The group meets weekly, setting up multiple nets and stringing out courts on Bayou St. John.“Since 2007 we’ve been advocating to be part of the greenway,” said Peter Hickman, president of the MCVG.
Hickman, also a Mid-City resident, has been heavily involved in the city’s volleyball scene for many years, running leagues and heading up MCVG. His leagues have had a few homes across the city, though he said the most recent one was paved over and became parking lot.
“Setting up nets on the grass is just temporary until we can find sand volleyball courts,” said Hickman.
Hickman said the group has always welcomed players of all ages, but recently decided to focus on creating a youth league. During the summer of 2012 they created Mid-City Youth Volleyball and are awaiting 501(c)(3) status.
Hickman would like to run free after-school youth clinics and offer youth and adult leagues. Though a large part of their efforts will depend on when they can find a permanent home.Hickman praised board member Erica Lee, who approached DirecTV inquiring about the sand used for its “Celebrity Beach Bowl” contest held during Superbowl weekend. Lee was able to procure the sand and have it delivered to a temporary storage spot.
Hickman got approval in one day from city council members Susan Guidry and LaToya Cantrell, as well as Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant, to store the sand on city property. Hickman said his group is very thankful for the donation and all parties involved. The sand currently sits adjacent to the Mid-City Post Office near the future Lafitte Greenway.
Hickman hopes to build two to five courts with the donated sand.
“We would love to be on the greenway,” he said, adding, “we would like to be at that location where it’s temporarily being stored.”
For now, MCVG offers weekly youth clinics from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Saturday, followed by an adult speed tournament.
“Everyone is welcome,” said Hickman.