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Staff Sportlinx360: The Words of Damiano Ferlito

Damiano has had a passion for sports since childhood from his volleyball career at age 15 to his debut in Serie B with Casal Bertone Volley. Today he is a coach present particularly in the youth sector of Sportacademy360 and also in the women's open categories, as coach of Volley Casal de' Pazzi, Nuovo Montona Cecilia, and Volleyro' Casal Bertone.

We interviewed Damiano Ferlito, coach, and collaborator of the Sportlinx360 communication area.

Fall 2019 Departures

It's time for new departures at Sportlinx360. The season has begun and several athletes have flown to the United States to live this important experience of life, sport and study: 8 student-athletes have just started their journey in the States, all volleyball players.

- Silvia Bonsanti, born in 2000, Middle Blocker | Mineral Area College

From the U.S.A. to England: Andrea Maggio's trip

We want to tell Andrea's story, that is tightly tied to Federico Pagliara's experience, between the United States and the new adventure in England. As always we contacted him for information and details, with the intention of writing our in-depth analysis. His spontaneous words convinced us and we decided to let him tell his story, his experience and above all his emotions. We publish the full text of the email he sent to our press office.

Life-changing and sport experience: Luciano Bucci's interview

"There are many aspects about this country that strucks me. The one surprises me most is the importance given to meritocracy: if you give a lot, you receive a lot and this pushes me to give my best every day. In the academic field I like the professors' availability to help you whenever you need and the workload which is is divided up throughout the semester. The secret is that study and sport in the United States go at the same pace: they go hand in hand and this makes easier managing everything. "

JUCO: An alternative path?

Everyone knows the stories of the undrafted-turned-pro or breakout redshirt senior year but no-one ever talks about the millions of students that take a lesser known route: junior college to traditional four-year university. The opportunity to learn crucial skills both on and off the playing field, in addition to earning a scholarship and making progress towards your degree is invaluable.

Volleyball and beach volley in constant growth in USA colleges

The constant growth and popularity of  volleyball and beach volleyball in USA colleges is impressive. Women's volleyball is already one of the most practiced sports in colleges: in the 2018-19 academic year, a total of 1,073 NCAA colleges are sponsoring volleyball teams: 334 of those teams are competing in Division 1, 303 in Division II and 436 in Division 3; NAIA institutions currently sponsor 226 women's volleyball programs along with 456 two-year colleges in the United States.