Shop small, do big things for your community
Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!
Why did you start your business?
Volleyball is more than just a game to us. It is both our passion and now our lifelong profession. As former college and pro athletes, we believe there is a need for a positive, professional and growth-oriented volleyball club in this area. In this area, people know what it takes to be successful, understand the value of commitment, and, last but not least, LOVE cheering for their kids (we have the best fans!). With all of this, our region is only missing one key element to making volleyball successful: more people who are fully committed to growing the culture. That’s where we come in – Our purpose as an organization is to grow the sport of volleyball in the Northeast region by training and developing young athletes, cultivating a lifelong love of volleyball and competition, and building a positive volleyball culture in our community. This sport has taken us all over the world and taught us so many invaluable life lessons, and we want to share that with our athletes.
Finish this sentence in regard to your business. “I wish I could…”
We wish we could create more opportunities for young athletes to play volleyball (and we are doing that with our Mini Volley and Middle School programs!). A goal of our club is to create a positive and accessible volleyball culture in our community, which has not traditionally existed here. Take basketball as an example – Go to just about any park, church, or cul-de-sac in this area, and you will find a basketball hoop. It’s no surprise that basketball has been such a dominant sport here; all you need is a basketball to play! Our long-term organizational goals include adding outdoor volleyball nets around Fairfield County and helping to build local middle school programs and town leagues to create more opportunities to play and fall in love with the game.
How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?
We are very passionate about supporting local businesses. From our strength and conditioning partner (Upper Deck Fitness) to our flooring (Sport Court of Southern Connecticut) to our promotional t-shirts (Simply Signs in Stamford), we always try to find what we need locally. We also stay fueled with mid-morning trips to the Coffee Barn and lunch stops at Molly’s Deli in Wilton just up the road (we recommend the hot veggie wrap + grilled chicken or any of their lunch plate specials!).
Northeast Volleyball Club is located at 589 Danbury Road in Wilton. Visit them online here.
HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!