish will also have opportunities to explore parts of the country. I was speechless when I first found out, Fish said. I cant wait to go and see the windmills and play in the games. She will explore Amsterdam and have the chance to bike around the countryside while she is there. Fish is raising money for the trip, and her next fundraiser is a pot luck dinner on Sunday, April 29 from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Thurman Town Hall.

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