WILMINGTON, N.C. - Members of the UNC Wilmington volleyball program recently spent time teaching area youngsters from the Brigade Boys & Girls club the sport of volleyball.

"Our work with the Brigade Boys and Girls Club was a great opportunity for the Seahawk Volleyball family to get out into the community and share their knowledge of the game with others," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek.

"Not only that, but it was great to have some fun with kids within the community while showing them why we love the sport of volleyball so much."

The team held two separate sessions with members of the club with the focus on the fundamentals of the sport. The first group featured kids ages 5-12 while the second group consisted of middle school and high school aged participants. Both sessions featured demonstrations and drills aimed at educating the kids on the basic aspects of the sport such as serving, passing and attacking. The older session also featured a scrimmage with members of the program playing alongside the session's participants.

"The first group was fun because the girls had a chance to really teach some skills to kids who may have never been exposed to volleyball before," said Bambenek. "The second session was also enjoyable because the kids were not only able to gain a better appreciation for volleyball, but they were also able to play a little bit at the end with the girls from the team, which both sides enjoyed immensely."

The sessions were part of the program's community service involvement for the 2009-10 season. The team has also participated in UNCW's Move-in Day, Relay for Life, The Colonial Athletic Association's Blood Drive and the Student Athlete Advisory Council's Thanksgiving Basket and Comfort Socks initiatives.