Friday, March 6, 2009

Kids’ Clinic & Kids’ Marianas Cup

Phil Dalhausser, Paul Baxter, Shimpei Aoki, Yasuo Nakaya, Ji Youn Jung, Mi Hwa Shin, Su Min Jun and Kyung Soo Shin presented the Free Kids’ Clinic at PIC on Thursday afternoon from 3-4:30pm. Approximately 60 Saipan kids came out to learn to properly pass, bump, set and serve from the pros. Paul Baxter led the group for a short jog around the courts, stopping around the corners to change the footing from knee-lifts to side-steps to backward-facing runs. Next, the students were divided into groups and worked on basic skills such as the bump (forearms straight, faced up with both hands clasped out in front) as the initial task. They later transitioned to sets where the Phil cautioned the kids to “never let the ball spin” and to “reach high”. After repeated rounds, the kids learned how to serve, both underhand and overhead.

At the end, all the pros were happy to sign autographs for the kids. Jon Cramer, Tournament Director, invited the kids to watch the pros in action on Friday evening for the FREE Pro Exhibition Match which begins at 5pm at PIC’s beach volleyball courts.
In addition, the Marianas Cup Kids Tournament for kids ages 10-15 years is scheduled for Sunday, March 15th at PIC. The co-ed format requires four players and only $5 per person.
NMIVA thanks all the sponsors for contributing to this worthwhile, international event. Sponsors include: Aon Insurance, Aqua Resort Club, Burger & Comer, Chong’s Corporation, Delta Management Corporation, Glooay Mai Thai Spa, Gregg Elliott Artworks, Elite Printing, Hana Tour, Hertz, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Island Apparel, IT&E, KSPN2, LISS, Marianas Eye Institute, Marianas Medical Center, Mariana Resort & Spa, Marianas Trekking, MVA, Microl Corporation, Miller Lite, Monster, No Ka Oi, NWA, PDI, Pacific Eagle Enterprises, Paradise Island Chiropractic, Pepsi/Gatorade, PIC Guam, PIC Saipan, Rainbow Color, Saipan Grand Hotel, Seafix Inc., Shell Marianas, Star Sands Plaza, Stars & Stripes, Law Offices of Stephen J. Nutting, Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino, Topnotch, Traders Insurance, Triple J Wholesale, WDI Saipan (Tony Roma’s & Capricciosa’s).