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Summer Volleyball Experience Competition

Do you play volleyball and dream of a unique travel experience in the States that combines vacation, competitions and opportunities to get to know the American system?

Sportlinx360 is excited to announce the Summer Volleyball Competition Experience: 2 teams that will participate in the United States Volleyball All-Stars Championships and explore New York.

Coaches Gary Preston and Jamie Lee, leaders of the Dish It Out Volleyball Academy, will lead the teams during the trip and competitions, which will take place July 7-23.

From July 7 to 15 , teams will have the chance to train with American coaches and explore New York City.

The training sessions will be aimed at preparing for the USAV All Star Tournament and at the same time the teams will have the unmissable opportunity to experience what New York City has to offer. Among the main destinations to visit will be the Brooklyn Bridge, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square and the Freedom Tower, just to name a few, also using the famous New York subway: the colors, sounds and of course also the food of the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps.

During this time, the athletes will also participate in a volleyball camp at the prestigious St. John’s University.

From July 16 to 23 , the teams will fly to Des Moines, Iowa, to participate in the USAV All-Stars Championships, a unique opportunity to compete with American volleyball and show their skills to university coaches as potential student-athletes.

Each athlete will receive a complete clothing kit.

Gary Lee Preston

Gary Preston has over 10 years of experience as a college volleyball coach in the United States at the NCAA Division I/II/III level. Most notably, in 2017, Gary helped bring Hunter College’s men’s volleyball program to the Elite 8 of the NCAA WII National Championships. In women’s volleyball, in 2018, Gary served as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and the team won the Heartland Conference. In 2019, Gary was an assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman University (NCAA DI) and in 2020-2021, he was a head coach at Mercy College (NCAA DII). In addition to collegiate volleyball, Gary coached full-time for Brooklyn Elite Volleyball Club in 2020-2021 and in London in 2018 as an assistant with London Orcas, making it to the finals of the Women’s Super 8. Gary also had an intense collegiate-level setter career at New Jersey City University, during which he was named Second Team All-Skyline Conference in 2014. Along with Jamie Lee, he is the founder and president of the Dish It Out Volleyball Academy.

Jamie Lee

Coach Jamie has decades of experience in volleyball (first as a player and then as a coach) that have made her a point of reference in the volleyball community of the New York metropolitan area.

After her youth sports career at Allegro Volleyball Club (New Jersey), Jamie was the titular setter at Kean University and later continued her experience as an athlete in USAV events while also beginning her coaching career. At the Phoenix Volleyball Club, Coach Jamie coached, served as director of operations, and was responsible for managing the coaching staff and equipment. She has 5 years of experience as a coach with USA Volleyball’s High Performance team. Over the years, Jamie has helped athletes in the recruitment process for NCAA Division I, II, III, Junior College, and NAIA.

While still active in the game, Jamie is president of the New York Vikings Athletics and recently founded the Dish It Out Volleyball Academy with his business partner Gary Preston. Dish It Out is an organization that is committed to growing volleyball in the NY metropolitan area, with the goal of fostering a sense of unity within the volleyball community.

7-22 JULY 2024

7 July: Flight to NY from Rome (FCO)

July 8-12: Workouts, Activities + Explore NYC

July 13-15: St. John’s Volleyball Camp + St. John’s Campus tour

July 16: Flight to Des Moines, IA

17 July: training and friendly matches

July 18-21: Tournament

22 July: flight back to Italy in Rome (FCO)

Cost (Tuition): € 4650,00

  • Flight from ROME (FCO) to NY
  • Flight from NY to Des Moines, IA
  • Flight from Des Moines to ROME (FCO)
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • 3 workouts in NY
  • St. John’s University Camp and Tour
  • Room & Board in NY (8 nights)
  • Metro card for New York
  • Explore New York
  • 2 of the following activities to be evaluated based on availability: bowling, escape room, trip to the Statue of Liberty
  • USA Volleyball All-Star Championships + Training/Friendlies
  • Room and board in Des Moines (6 nights)
  • Mizuno Complete Clothing Kit (Game Uniform, Tracksuit and Backpack)
  • American staff with decades of experience who will coordinate the entire tour and activities
  • Italian staff with excellent command of the English language who will travel with the group from Italy