9.11.01 Never Forget.

9 11 01 Never Forget

It is hard to believe that 13 years ago today, our country experienced a tragedy beyond any measure.  I will never forget that day, or where I was, or how I felt.  To this day, thinking about it gives me goosebumps and makes me ache inside for all the lives lost and their friends and family members.

I was a scrawny high school freshman with a home volleyball match that day.  I remember being in 4th hour English Literature class, glued to the television as my classmates and I watched the horrific events unfold as if we were watching an action movie.  It was surreal.  It was so sad.  It was downright awful.  I remember praying for it to be a dream or a nightmare – instead it was real.  It was no surprise to anyone, when school was dismissed for the day and all after-school activities were canceled, including my precious volleyball match.  I didn’t feel like playing anyway.

As the 13th Anniversary of September 11th is upon us, we will never forget, we can never forget.  To all those who lost their lives that day and in the days, months, years afterward fighting for our country, you are in our thoughts and prayers.  Never forgotten.

Thursdays are a popular day for volleyball matches during the school year.  As you stand on the court before our country’s flag with the sounds of our National Anthem filling your ears, press your hand over your heart and think about those who lost their lives on 9/11…even if you are too young to have experienced that historically tragic day.

Remember them.

Remember their families and friends.

Remember our soldiers.

Remember our country united.

Dedicate tonight’s volleyball match to them.  And vow to never, ever, ever forget.

AVB Coach of the Year…Now Accepting Nominations!

AVB Coach of the Year!

 

Coach:  noun, a person who teaches and trains the members of a sports team making decisions about play during games.

This dictionary definition doesn’t even begin to describe the dedication, inspiration and hard work that many coaches bring to the court.  All Volleyball wants to honor those who devote their time to volleyball, encouraging a love and passion for the sport.

Does this sound like your coach?!

Send your story to info@allvolleyball.com to nominate your coach for the AVB Coach of the Year award!  If your coach wins, you will receive a $20.00 Gift Card to www.allvolleyball.com.

The Coach of the Year will win a free Polo Shirt and Coaches Briefcase courtesy of All Volleyball and Mizuno USA.

Ready, Set, Volleyball: Word Search

Carefree summer days may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get excited to go back to school…after all, it means back to volleyball!  Here is a puzzle to get your brain back into the swing of things.  Plus it is volleyball themed = bonus!  Enjoy it now or save it for the bus ride to your first away game!

Ready, Set, Volleyball!  Word Search

Ready, Set, Volleyball! Word Search

Workout Wednesday – August 27th

Lovin' this Under Armour workout outfit!

Lovin’ this Under Armour workout outfit!

Workout Tip:  remember to reward yourself!  Making small goals can help keep you motivated and positive, which will help you reach your ultimate goal.  Once of my favorite things to do is treat myself with a new workout outfit.  It is cute, yet practical and I know it is something I will use.  Plus, I can mix and match with my other fitness fashions or wear it running errands to put a little cute in my chores.

My newest obsession?  Tanks with legging capris!  Get this outfit exclusively from All Volleyball – in our St. Louis store or www.allvolleyball.com – and take your workout to functionally fashionable!

Under Armour Women’s Volleyball Tank Top – Neon Yellow

Under Armour Volleyball Alpha Capri – Neo Pulse

Under Armour Women’s 1236768 Alpha Solid Sports Bra

Tasty Tuesdays – Recipes for Athletes – August 26th

Five-Spice Turkey and Lettuce Wraps

Five-Spice Turkey and Lettuce Wraps

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup instant brown rice
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 large red bell pepper, finely diced
1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce, (see Note)
1 teaspoon five-spice powder, (see Note)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 heads Boston lettuce, leaves separated
1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as cilantro, basil, mint and/or chives
1 large carrot, shredded

DIRECTIONS
1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add rice; reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add turkey and ginger; cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through, about 6 minutes. Stir in the cooked rice, bell pepper, water chestnuts, broth, hoisin sauce, five-spice powder and salt; cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

3. To serve, spoon portions of the turkey mixture into lettuce leaves, top with herbs and carrot and roll into wraps.

Tips:
Notes: Hoisin sauce is a spicy, sweet sauce made from soybeans, chiles, garlic and spices. It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a year.

Often a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns, five-spice powder was originally considered a cure-all miracle blend encompassing the five elements (sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, salty). Look for it in the supermarket spice section.

MAKE AHEAD TIP: Prepare the filling (through Step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Serve cold or reheat in the microwave.

Courtesy of www.fitnessmagazine.com.

Very Volleyball Crossword Puzzle

Carefree summer days may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get excited to go back to school…after all, it means back to volleyball!  Here is another puzzle to get your brain back into the swing of things.  Plus it is volleyball themed = bonus!  Enjoy it now or save it for the bus ride to your first away game!

A Very Volleyball Crossword Puzzle!

A Very Volleyball Crossword Puzzle!