After Hurricane Maria wrought devastation in Puerto Rico 14 months ago, the island’s citizens were in desperate need of help and hope. In May, Bradley’s volleyball team traveled to Morovis, in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, delivering volleyballs to schools in impoverished areas, each signed with a message of encouragement. The area is home to senior libero Yavianliz Rosado.
In addition to playing three matches, the team hosted three clinics for local children and donated clothing, medicine and supplies to homes for senior citizen and a women’s center. The trip was part of USA Volleyball’s Leave a Ball Behind Program.
Senior middle blocker Alissa Schovanec, in a video posted on the team’s Facebook page, summed up the experience. “Being able to share these experiences as a team is culture changing for who we are as a program and as individuals,” she said.