Starlings Volleyball Program-Oakland: History

Program History
The first Starlings Volleyball Club was established in San Diego in 1995 to provide a volleyball program that would largely serve minority girls from low-income at-risk families. Our name comes from the small bird that is symbolic of our program theme – “Giving ALL Girls A Chance To Fly”. Starlings Volleyball Club is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since that initial start-up in San Diego in 1995, there are now Starlings Clubs in over 40 cities and Native American Reservations throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Starlings Volleyball Club was formed in Oakland in 1998 with team members who resided in Alameda & Contra Costa counties. Our season culminated with those 19 young girls, ranging in age from 14-18, traveling to the national Starlings tournament in Dallas, Texas. For many of the girls, this was their first time on a plane, first time traveling out of the Bay area, and their first time competing in a sport that could lead to their college education. Our 17-18 year-old girls won the silver division championship in Dallas and more importantly each of the 4 seniors on the team enrolled in college in the fall of 1998.