First United Methodist Church starting co-ed Upward Volleyball League

MARTINSVILLE — Volleyball with values.

That’s what First United Methodist Church intended when creating a co-ed volleyball league in conjunction with Upward Sports.

The primary goal is to instill values ​​in the community’s youth that Youth and Family Pastor Laura Ballinger believes last a lifetime.

“We’re teaching kids the values ​​that come along with sports,” she said. “There’s so many positive things about, not just in competitive sports, but just being on a team. To teach people healthy, positive ways of dealing. Tried and true vales. It goes a long way, and it can translate into every area of our interactions throughout life.”

To integrate and transfer those skills among other aspects of one’s life is something Ballinger wishes to accomplish in the league’s first year. It’s something she hopes not only the kids realize within their own growth, but parents and grandparents too.

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