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US Women's National Team shares the spirit of Pass it Forward


Kristin Hildebrand, US Women's National Team
Position: Outside Hitter
Who is your most inspirational mentor or coach?

Kristin: My most inspirational mentor and coach was my mother. She was my first volleyball coach at age 9 and coached me through club until I graduated high school. She taught me so much about the game of volleyball and the importance of playing every point with passion. She also emphasized and taught me how to be a great teammate.


Why do you believe it is beneficial for kids to participate in youth sports?

Kristin: Participating in sports as a kid teaches you motivation, dedication, accountability and what it means to be a part of a team. All of which translate to everyday life.

Jenna Hagglund, US Women's National Team
Position: Setter
How have sports taught you the value of accountability both on and off the court?

Jenna: Accountability is really highlighted and learned through sports, especially as part of a team. You’re working together with your teammates and coaches to improve; part of that is holding each other and yourself to higher standards. There’s nothing more motivating than being invested in a common goal with the people around you. Not just on the court, but taking responsibility for who you are and how you act makes us all better teammates and people.


Think of a time when someone surprised you with an act of kindness or generosity. How did it make you feel?

Jenna: Recently, while traveling from Brazil to a competition, my luggage got lost. There was a lot of confusion with the hotel and bus transportation and when we got to the airport to leave, I was bag-less. Two people went above and beyond to help me: my head coach, Karch, and our Brazilian guide. Karch walked all through the airport with me, calling people, and even bought us some ice cream. Our guide, Patrick, took the bus back to the hotel (an hour and a half drive out of the way) to find out what happened. He was in contact with me and checking in for the following week! I felt so lucky and grateful that these people cared enough to go the extra mile to help. Being selfless and caring for others is a not only a special quality, but a universal language.

Cursty Jackson, US Women's National Team
Position: Middle Blocker

Why do you believe it is beneficial for kids to participate in youth sports?

Cursty: I think its beneficial for kids to participate in sports because it really establishes a lot of communication habits that are very important later on in life. It can also build self-esteem and promote a healthy lifestyle.


Think of a time when someone surprised you with an act of kindness or generosity. How did it make you feel?

Cursty: One day after film, I left my purse and my teammate returned it to me. She went out of her way to bring it to my room. It made me feel thankful to have someone looking out for me.

Jordan Larson-Burbach, US Women's National Team
Position: Outside Hitter
How have sports taught you the value of accountability both on and off the court?

Jordan: Growing up I was involved in many sports: basketball, volleyball, softball and track. Each sport shaped me into the player I am today because I had to learn how to listen to direction, how to be a team player and also how to handle success and adversity. I am very thankful for my parents for allowing me to be involved in so many sports.


Who is your most inspirational mentor or coach?

Jordan Larson-Burbach: The most inspiration person in my life was my mother. She battled cancer for 7 long hard years. To see her go through tough times will not feeling well and still able to wake up every morning with a smile on her face. She was such a fighter who had the biggest heart. She taught me so much and I am forever grateful.


Cassidy Lichtman, US Women's National Team
Position: Opposite/Outside Hitter
How have sports helped you develop into the person you are today?

Cassidy: All of the values I would consider most important to my life have been learned through, or reinforced, by sports. I’ve learned about commitment, discipline, hard work and I have a greater sense of who I am. I’ve also learned how to be a part of a team, how to communicate effectively and how to lead. The list goes on and on.


How have sports taught you the value of accountability both on and off the court?

Cassidy: Being a part of a team means that there is always somebody depending on you. If you don’t take care of your responsibilities then the whole group suffers. Sports teach you that it’s not all about you; your decisions affect other people too.


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