Missouri hitter Emily Wilson still remembers when she participated in volleyball clinics as a young girl.
“The main thing [I remember] being [are] the girls and how they treated me,“ the junior said. “That made me want to play volleyball.”
Wilson was at a clinic Wednesday night, but this time as an instructor.
The Missouri volleyball team hosted a Girl Scout clinic for the third consecutive year at the Hearnes Center, teaching about 75 Girl Scouts the fundamentals of the sport they love.
“Volleyball is a very technical sport,” said setter Molly Kreklow. “If you don’t start with individual skills, then it’s kind of a mess all over when you’re young.”
Volleyball Director Susan Kreklow, who organized the event, ensures that the Tigers participate in a plethora of clinics throughout the year, free of charge.
“We like to get out in our community, so we like to give back,” she said.
In October, the team sends players to different elementary schools, where each player runs a clinic at a different school for five weeks. It’s something that Molly Kreklow, a senior, eagerly anticipates.
“It’s pretty fun to get in here and interact with the kids and the community,” she said. “It’s a nice break from practice.”