I want to extend a big congratulations to our Advisory Board Member
President Sonya and King of Rugby 7's Waisale Serevi
and King of Rugby 7's Waisale Serevi. Serevi was inducted last week into the IRB Hall of Fame after a presentation in Hong Kong. Serevi was instrumental in working with the IOC to return Rugby to the 2016 Olympic Games. Congratulations!!
March saw a new community center in New York City implement our Netball education programs and Houston Shooting Stars were busy running clinics for school studnets. There were 2 tournaments during the month: Crusaders Atlanta had their 6th annual rally, which featured the youth who recently graduated from our GoGirlGo! program and were the first Netball recipients of the Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards, all receiving a badge and signed certificate by President Obama; and International Day was hosted by the Los Angeles Waves which saw various nations compete and the criteria is that each nation had to dress in attire representing their country. You can watch the video here.
We welcome CallidusCloud back as a platinum sponsor for Netball America for 2013 and look forward to seeing them again at the US Open. Also, a reminder for those expatriates who need assistance in obtaining bank accounts, credit cards etc to contact our sponsor Advancial Credit Union and just mention Netball. Read below on offers from our other sponsors CSU Fitness and Knockout Sportswear.
If you haven't done so already this will be your last chance to win a roundtrip plane ticket for 2 anywhere American flies in the continental US, Caribbean, Canada and Mexico. So click here. The ticket will be drawn at the upcoming Houston fundraiser.
We're also excited that our GoGirlGo! and youth programs are kicking off across Atlanta. This is all possible to the grants we received from the Women's Sports Foundation and the NFL team - the Atlanta Falcons.
Be sure to check the calendar for upcoming events.
Netball America is proud of the work we have achieved in getting the youth of New York playing Netball. Our partnership with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is one we cherish and you can learn more about our program with NYCHA here.
We are proud to announce the first annual NYCHA Spring Youth Championships for u/12 and u/18's. To help provide the youth with a great experience we need assistance for this event. It runs from 6 to 8pm on Friday May 31 in Manhattan. Please email us if you can help out.
The youth here are learning Netball and utilizing our Netball America equipment we sent to them. They find it is a great sport all can participate in and they aim to spread the game throughout their county so they can set up local competitions. We will keep you updated of their progress.
USA TEAM TRIALS
We are now accepting applications for you to become a part of the most elite Netball Squad in the USA. Applications are now open for athletes, coaches and managers for our representative and national squads - both adults and youth. The teams had a successful 2012 which saw the teams play in front of over 10,000 people at the homes of the WNBA Seattle Storm, WNBA Atlanta Dream and in Houston, Atlanta and Las Vegas. The first ever American Team represented the USA in South Africa at the World University Championships and our partnership with the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Girls led the team to a special treat in visiting the school and working with their students. Be sure to catch up and watch their interviews.
2013 squad camps will be held across the USA and this year we are excited to open our camps up to the u/18 and encourage middle and high school students to apply. Teams will be competing in various tournaments across the USA, and we have been invited to send our open ladies Team USA and collegiate Team USA to Canada in the summer. So sign up today!!
Join us in Houston on Saturday evening April 20th, 7-10pm for a fun filled evening featuring American Idol finalist Michael Johns. We are excited to be a guest of the Houston Lonestars Australian Rules Football Club at the Karbach Brewing Co. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance here.
FORTWORTH, TEXAS FITNESS SPECIAL
Email or call CSU Fitness today, mention Netball and you'll receive a complimentary training session for you and your friends to help get you in shape for summer!!
GOLDEN OLDIES WORLD NETBALL FESTIVAL
How exciting is it to have the opening ceremonies at Sea World, San Diego, California!! Well 70 teams from across the globe will have the chance to find out on October 6. These teams will be participating in the largest Netball event ever held globally. It's not too late to register so contact us now if you are interested - only requirement is players need to be over 35 years of age, however we need volunteers and officiators for the event. You can read more about the festival here.
For those participating who want new Netball kits be sure to contact Knockout Sportswearto assist with uniforms, tracksuits and other training gear including netball sport bags. You can view uniform designs here. For teams wanting to arrive earlier/stay later and need further assistance with group bookings for domestic flights, accommodation, cars etc. please email Tania.
U.S. OPEN NETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Registration is now open for the hottest Netball event of the year. Given this is the five year anniversary of Netball America there will be plenty of surprises planned!! Due to capacity we have to limit our tournament to 24 teams and our event has been sold out for the past 2 years. We want to make this a memorable and hassle free experience for everyone so have included a lot in the registration such as: a Netball dedicated travel agent to help you get the most cost effective team flights and accomodation; a world class facility with four full size Netball courts; free water and PowerICE; event dinner; transportation to the events; masseuses, sports trainers and medics; as well as awesome goody bags.
Atlanta Youth after their games at Crusaders ATL Rally
NZ Mascot getting a cuddle from the Oz Mascot 'Puddy' at International Day
President Sonya, American Idol Michael Johns, former tennis pro Torrey Gambill wishing Bryan Bros good luck at the BNP Paribas Open
SAVE THE DATE
National Umpire Theory Exams: May 27 to June 3 and September 30 to October 6. Register today.
Houston Fundraiser: April 20th
Netball Clinics in North Carolina: April 24th to 26th
New York Youth Championships: May 31st
Gems Tournament, Atlanta: June 8th
New York Summer Camps: July & August
Golden Oldies Festival: October 6th to 13th
CallidusCloud U.S. Netball America Open, Atlanta: November 8th to 10th