They have been long and difficult months, but in the end our athletes managed to leave for the United States and undertake this new adventure with the support of the Sportlinx360 staff.
Let's put some order while giving you a brief presentation of the latest departures.
We start off with Vera Beltrame who landed at Park University, Missouri, expanding the little Sportlinx360 "colony" which already sees Margherita Marconi and Luciano Bucci present at the University of Parkville. She will study Graphic Design and play for the women's volleyball team which in recent years has alwyas been in the top 5 of the NAIA ranking.
At the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Michela De Marzi began her academic and athletic career where she will have the opportunity to play in the Division I of the NCAA. Emanuela Riglioni, instead, will play and study at Xavier University of Louisiana under the orders of Coach Pat Kendrick who directed all editions of our Showcases. Moreover, at Xavier Manuela will find our Angela Egonu who left last year.
Another Sportlinx360's student athlete arrived at Old Dominion University. After Alessia Sgherza and Valentina Culaciati, Coach Fred Chao, our other acquaintance and participant at the last American College Volleyball Showcase, will be able to count on Camilla Tamburini. With ODU Camilla will play in the NCAA Division I, competing in the first ever volleyball season of school history.
To stick with the topic Showcase, Tatijana Fucka, who made herself known at the first event organized by Sportlinx360 three years ago, today realized her dream of reaching America where she will play with the women's volleyball team of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and will study Media and Public Communication.
Elena Bianchi as well, after participating in all editions of our Showcase, has recently started her adventure at Miami Dade College with Coach "Kiko" Benoir, in one of the most successful teams in the NJCAA.
After meeting Hofstra University at our Showcase in 2019, Bianca Bucciarelli, confirmed her choice of playing volleyball and study at Hofstra, a few kilometers from the Big Apple.
Irene Abbruciati, strongly desired by Coach Frank Lavrisha, another loyal participant of our events in Italy, landed on the West coast at the University of San Francisco, who particularly appreciated Irene for her competitive spirit and determination. In the Dons volleyball team she will find Anna Dalla Vecchia.
Giulia Follador has already set a record as she is the very first Italian ever to enter the Florida Southwestern State College women's volleyball program where she will study Business and Administration. The same goes for Margherita Giani, the first Italian and the first International athlete in the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale women's volleyball team. Double arrival, instead, at Indian River State College where Doris De Prato and Irene Verdino began their American dream. They will play in the NJCAA Division I, in the competitive Conference 8 which brings together some of the best teams in Florida.
We close out with Leonardo Annichini, who left just a few days ago from Veneto to Des Moines in Iowa to play for the men's volleyball team at Grand View University and study Sports Management.
To you, and to all our returning student-athletes who have just headed back to the States to continue their journey: good luck guys, we are very proud of you all!