US Embassy Manila recently hosted American volleyball coaches Eric Hodgson and Michelle Goodall in the Philippines under the US Department of State’s Sports Envoy Program,for a series of volleyball clinics and outreach activities.
The Sports Envoys held volleyball clinics throughout the weekwith participants from Taguig and Muntinlupa National High Schools, Marillac Hills and the University of Perpetual Help in Biñan, Laguna.
The Envoys also traveled to Cebu City, where they conducted volleyball clinics at the University of San Carlos for more than a hundred female students and coaches from Cebu and Mindanao.
To close the trip, US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski joined the Sports Envoys for the donation of volleyball equipment to Asilo de San Vicente de Paul Orphanage in Manila.
Michelle Goodall has more than 24 years of experience directing and coaching volleyball programs. She is currently the Director of Membership Development for the Iowa Region of USA Volleyball, and a member of USA Volleyball’s Paralympic and Grassroots Commissions.
Eric Hodgson has coached volleyball for the last 18 years. He serves as the Coaching Education Director for the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball and also started and ran the Region’s High Performance Program from 2001-2011.
Sports Envoys are athletes and coaches who travel all over the world to lead sports diplomacy activities. The Envoys hold sports clinics for young people and their coaches, participate in community outreach activities, and engage youth in a dialogue on the importance of leadership and respect for diversity. This year’s program in the Philippines is focused on empowering young women and girls.