Portland, OR — Dedication to volleyball: this is a principle shared by both The Art of Coaching Volleyball and The Side-Out Foundation. At the heart of each organization is the athlete. Whether it’s skill development, health awareness or expanding roles within their communities, The Art of Coaching Volleyball and Side-Out are focused on strengthening the athlete and sharing a love for the game.
They are thrilled to work together to educate coaches and athletes, and proudly announce a new partnership. The Art of Coaching Volleyball will provide videos and articles for Side-Out to share with its followers, and Side-Out will award the coaches of top fundraisers in the Dig Pink® Rally with memberships to The Art of Coaching Volleyball.
Patrick Kohan, director of The Art of Coaching Volleyball, has seen the Dig Pink® movement grow over the years: “I’m impressed by how the volleyball community embraces the cause. It’s a fantastic way for athletes to refine leadership skills and make an impact in their local communities, and the education they receive about breast cancer highlights the importance of health self-awareness, an essential element of healthy living. I look forward to working together to develop healthy, skilled, community conscious players.”
Rick Dunetz, Side-Out’s executive director and a freshman volleyball coach, values The Art of Coaching Volleyball as a resource for coaches: “As a coach, you should always ask yourself what you can do to improve your own skills and how you can best communicate with your players. Through videos, interviews and informational articles, The Art of Coaching Volleyball provides just that; it is a treasure trove of educational content for coaches, and advancing coaching education will result in more knowledgeable, well- rounded athletes. I am very excited to work together!”
About The Side-Out Foundation
The Side-Out Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and coaches and to have them work toward the common goal of making a significant and identifiable difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families. The organization's goal is to advance clinical trials, increase patient support services and educate communities. Side-Out supports students nationwide in their Dig Pink® events. It offers practical support for fundraising as well as educational information to help students and communities become effective advocates for breast cancer. It contributes the funds to a pilot study for patients with metastatic (stage 4) breast cancer and to local organizations that support breast cancer patients and their families.