Quarterly Newsletter

Succeeding on and off the fields and courts,

through the sports of soccer & volleyball

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Our summer activities kicked off June 21st, with our first-ever evening futsal program at the new South Common multi-sport space. The summer schedule looked different every week, including intensive camps with 6:00 am start times during our two-week Sport & Wellness Academy. We also sponsored weekend volleyball clinics, including a first-ever three-day "Volleybond" event to accommodate family work schedules...More >

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“I was able to gain so much valuable experience. I got to communicate with a lot of people. I learned how to write, create google forms, newsletters, and promotional videos. My favorite part was getting to be an aspiring coach. As one of the older girls, it was an honor to help the younger hires become better coaches and assist them in learning the proper way to speak to and instruct out the younger kids. I look forward to using the skills I learned to better myself in the future & those around me.”-Yasmin

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Our 31 summer hires and related $65,000+ in wages represented our largest youth jobs cohort and the first time Beyond Volley youth reaped those essential benefits. Many partners like Essex County Community Foundation, Attorney General Healthy Summer Jobs, MassHire, Amelia Peabody, New Balance, Cummings, and Highland Street Foundations contributed to this longstanding Leadership-Through-Sport priority. Also, through Forest Foundation's summer internship...More >


Lawrence Rec Soccer for PreK-2nd graders is also back!

A huge focus has been expanding play benefits to younger kids, ages 4-8. This fall our Soccer Director, Chris Marin, added extra practice days for 1st & 2nd graders & kids/ parents couldn't be happier...More >

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We've returned with in-school sports enrichment!

Today, we're running sports enrichment programs in 5 schools, every weekday. Its not only great to expand play for more kids during their school day but its a youth jobs generator too, a #winwin...More >


Lawrence Youth Travel Soccer Returns for League Play after 2 years of being sidelined!

This fall 15 Coach Mentors dedicate 39 weekly #onthefield hours to ensure 250+ elementary & middle schools kids’ benefit from positive SBYD experiences, including 8 weekends of travel games in Essex County Youth Soccer More >

Beyond Volley has been running weekly clinics for kids as young as 4 this Fall!

It's a maxed-out gym of 26 elementary & middle schoolers at the YMCA on Mon. & Wed. nights. Some former players are leading the charge back, which, again, is a great win-win for our focus on sports, health, & leadership! More >

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Taking Sports to the City Streets! Another memorable community event in the books! The Mayor's Health Task Force brought back Ciclovia, or its “Open Streets” event in August, with a host of city partners. The Beyond Volley crew made this their weekend focus, and united many summer hires for some fun street-style play! We anticipate more events in 2022 More >


Making Sports More Inclusive! We just wrapped up the Merrimack Valley’s first TOPSoccer season for athletes with intellectual, emotional, or physical disabilities! Thanks to a partnership between MVYMCA and Beyond Soccer, plus support from MA Youth Soccer "buddies" & players benefited from 1-on-1 play time! See you next spring. Learn More > here!


A Work-Study program providing mutual benefits! Since September thanks to Notre Dame Cristo Rey’s Corporate Work-Study, Gabriela, an NDCR 10th grader has spent every Tuesday, assisting us with important behind-the-scenes business and administrative tasks. Partner Sentinel Benefits Group funds this opportunity so she gains skills while helping us keep up with our expanding To-do’s More >


Beyond Volley is now a recognized

USA Volleyball Club!

Did you know that 91% of current collegiate volleyball athletes play club sports? 

Those numbers are staggering and also motivated our decision to invest in a partnership with the U.S. Youth Volleyball.

This relationship ensures that Beyond Volley is recognized as a club, resulting in expanded opportunities for Lawrence youth and teens to get every chance to develop their skills, especially through travel tournament participation so their skills can be advanced and seen.

