New Life Now Warriors Volleyball
The New Life Now Warriors Volleyball team started out as a group of friends, which included Charlie Hong, Lisa Chu, and Linda Chu, who got together on the weekends to play outdoor volleyball at Seward Park back in the summer of 2008. As the days went on, the weather became cooler and the color of the leaves began to change to the familiar hues of orange and red but the thirst for volleyball carried on. With the gracious support of the New Life Now Church, we were able to secure a location for volleyball at the P.S. 2 gym on Henry Street. Soon after, we had an idea, a vision to create a team that invited the youth from the community to play volleyball. It has been three years since that fateful day, and the NLN Warriors Volleyball team is now comprised of over 50 members and is still growing.
Practices are held every Sunday from 8AM-5PM. Activities are led by coaches Charlie Hong, Timothy Hui, Bryan Fong, Fanny Ng and Edison Chow, to incorporate the fundamental skills of volleyball to each member. Scrimmages are held at the end of the day against one another and the members are encouraged to support one another despite their differences in play level. The practices are designed to teach good sportsmanship, teamwork, communication, discipline, and encouragement to each other. They also complete assignments to evaluate their own and their team’s progress and to demonstrate what it means to be a Warrior. Friendly volleyball matches against outside teams such as OCM, CUMC, and various high school teams are held to allow the team to demonstrate their skills and to promote fellowship. The team has also participated in tournaments such as VBLI, the NY Urban Professionals Volleyball league, Running Roots, the Alfred Smith Outdoor tournament, Spike for Cambodia, and the Vanderbilt YMCA tournament.
The New Life Now Warriors are also proud to be the host of several tournaments each year varying from traditional co-ed 6s, triples, doubles, and our very own quints!
The NLN Warriors are not only involved in playing volleyball, but they are also involved with community service throughout the year. They have participated in delivering care packages to the homeless with the NLN Action Seekers, a shoebox drive for Haiti, and the Joyful News Festival. They continue to lend a hand whenever help is needed. They also attend church services before practice every Sunday to listen the Minister Kenny’s messages and learn more about God.
Outside the practice, the Warriors also enjoy bonding with each other by playing games and sharing stories back at the NLN Recreation room. They go out for dinner together after tournaments and Urban game nights, and bake pastries during the holidays, scrimmages, and just about every time someone has a sweet tooth. They had a snowball fight last winter and hosted a secret Santa gift exchange party. They also threw a wonderful farewell party for one of their coaches who moved from NY to attend graduate school. One member described her feelings about the NLN Warriors, “Every Sunday is something to look forward to all the time now and I will never regret joining the family of Warriors.” Indeed, the New Life Now Warriors isn’t just a team, but a family, and this will have never been made possible without the support of the New Life Now Church.
“I have bestowed strength on a warrior; I have exalted a young one from among the people.”
To get more infomation or sign up to play, please email: CHong@NewLifeNow4Me.org
Also visit http://vb.newlifenow4me.org/ for scheduling and updates.