Indeed, the idea of the Volleyball House was first and foremost conceived to give back to the city that has hosted the Olympic Games and put the sport of volleyball on the worldwide map. The house required months of renovation, which the school’s 600 students, its teachers and employees will benefit from following the conclusion of the Olympic Games.
But it was the daily development activities that had a central role in attracting people to the Copacabana beach to play, learn and meet volleyball and beach volleyball greats like Brazil’s Giba and Mauricio Lima, USA’s Randy Stoklos, Serbia’s Vladimir Grbic and China’s Xue Chen among others.
The development activities benefitted greatly from the investment of top level athletes and coaches like Luizomar de Moura from Brazil, who spent valuable hours giving children a taste of what the sport has to offer.
For a first time initiative during an Olympic Games, the Volleyball House came a long way in a short time showing that a great deal can be achieved with a lot of hard work and creativity.