This step also strengthens our focus on kids, ages 4-12, benefiting from quality, fun, and accessible camps, clinics, and in-city leagues. It expands our sports pipelines, making sure Lawrence youth get the same chance as suburb kids to play, compete, and get exposure to college coaches and showcases that they might not otherwise get. They deserve it, and we look forward to doing everything we can to expand travel tournament experiences and showcase their talents and passion for sports! Other USA Volleyball Club Benefits:

  • All coaches must be SafeSport certified;
  • Free IMPACT training for all coaches;
  • Opportunity to play in all USA Volleyball-sanctioned competitions and events
  • See all other benefits More >
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What is Director of Volleyball Development, Leti Valdez, most excited about?

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Leti has spent the last two weeks ensuring Beyond Volley met all USA Volleyball's club requirements, including hours of training and Safe Sport certs. Now she's even more excited about expanding our impact through our first-ever club program and registering those teams in local and regional tournaments. Just as important to Leti are Beyond's off-the-court priorities that will provide young people with mental and physical health benefits through BeyondFit & Balanced and Academic Overtime this winter! These focuses are in addition to daily in-school and after-school programs she's expanding! There's no slowing down, Leti!

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Today, Mildarys leads a packed gym of 4-15-year-olds, twice-weekly at the YMCA! “Being a coach has brought happiness to my life. "Working alongside Director, Leti and the "Beyond" team has allowed me the chance to grow, both as a coach and as a person. I love walking into the gym and seeing all their little faces light up as they get ready for another evening of volleyball. I am beyond grateful to call Beyond Volley, my new family."

"I grew up playing volleyball in Puerto Rico. I never imagined the joy I'd be able to bring to others through the sport I love so much, but now as a coach mentor." Mildarys

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If we had a plaque that recognized our most committed Lawrence Youth Travel Soccer #CoachMentors, Marcy would top the list! Without hesitation, she steps in when needed, coaching any age group. She opens up her home and heart for team get-togethers and, never fail, emails a Sunday night game recap with an incredibly detailed and constructive post-game summary. On many of her off days (from coaching), she hosts extra goalie training (Ps, Marcy was an unbelievable college keeper!) Her season-ending team recognition ceremony, honoring each player's contributions, like most spirited, completely embraces the "beyond" part of our work. Her 2v2 contest with prizes on the last practice day of the season has also become a go-to tradition.

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We've moved into a larger space at 280 Riverwalk. It includes expanded office and program space (fitness, computer lab, and more), overlooking the soon-to-be turf field at Riverwalk Innovation HUB! A Save the Date OPEN HOUSE Coming soon!

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*LSA Members: Lawrence Pop Warner, Beyond Soccer, Suenos Basketball, New England Gladiators, City Basketball League, Serving Stars, New England Hoops Academy, Hitters Home, Beyond Volley, Lawrence Legion, Mercedes Baseball, South Lawrence East, Central, Mt. Vernon Little Leagues 

We're part of the National Movement for Sports Equity!

Through our participation in the Lawrence Sports Alliance, we're learning from other sports groups across the country driving location-based coalition-building! Our participation in the post-Project Play Summit has us even more committed to advancing this work with our Lawrence sports friends, like Everyone's A Player, Suenos Basketball, Lawrence Pop Warner, Lawrence Legion, and many more!* For more about successful collaborative essentials, check out this video from Project Play Summit! You'll hear from our Lawrence Sports Alliance friends!

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We’re honored to be one of 42 organizations from 23 states receiving a 2021 Sports 4 Life grant from the Women's Sports Foundation and espnW to increase the participation and retention of girls of color in youth sports programs. We agree with Deborah Antoine, WSF's CEO that “all girls–regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ability, zip code or family income–deserve equal access to the lifelong, transformative benefit of sports!” See the official press release! Specifically, this grant will connect more Lawrence girls to positive SBYD experiences and female mentorship, like "Beyond Fit & Balanced!"




Thanks for being part of our #teameffort! - Stephanie McArdle, Executive Director

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