Texas Tornados Volleyball Club
September 15, 2012
This is an invitation for you as a sponsor to participate in the continuing growth and success of the Texas Tornados Volleyball Club. For the past seventeen years, our Club has provided girls 9 -18 years of age an opportunity to train and compete at the local, state and national level in the sport of volleyball.
Many of our girls require financial assistance to keep up with the rising costs of training and travel. For the 2012 season, the Texas Tornados Volleyball Club enrolled over 400 girls into the program and anticipates the same number of girls for the 2012-2013 season. The club continues to seek funding through corporate and individual sponsors, advertisement and participant fees. These fees ensure girls the opportunity to pursue their dreams of playing the game they love and get a college education for up to 5 years paid.
Each year, the Texas Tornados Volleyball Club trains from November through May and extends their season into July, as teams compete at Junior Olympics for the national title. In 1995, the club was highlighted in Volleyball Magazine as one of the new clubs to watch. Our 13 and under team was pictured in the 1999 summer edition for their outstanding 53-1 record and 3rd place finish against Puerto Rico at the National Junior Olympics.
In the summer of 2006 Tornados sent 8 teams to National Junior Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, which earned our club the best club in the Lone Star Region for the third year. Lone Star Volleyball selects clubs for this award based on number of teams qualified for Nationals and there respected finishes. This summer our 14 Nike team finished 3rd at National Junior Olympics securing a bronze medal. Our 12 Nike and 17 Nike teams placed 5th at Nationals. Our 13 Nike team placed 7th and our 15 Nike team finished 11th overall.
In the summer of 2007, Tornados sent 9 teams to National Junior Olympics in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our 15 and 17 Mizuno teams finished 3rd at National Junior Olympics securing a bronze medal. 16 Mizuno and 17 Black teams finished 9th, 12 & 13 Mizuno finished 13th, 14 Mizuno finished 14th, 18 Mizuno finished 19th and our 14 Black finished 31st.
In the summer of 2008, Tornados sent 9 teams to National Junior Olympics in Dallas, Texas. Our 12 and 13 Mizuno teams finished 5th at National Junior Olympics. 14 Mizuno finished 9th, 17 and 18 Mizuno finished 13th, 16 Mizuno finished 14th, 15 Mizuno and 14 Black finished 25th, and our 15 Black team finished 19th.
In 2009-2010 Texas Tornados sent 9 teams to USA National Junior Olympics. There are only 11 clubs in the nation that sent 9 teams or more to USA National Junior Olympics; Texas Tornados is one of them. We pride ourselves on training our athletes to compete at the highest level and using the lifelong lessons in their everyday life.
You’ll Never Know What Hit You!
In 2010-2011, Texas Tornados sent 2 teams to AAU Championships, 2 teams to USA National Junior Olympics and in July, sent 31 players, coaches and parents to Nicaragua for a week to help with community service projects. Programs such as teaching English to local employees, traveling in an old bus called a “Mobile Library,” to deliver books to the small villages that do not have access to education. Our team also spent time in the schools, orphanages and training with the Nicaraguan National Team. The group also brought 70 bags of donation items collected from our club (books, school supplies, clothes, sports equipment and financial donations) that we distributes throughout our trip. Check out our Facebook Page “Texas Tornados Nicaragua Trip 2011” for details, pictures and videos of the trip…it was a life-changer for all who participated!
In 2011-2012, Texas Tornados sent 4 teams to AAU Championships and 5 teams to the USA National Junior Olympics. We are proud to announce that our 12 Mizuno team finished 2nd in the Nation and are hoping to return next season to claim the National Championship.
For the past 11 years 95% of all graduating seniors are playing volleyball at the next level. We have girls playing at USC, Baylor, Rice, Texas Tech, UCLA, Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma, Arkansas and Michigan to name just a few. We have college coaches in the gym recruiting during the club season on a consistent basis. We have athletes ranked in the top 5 to 25 in the nation this season.
Our coaching staff consists of strong role models, many from Division I and high school sport programs that have been with our club for many years. The consistency and personalities of our coaches is what draws many new players to the program.
Along with a competitive spirit, the club presents a nurturing environment where girls learn the game of volleyball in a supportive climate and life lessons to apply to daily situations. The success of the club over the past twelve years provides our girls with a sense of belonging to a winning program and enhances each member’s self-esteem. As a member of our sport program the girls gain skills in responsibility and discipline. We believe that our program teaches individuals to excel, promotes family unity and develops leadership.
We also spotlight girls seeking scholarships to NCAA colleges and universities. We also have Recruiting Coordinators to promote our 15-18 year old recruit-able athletes and to help focus our female athletes on the importance of attending a University and pursuing an athletic scholarship.
By personalizing the participation in our club, it extends to the families at home. Parent participation is strongly encouraged and special attention is given to those families that need additional assistance. With sponsorship support we have been able to assist those in need and provide National exposure for those seeking scholarships.
As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, we hope you will give strong consideration to assisting one of our players from the Texas Tornados Volleyball Club with financial support. Thank you in advance for providing an opportunity for our girls to succeed.
Erikka Gulbranson, Director 12’s – 14’s
JoEllen Kliafas, Director 15’s – 18’s