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Big Ball Bash Event

7th Annual Big Ball Bash

JOIN THE FUN!

Looking for a fun night out?

Catch up with friends and take on the 4FT Ball in our

7th Annual Big Ball Bash Fundraiser

Friday May 3rd & Friday May 10th, 2019

You pick which night your team will play!

SIGN UP your  team for a night of FUN, LAUGHS, & FRIENDS

Event is open to anyone....
willing to take on the challenge with the 4 foot ball!
Please register by 4/12/19

 

Penguins head to USAV Nationals, fundraise for the trip

The 37th Annual USAV Girls Junior National Tournament will take place in Minneapolis, MN this year, and several Midwest Penguin Teams plan to participate.

The Midwest Penguins 131s, and 141s will compete in the USAV Nationals Division; 15Elite and 161s will compete in the American Division; 171s will compete in the Patriot Division and the Midwest Penguins 151s team is expected to receive a reallocation bid to compete as well. 

"We're so proud of the way all our teams competed this year," said Anne Slattery, club co-director. "For some of our teams the season has come to an end, but we're looking forward to a few more weekends of great volleyball and cheering on our National Teams as they compete." 

Teams headed to Nationals will host several fundraising events over the next few weeks including the Fifth Annual Big Ball Bash happening Friday, May 5 and Friday, May 12 at Center Court Sports Complex. 

More than 40 teams each night have accepted the challenge to take on the 4-foot-ball, Slattery said. 
 

"We're looking forward to another fun, and exciting event for a great cause," she added. 

Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club, in partnership with E.C.H.O.- Empowering Change Through Healthy Opportunities, a nonprofit organization that provides individuals and families with educational programs and recreational activities to promote health and fitness will host the two night event. 

The event will raise money for E.C.H.O, and Midwest Penguins teams headed to nationals. 

“We’re thankful to everyone who has participated in the event in the past, and who has helped make it so popular,” said Slattery, MWP Club Co-director and Co-founder of E.C.H.O. “Due to the demand, we’ve scheduled the event for two Friday nights this year, May 5 and May 12, to provide more opportunity for people to choose and participate.”

Teams will compete in a cross-over volleyball tournament during the event using a massive 4-foot inflatable volleyball.

Volunteers, including Midwest Penguin National Team Athletes, and sponsors help make the event possible.

Center Court will provide food and drink specials for the evening, and Penguin teams have generously donated baskets for a drawing valuing between $100 and $150. A silent auction will also take place.  

T-shirt sponsors for this year's event include: Bay Marketforce; Bender Levi, Larson & Associates, SC; Center Court Banquet Hall; Chucks Auto; Mulligan; Culver's; Devine Consign; FEI; Great Lakes Rubber; Grandma Mueller; Grow Hope at Saint A; Halquist Stone; Hartland Service Automotive Repair Center; Interstate Batteries; Milwaukee Office Products; One Touch Point; Riedel Sports; Rocky Rococo; Saint Thomas Moore; Sobelman's and Westbury Bank. 

Court Sponsors Include: Arrow Carton; Chuck's Auto; Culligan Water; Edward Jones; Fairway Stacked; Flawless Face; Grow Hope at SaintA; Hartland Service Automotive Repair Center; Interstate Batteries; Lewinski Family; M3 Financial; Milwaukee Office Products; Rocky Rococo; Saint Thomas Moore; Vrakas CPA + Advisors; and Renaissance Design and Renovation

"A huge thank you goes out to our volunteers, our sponsors and our title sponsor E.C.H.O., this event would not be possible without their assistance, and we couldn't be more grateful," said Slattery. 

Everyone is invited to attend the event and partake in the festivities even if they didn't register a team, participate in the silent auction, and the raffle and enjoy the tournament entertainment. 

Thank You 2017 Big Ball Bash Participants!

Thank you to everyone who competed and participated in the Fifth Annual Big Ball Bash! You helped make the event a great success, and we cannot thank you enough for supporting E.C.H.O and Midwest Penguins USAV National teams! 


Big Ball Bash Volunteers

Penguins head to USAV Nationals, fundraise for the trip

The 37th Annual USAV Girls Junior National Tournament will take place in Minneapolis, MN this year, and several Midwest Penguin Teams plan to participate.

The Midwest Penguins 131s, and 141s will compete in the USAV Nationals Division; 15Elite and 161s will compete in the American Division; 171s will compete in the Patriot Division and the Midwest Penguins 151s team is expected to receive a reallocation bid to compete as well. 

"We're so proud of the way all our teams competed this year," said Anne Slattery, club co-director. "For some of our teams the season has come to an end, but we're looking forward to a few more weekends of great volleyball and cheering on our National Teams as they compete." 

