By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
Former Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Saints volleyball player Juliana Mascimento has a love for the sport that brought her to Liberal directly from Brazil several years ago. Currently, Mascimento is fulfilling internship requirements at the Liberal Recreation Center. With her current position and love of the game, she plans to present a volleyball clinic to Liberal youngsters next week.
“This clinic is for girls from 10 to sixth grade, and the volleyball team from Seward County will be there helping,” Mascimento said. “The coaches might not be available during the first session because they will be recruiting. They have a series of drills the girls that participate can improve. I think there are about 10 girls on the team, I am not sure though.”
No stranger to volleyball, Mascimento brought the idea of the clinic up to the Liberal Recreation Center management and was met with positive feedback.
“I came up with the idea of the clinic and talked to Donna Nelson about it and she said it was a good idea,” Mascimento said. “She is the sports coordinator at the Rec Center. We went to the college and talked to them about it.”
As a former Lady Saint herself, Mascimento is excited to have the ability to bring the clinic to area girls, for the very first time.
“I played there in 2005 and 2006,” she said. “We have never done a clinic like this through the Rec Department. They have volleyball for little kids, but it is a six week league – but not a clinic.”
Mascimento said any female from 10 years of age to sixth grade in the High Plains region is invited to attend.
Mascimento has been serving as an intern at the Liberal Recreation Center since mid-January. Her love of volleyball brought her to the area for the first time, and helping children appreciate the love of sports brought her back.
“I have been an intern here since Jan. 18,” she said. “I am originally from Brazil. I played here for two years and then went to Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. I graduated from there with a degree in recreation management.”
SCCC/ATS will be teaming up with the Liberal Parks and Recreation Department to bring the clinic to the area from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the SCCC Green House. The cost for the clinic is $7 and registration will take place at the Liberal Recreation Center.
More information can be obtained by contacting the Recreation office during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 626-0133.