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Volley4Change aims to level the playing field for women's sports

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Three up-and-coming high school seniors created Volley4Change to help combat the injustice they witnessed first-hand when they grew up playing youth sports.

“Volley4Change is an initiative to address the inequalities that exist within volleyball, especially the economic and geographic barriers that prevent many girls of color from excelling in the sport,” said co-founder Meg House. Worth said.

Volley4Change founders (left to right) Cherie Animashaun, Meg Houseworth and Margaret Adams.
credit: Heidi Randava

The newly formed nonprofit helps girls overcome racial and economic barriers to entering competitive volleyball, the second most popular sport for girls in the United States, according to the National High School Association. It’s intended to help.

National team volleyball player and soon-to-be Evanston Township High School senior Houseworth and fellow ETHS senior Margaret Adams have joined Niles West High School senior Sherry Animashawn as part of Volley4Change. Launched a free summer tournament. In a letter to the Roundtable, AnimaShawn wrote that she “want to give equal opportunities to girls of all backgrounds to become a volleyball player at the high school level.”

Volley4Change campers and coaches gathered at Clark Street Beach on Saturday, July 30th.

“This is our final day of tournaments. Beach days and potlucks to celebrate what we’ve created. It’s so special to have all the girls here,” said Houseworth, attending camp Girls who hadn’t been there were invited to join in the fun, she added.

The camp was held at Mason Park on Tuesdays and Fridays in July from 10am to noon.

“There were outdoor nets on the lawn and coaches to help the mostly middle school girls develop their skills and sportsmanship within the team. The youngest will be in fourth grade, and the oldest player will be in ninth grade,” Adams said.

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