Teams headed to Nationals will host several fundraising events over the next few weeks including the Fifth Annual Big Ball Bash happening Friday, May 5 and Friday, May 12 at Center Court Sports Complex. 

More than 40 teams each night have accepted the challenge to take on the 4-foot-ball, Slattery said. 
 

"We're looking forward to another fun, and exciting event for a great cause," she added. 

Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club, in partnership with E.C.H.O.- Empowering Change Through Healthy Opportunities, a nonprofit organization that provides individuals and families with educational programs and recreational activities to promote health and fitness will host the two night event. 

The event will raise money for E.C.H.O, and Midwest Penguins teams headed to nationals. 

“We’re thankful to everyone who has participated in the event in the past, and who has helped make it so popular,” said Slattery, MWP Club Co-director and Co-founder of E.C.H.O. “Due to the demand, we’ve scheduled the event for two Friday nights this year, May 5 and May 12, to provide more opportunity for people to choose and participate.”

Teams will compete in a cross-over volleyball tournament during the event using a massive 4-foot inflatable volleyball.

Volunteers, including Midwest Penguin National Team Athletes, and sponsors help make the event possible.

Center Court will provide food and drink specials for the evening, and Penguin teams have generously donated baskets for a drawing valuing between $100 and $150. A silent auction will also take place.  

T-shirt sponsors for this year's event include: Bay Marketforce; Bender Levi, Larson & Associates, SC; Center Court Banquet Hall; Chucks Auto; Mulligan; Culver's; Devine Consign; FEI; Great Lakes Rubber; Grandma Mueller; Grow Hope at Saint A; Halquist Stone; Hartland Service Automotive Repair Center; Interstate Batteries; Milwaukee Office Products; One Touch Point; Riedel Sports; Rocky Rococo; Saint Thomas Moore; Sobelman's and Westbury Bank. 

Court Sponsors Include: Arrow Carton; Chuck's Auto; Culligan Water; Edward Jones; Fairway Stacked; Flawless Face; Grow Hope at SaintA; Hartland Service Automotive Repair Center; Interstate Batteries; Lewinski Family; M3 Financial; Milwaukee Office Products; Rocky Rococo; Saint Thomas Moore; Vrakas CPA + Advisors; and Renaissance Design and Renovation

"A huge thank you goes out to our volunteers, our sponsors and our title sponsor E.C.H.O., this event would not be possible without their assistance, and we couldn't be more grateful," said Slattery. 

Everyone is invited to attend the event and partake in the festivities even if they didn't register a team, participate in the silent auction, and the raffle and enjoy the tournament entertainment. 

Join us for a fun-filled 5th annual Big Ball Bash

Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club, in partnership with E.C.H.O., will host the fourth annual Big Ball Bash at Center Court Sports Complex in Waukesha. The two-night event will raise money for Penguins Teams headed to USAV Nationals, as well as E.C.H.O., or Empowering Change Through Healthy Opportunities, a nonprofit organization that provides individuals and families with educational programs and recreational activities to promote health and fitness.

“We’re thankful to everyone who has participated in the event in the past, and who has helped make it so popular,” said Anne Slattery, MWP Club Co-director and Co-founder of E.C.H.O. “Due to the demand, we’ve scheduled the event for two Friday nights this year, May 5 and May 12, to provide more opportunity for people to choose and participate.”

Teams of adults 18 and older are encouraged to sign up, and select which day they’d like to play.

More than 75 teams have registered in previous years, so teams are encouraged to sign up early.

Teams will compete in a cross-over volleyball tournament during the event using a massive 4-foot inflatable volleyball.

“It’s fun, and entertaining, and actually quite the challenge taking on the four-foot ball,” said Slattery.

Volunteers, including Midwest Penguin National Team Athletes, and sponsors help make the event possible.

The 37th Annual USAV Girls Junior National Tournament will take place in Minneapolis, MN this year, and several Midwest Penguin Teams plan to participate.

Center Court will provide food and drink specials for the evening, and Penguin teams have generously donated baskets for a drawing valuing between $100 and $150. A silent auction will also take place.  

“Join us for a family friendly evening of fun and activity. Sign up a team or just come to watch, it’s a fantastic event, and we promise you’ll have a good time,” said Slattery.

Teams must register before the end of the day on Friday, April 14 to participate. 


Thank you participants of fourth annual Big Ball Bash

Huge thank you to everyone who participated in this year's 4th Annual Big Ball Bash on 5/6 and 5/13 2016 at Center Court Sports Complex in Waukesha. 

The event was a huge success. 

