The VI Volleyball team is a dedicated, hardworking group of players who are known for reaching out to others both on campus and in the community. This year, heading into their fall season, the teammates got together and wrote inspirational quotes and words of advice for their President. They put this collection of inspirational messages into a decorated jar so that Dr. Phillips could draw one out on a daily basis or whenever she felt the need.
“With the recent challenges the college has faced, we wanted to think about how we could show support within our campus community,” said Head Volleyball Coach Jennifer Kandt. “And it occurred to us – why not support our leader? Our leaders take care of us.”
The messages ranged from famous quotes by well-known names such as C.S. Lewis, R.W. Emerson and Peter Pan to song lyrics, Bible verses, and personal mantras.
“This is an amazingly thoughtful gesture, and I have been so touched reading each one,” said Phillips. “Some are serious, some Biblical, some very personal and some just make me smile – all are awesome. For Coach Kandt and the players to spend time to motivate and inspire me is truly wonderful.”
Some of the noted favorites included “Dance it out,” “Do a Fist Pump,” “Giving Up is for Rookies,” “Our gifts, His Glory,” and “Hakuna Matata!”
VI Volleyball may have started a new thing spreading motivational messages in a jar on campus or at least topped Nike’s “Just Do It.” Couldn’t we all use a little of that?
Coming up, the players will rely on their own team motivation at the AAC Tournament to be held at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport Nov. 14-15. The first match begins at 1:00 p.m. against Union College. The VI community is welcome to come watch and support the team!