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May certainly was a busy month for Netball in America.  A visit to Washington DC to speak with the President's Council, Atlanta netball players coming together for Oz Fest, more squad additions to the first ever American Netball team, Texas State Netball tournament, interview on Three Feet Radio, a special visit to Miami-Dade Public County for their presidential awards, 2 great fundraisers and Team USA Netball singing with an American Idol. 


Help us win a $2500 grant for our Youth Programs by taking a 5 minute survey here and credit Netball America upon completion. Survey closes today so only a few hours left.  We are also calling for youth in the Atlanta area to participate in our GoGirlGo! Program kicking off June 7th at Stone Mountain (see flyer below).


Be sure to get your ticket here today for the Netball America Night with the Seattle Storm. You need to purchase from us in order to attend both the Netball and Basketball events. It will be a great evening as the collegiate Team USA Netball will be taking on the West Coast Lightning.

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Have you registered yet for the hottest Netball event this year in Las Vegas?? With international teams registered from Australia, England, Canada and Bermuda it's set to be a great event so register todayContact Qantas for flights from Australia & NZ.  For all other locations and hotel reservations contact Tania from Stage and Screen Travel.  Early registration & discounts finish June 30th.


Happy Playing




Sonya Ottaway, President, Netball America

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Fran's first experience with Netball came during a WNBA-NY Liberty game where Netball was the featured half-time performance. The fast paced, highly energetic game was unlike anything she had seen before and immediately caught her attention. Hailing from Calstadt, NJ, is currently an active member of the Development Department for Newark Public Radio, has a degree in Communications with over 15 years of experience in the non-profit world.  Fran is looking forward to helping generate support for Netball as it embarks on cultivating a fan base here in the USA. Click 
here to read more about Fran.


Come and watch the first ever American National Netball Team take on the USA West Coast Representative Team in front of 10,000 basketball fans on Friday June 22nd.  PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE TODAY!  If you want to volunteer, score, be a post runner, or have a daughter who wants to be a ball girl email us.  If you can't attend consider donating a ticket to sponsor an underprivileged girl to attend the event and learn more about Netball. 


 Seattle Storm



Emerald City LogoAfter enjoying watching Netball being showcased at one of the most prestigious sporting arenas in the USA, stay on for Saturday June 23 to participate in Emerald City's 'The Battle in Seattle' Netball Tournament. 


Register online here.  Individuals and teams are welcome.  Participants can be mixed, women or men.

Emerald City Netball has accomodation event rates at the Hyatt Hotel, Redmond, for Friday, June 22nd & Saturday, June 23rd.  Book here or call toll free to 1-800-993-4983 and ask for the Emerald City Netball Club rate ($129 for 2 queen beds or a studio kitchen suite, $139 for a 1 bedroom suite).  Cheap rates finish June 8th.



Oz Fest
Members of Panthers, Gems and Crusaders ATL at Oz Fest
Panthers Netball Team
President Sonya visiting Panthers Netball Club

Welcome to our new members - Panthers Netball Club, based in  

Love Joy, Georgia.  Please contact the club here and you can find them on facebook

Netball Practice Sessions on Sundays at 6:00pm at the Lovejoy Community Center, 11622 Hastings Bridge Road; Lovejoy, GA 30228.

The new club was able to meet members of other Georgia Clubs on the weekend at Oz Fest.  A big thank you to members from Crusaders ATL, Gems and Panthers who participated to promote the game of Netball.

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President's Council Photo
President Sonya with members of the President's Council on Health and Fitness, including Billie Jean King, Dr Jayne Greenburg,
  Cornell McClellan (President's personal trainer) and Exeuctive Director of the Council, Shellie Pfohl
The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition kicked off National Physical Fitness and Sports Month with its annual Council meeting in Washington, DC - in which Netball America was invited by Dr Jayne Greenburg, Council Member.  Co-chair and NFL Quarterback, Drew Brees and Olympian Dominique Dawes lead discussions about how to engage, educate and empower all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.  Netball is a great way that we can promote physical activity to help all Americans live healthier lives!


Miami Netball display
Netball at Presidential Awards in Miami

Since this visit Netball America is now partnering with the President's Challenge Program and the first ever American National Team is currently piloting the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) program.  This program is in support of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative.  We will be rolling this program out to our members.   


President's Council member Dr. Jayne Greenberg [District Director of Physical Education and Health Literacy of Miami-Dade Public Schools] invited 

President's Council in Miami
Sonya and Michael with President Council Members, Shellie and Dr Jayne

Sonya Ottaway and American Idol finalist Michael Johns to attend the PALA+ presentation in Miami, Florida for the "I Can Do It, You Can Do It" program. This is an initiative developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services, and is a physical fitness/activity program that links mentors with students with disabilities.


Over 1,200 students attended the awards presentation.  The disabled students played Netball on 2 courts and Michael wowed the crowd with his performance which you can watch here.  This event is supported by the First Lady's "Let's Move" initiative and the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.  Read more about it here.



Team USA Netball photo
Team USA

Well what an honor for these young ladies who are not only leaders in their community but representing the USA on the first ever American National Netball Team.  In just over a month they'll be competing at the World University Championships in Cape Town, South Africa.  You can meet the team and track their monthly progress.  Support the team today as they start their 'Going the Distance - Cycle to South Africa'- so sponsor an individual or the team here as each member will cycle 1,000 kms over the next 3 weeks.  Remember all donations are tax deductible.


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Tom Rooney, Vivian Flitton, John Fairweather, Crystie Rooney
Rico Cabrera with Ellen and Laura from Team USA Netball

Netball America has been organizing various fundraisers around the country to support Team USA Netball as well as our Let's Move the Youth initiatives.  We've had events in Houston and Los Angeles.  We have an upcoming event in Ann Arbor Michigan on June 2 so email us if you'd like to attend or show support by donating an item for the event.  We also had Team USA surprise our American Idol special guest by singing to him - watch the video here.


LA fundraiser
Richard Gonda, Alan Johnson & Paula Paizes

A big thank you to sponsors, entertainers and

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Kirsten Stevens (NZ Consul Deputy, Elma & the Honorable Johan Klopper, Sth African Consul with President Sonya

speakers who have supported us in these fundraising efforts especially the Honorable NZ Consul General (LA) John Mataria and Kirsten Stevens and the Honorable Australian Consul General (LA) Chris DeCure for their support over the years. I know with the heat around the country we all enjoyed refreshing and tasty drinks from Mike's Hard Lemonade; and a big thank you also to Lauren Stockard from Advancial; Alan Johnson from Ramada West Hollywood; Michael Johns and his fabulous fan club; Stephen Rowe Art; Houston Shooting Stars Netball Club; meat pies from the Aussie Import Company; David and Debbie Blackburn of Bella Vida Sanctuary; Wilson Phillips guitarist and backup vocalist Troy MacCubbin, recording artist Al Slavik; composer David Das; and award winning international speaker and author Kirsty Spraggon.   

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Texas tournament participants with Team USA Netball
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Enjoying Mike's Hard Lemonade







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 Michigan Fundraiser









 Winners tourney

Happy Playing!