Thank you also to all of our court, t-shirt and silent auction sponsors, our volunteers, our team coaches, athletes and our parents. We couldn't have done this with out you. Visit our Facebook Page to view some pictures from the event, and stay tuned to the website for a fundraising update and video coming soon! 


Thank you! 


Thank you participants of third annual Big Ball Bash

Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club, in partnership with E.C.H.O., recently hosted the third annual Big Ball Bash at Center Court Sports Complex in Waukesha. The event raised money for E.C.H.O., and Penguins Teams headed to Nationals. 

"It was an outstanding event," said Anne Slattery, club director of Penguins and co-founder of E.C.H.O., "It was so great to see so many people out for the weekend- supporting a great cause." 

Empowering Change through Healthy Opportunities, (ECHO) is a not-for-profit organization that provides individuals and families with educational programs and recreational activities to promote greater health and fitness. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will go towards helping Midwest Penguins teams traveling to the Junior National Tournament this summer. 

Nearly 300 people formed 52 teams and participated over the two-day event.

Teams competed in a cross-over type volleyball tournament each night of the event. Instead of a traditional volleyball, teams competed using a giant four-foot volleyball for the matches.

More than 60 volunteers and 19 sponsors helped make the event possible, Slattery said. 

"We want to personally thank everyone who came and participated," Slattery said. "The event could not be successful without our participants, our sponsors and our volunteers.

Sponsors for this year’s event included: OneTouchPoint-CCI, Center Court Sports Complex, Culvers- Waukesha, E.C.H.O., Frett Barrington, Midwest Penguins Volleyball, Riedel Sports,  WI Coach Lines/Coach USA, Roman Electric Co., Responsory, Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin, First Weber Realtors, Northview Banquet Hall and Catering, Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin, Complete Office of Wisconsin, and Grandma Mueller. 

The two-day event raised approximately $9,500. Proceeds benefited E.C.H.O., and the Penguin teams competing at Nationals. These teams include: Penguins 131, 141, 151s who earned National Bids, 161s who earned the Patriot Bid and 171s who earned an American Bid. The 36th Annual USAV Girls Junior National Tournament will take place in New Orleans, La., June 23 through July 2.

Center Court provided food and drink specials for the evening, and Penguin teams generously donated baskets for a drawing valuing between $100 and $150. A silent auction also took place.  

Check out the THANK YOU slide show created for participants and sponsors at the event by clicking on the video below.

 

MWP 15 Black Highlighted by Prep Dig

The Midwest Penguins 15Black Team was recently highlighted in PrepDig - the source for Wisconsin High School volleyball news. 

"The Midwest Penguins 15-Black team is bursting with talent," said reporter Rachel Kass. "From defense to right side hitting, the team connects on all levels."

Kass, a former player and also a current member of the MWP Family recently joined the staff at Prep Dig and has been writing for the online website for the past few months. 

Kass goes on to talk about the wins  15Black has accomplished this year. 

"They have pulled in some major wins this season including, most recently, winning their Pre-Nationals Tournament at the Great Lakes Center in the 15 Premier division."

A subscription is required to read the entire piece, but the story is available here. 

Congrats to our National Teams

Several Midwest Penguins teams have earned and accepted bids to the 2018 Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships. This year's event will be held at the Cobo Center in Detroit Michigan. Congratulations to our athletes, coaches and parents for a job well done! 

  • The 13 Black earned a bid and accepted the American Bid 
  • The 14 Black earned a Nationals Bid
  • The 14 Red will attend the Patriot division
  • The 15 Black earned a National Bid
  • The 16 Black will attend Premier Division
  • The 17 Black will attend Premier Division

Dates and times for the annual GJNC age divisions is below. 

Age & Division    Team Check-In   Dates of Competition
17 Open, National, USA, American & Patriot   June 29th   June 30th - July 3rd
16 Open, National, USA, American & Patriot   June 30th   July 1st - July 4th
15 Open, National, USA, American & Patriot   June 25th   June 26th - June 29th
14 Open, National, USA, American & Patriot   June 24th   June 25th - June 28th
13 Open, National, USA & American   June 28th   June 29th - July 2nd
12 National & American   June 26th   June 27th - June 30th
11 National   June 28th   June 29th - July 1st

Penguins featured in Badger Region newsletter

Midwest Penguins National teams, as well as other teams from around the Badger Region were highlighted in the Badger Beacon, the monthly newsletter of Badger Region Volleyball Association. 
The July issue of the newsletter outlined the divisions and final rankings of the 33 teams from the Badger Region that competed. 
The 39th USA Volleyball Championship took place at the Cobo Center in Detroit from June 25 through July 4.

Check out the newsletter here: