|Club||Matt Helms||8083360607||-||Columbia Juniors||Kennewick||Wa|
|Secondary Positions||S, DS|
I first started volleyball in the 4th grade and I immediately loved the game. For most of my volleyball career I have been trained as a setter, but during my U-14's year I was assigned as both a setter and libero. I decided that I would benefit from becoming a full time libero. What I like about defense is the amount of strategy and mindfulness you need to succeed. I feel that I can learn from every play and I always work to improve my game.
School has always been my number one priority, but I enjoy the challenge that is being a student athlete. I've been a part of the honors program since I was in the 4th grade and starting my sophomore year I was eligible to take on "college-into-high school" courses and AP classes. I currently hold a 3.6 GPA.
I enjoy doing many variations of community service especially when it involves kids. Every summer for the last 2 years I have volunteered and Ghormely Meadows Christian Camp for the youth. What I do is stay on the site for one week and help "Aunt" for a cabin of girls, do daily dish/cleaning duties along with event setup. I also volunteer at Northwest harvest and have helped coach for my high school's volleyball camp.
To play in college is not only my personal goal, but my career goal because to play at the next level is for those who are up for the challenge of also being a student athlete.
-I want to play in college because I want to experience the level of intensity that comes with becoming a college level athlete. The years of playing club ball and school ball are meant to train yourself in order to be able to play at the next level.
-I've taken a leadership class that requires the students to plan, organize and execute school events that involve lots of responsibilities. Also for the last couple years, I've volunteered at a summer camp where I "Aunt" for a counselor. This gives me the responsibility of leading a group of kids for a week along with organizing camp wide activities.
-Academics are the first priority when it comes to student athletes. So in order to have a "healthy athletic performance", you need to perform well in school to be able to focus on how to get better on the court.
-As Previously mentioned, I volunteer at Ghormely Meadows Christian Camp which is a local summer camp for the youth. I stay on the grounds for a week while I help out with the campers, dish/cleaning duties and event setup. I also have volunteered at Northwest Harvest which is a food bank for those who can't afford to buy their own food. I've also assisted my dad as him and his company were chosen to build our local Young Life building which is meant to be a gathering place for kids.
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