NORCECA donates equipment to start a

pilot program in Dominican schools



SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 19, 2015 – The NORCECA Volleyball Confederation has donated a significant amount of volleyball equipment to start a pilot program aimed to teaching the basic of the sport in the Dominican Republic public schools.


The program was the idea of former women’s national team player Kenia Moreta, current director of sports for the Santo Domingo province under the Ministry of Sports and Recreation, who obtained immediate support from Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, president of NORCECA.


Several retired players of the national team working for the ministry in different capacities have enthusiastically joined Moreta, including former Olympians Juana Gonzalez, Sofia Heredia and Juana Saviñon.


The donation of sport equipment includes balls for volleyball and beach volleyball, nets, antennas, lines, sneakers and uniforms for the instructors.


“This is a great idea which I consider will contribute decisively to the expansion of volleyball in the Dominican Republic schools,” Marte Hoffiz said. “The minister of sports Dr. Jaime David Fernandez has been an allied of volleyball within the limitations of the budget and the doors of his office have been open to us.


“The donation of these equipments is a contribution of NORCECA to this idea of Kenia to assist the ministry of sports because it has been always my thinking that you cannot leave everything in the hands of the governments and the private institutions have also to contribute,” the president of NORCECA added.


Moreta commented the program was inspired in the joy experienced by a group of children during a volleyball clinic held in one of the schools of the province of Santo Domingo.


“It was really touching to see such happiness in their faces only with the opportunity to do some volleying and I immediately thought about talking to Cristobal about it,” Moreta said.  “To receive his support is really a good start and I hope other institutions join us in this crusade in favor of volleyball.”


Attendees at the ceremony included three-time Olympic champion Mireya Luis of Cuba and NORCECA Vice President Mushtaque Mohamed of Trinidad and Tobago.