MCAS Iwakuni kids improve volleyball skills during camp

Marine Corps Community Services Semper Fit
program held a youth volleyball camp at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni’s Ironworks gym. The camp is aimed for kids ages seven to 15,
and seeks to improve their moves, regardless of skill level. “I think anyone can play volleyball because
the environment – the atmosphere in volleyball – is really open. Everyone is very encouraging, even if you’re
not so familiar with it, it’s okay because people will be open arms to you and show you
the way.” Kids learned how to bump, set and spike; applying
their lessons practically through practice games. Older athletes honed their serving techniques,
and helped younger players with the basics. Sergeant Afaese Fiataugaluia, a volunteer
coach for the camp, tells how the sport teaches life skills as well as athletic skills. “It opens up communication. You have to communicate with your teammates
to effectively play the ball and that’s what I believe volleyball does. It’s a great way for kids to learn how to
communicate with each other and then just another great sport.” The Semper Fit volleyball camp is a week-long
function with kids eventually forming teams and competing in official games. Reporting from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni,
Japan, I’m Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyleigh Williams.

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