Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019. 3:29 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: If the 2018 performance of the National Women’s Volleyball team showed anything, it showed that the sport has the ability to unite Belizeans under a positive banner.
The BK Volleyball Foundation, the first payer-led initiative for the sport of volleyball, is taking that spirit of support to new heights by advocating for players to get scholarships abroad.
The foundation, the brainchild of players Bryton Codd and Karym Coleman, has managed to successfully lobby for two Belizean volleyball players, Francis Hauze and Daril Avila, to receive scholarship opportunities to play and further their studies abroad.
Avila, the most recent recipient, will be studying for a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science from Concordia University of Edmonton; while Hauze will be going to Medicine Hat College in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC).
Berisford Codd Jr, the foundations local representative, who holds over because both Codd and Coleman are in Canada, told Breaking Belize News that the initiative is geared towards nurturing student-athletes by guiding them through the recruitment process to earn college
“Recipients are chosen from the pool of players that have proven themselves for Belize on the international stage. This is still a relatively small group of persons who are currently active, so we have begun scouting at the high school level for up and coming talent,” Codd said.
He stressed that athletes must have a solid athletic background but must also have the requisite academic performance to enroll at the college and university level abroad.
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