It has hit me recently that the more we do, the more we become dependent on other people…and this is a great thing. While we continue to grow as a club, we will always stay true to who we are and why we started this club in the first place. Growth can be looked at in two ways:
1) I can look at growth as more teams, more issues, more potential problems, more planning, more busy work, etc…
2) OR I can and choose to look at growth this way: more people involved, more kids who develop into leaders, more kids who recognize their purpose, more opportunities to build family and build community!!!
Please read below as I am asking for your assistance to be a part of the Revolution! Thanks for reading.
Dear Friends, Parents, and Families of Revolution Volleyball Club:
I hope that this letter finds you well. Three years ago, Sarah and I, along with a dedicated group of coaches, began Revolution Volleyball Club in Chambersburg, PA. During our first year, we had five teams ranging in age from 14-18 with 45 athletes participating. Our club now provides opportunities for nearly 200 athletes on over 20 teams at four locations throughout Pennsylvania (Chambersburg, State College, York, and now Allentown) for girls ages 12-18. While we are excited about the opportunities on the volleyball court, we recognize the importance of staying true to what we believe is our ultimate purpose in running this volleyball club.
Below you will find our vision and mission statements. All decisions we make regarding our club stem from these statements so I felt that it was important to share it with you. This is why we do what we do.
Revolution Vision: Leaders in athletics who recognize and manifest the unique purpose within each individual to contribute to the team, the club, and to the community.
1. Transform young people into confident leaders through the experiences they have as members of this club.
2. Build community through cooperation among directors, coaches, parents, and players.
3. Challenge the members of this club by exposing our teams to new levels of competition beyond the local level.
4. Assist the players and parents in the recruiting process to expose them to the many opportunities available at the collegiate level.
5. Create an atmosphere where commitment, hard work, and success are celebrated and there is no fear of failure.
We have an opportunity in front of us and we are asking for your assistance in funding it. We are going to be moving into a new facility, a warehouse owned by our local church in Chambersburg. We will be renting the space beginning in November and have already found a good deal on used courts, nets, and equipment to turn this warehouse into a Volleyball Facility. A good deal is a relative term and with any new, exciting opportunity, there is a cost involved. Sarah and I have contributed our personal money and also what we had saved from our Revolution Volleyball Club savings. If nobody contributes to this venture, we would still view the money we spent as the best investment we have ever made. Saying that, we want to give you the opportunity to contribute to our club and to our vision to develop leaders through the sport of volleyball.
I have been advised by people I respect to structure giving at certain levels, to provide advertising or certain incentives for individuals and companies to contribute. I have also been advised to set up our club as a non-profit organization. I have not done that and am currently seeking advice on whether or not this is the best decision for our organization. So, if you are looking for an incentive or for an organization where you can make a tax deductible contribution, I know some great charities but this is not the place to give your money. However, if you simply want to make a gift, large or small, that will help Revolution Volleyball Club make a positive impact on young people, we will put your dollars to good use.
If you choose to contribute, you will receive a personal thank you note from me and you will also know that you have helped to build confident leaders who recognize and manifest the unique purpose for their lives to contribute to their team, their club, their communities, and ultimately to the world around them.
Thank you for your time and for your consideration. Below are instructions for where to send your gifts. If you know of someone you feel would like to contribute, please feel free to either pass this on to them or provide us with their name and address and we will contact them directly.
Please make checks payable to: Revolution Volleyball Club and put “Developing Leaders” in the memo. You can send the checks to the following address:
Revolution Volleyball Club
264 Sandoeshire Lane
Chambersburg, PA 17201
For more information about our club, please visit www.revolutionvb.com or to contact us directly, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Here is what some of our athletes and parents have had to say about their experience with our club:
“Thank you for treating me as a valued person and player. It has been an honor to play for Revolution. It is very exciting to see how God is using your club and unfolding His ultimate plan.”
– former player
“Thank you Mike and Sarah for who you are and the way you are investing in the lives of young people.” – club parent
“It truly has been a blessing meeting all of you and being part of the Revolution Team.”
– club parent
“Thanks go to the club, the coaches and all that helped in the building up of our children.”
– club parent
“You cared about inspiring my daughter and you succeeded. You help make the world a better place by inspiring kids to work hard and be their best.”
– club parent
Mike and Sarah
Mike and Sarah Schall