Michelle Gumabao transitions from being a player to a coach via the Alaska Volleyball Power Camp. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
In the recent years, the growth and popularity of volleyball in the country has soared to greater heights. This prompted the former De La Salle Lady Spiker Michelle Gumabao to put up volleyball clinics to help young kids achieve their dream of eventually playing in the various collegiate and commercial leagues.
The 25 year old Marketing Management graduate started her venture in teaching volleyball through her own program, the Michele Gumabao Volleyball Camp. Admittedly, she struggled with her own camp as it was only herself who did everything. Her own volleyball program transitioned to Alaska Volleyball Power camp as she saw the potential and the same passion of Alaska in developing young players.
Partnering with Alaska, the birth of a new sports camp under the Alaska Power Camp sports program was born. Now on its second year, the Alaska Volleyball Power Camp aims to help young girls develop the most important skills in volleyball as well as the fundamental values and necessary attributes for success not just in sports but in everyday life. Not only the camp helps the youth to become better athletes but as well as become productive members of the community.
“After I graduated, I made it a choice and passion to help young players who don’t have the experience and confidence. I wanted them to have the means to learn (the sport) even outside of their schools or even just during summer” stresses Gumabao. “This has been my passion as well as the other coaches of the camp and I’ve seen that passion in Alaska as well. It has been a very good start for the Alaska Volleyball Power Camp because it not only teaches them about volleyball but also how to be an athlete and how to apply it in their everyday lives” she adds.
With the program in place, she hopes the young volleyball campers develop not only their game but their self-confidence as well. As a young player herself before, Michelle could only hope that there were volleyball camps like this that she could attend. Having said that, she encourages kids to take advantage of this volleyball camp to help them build their fundamentals and improve on their game.
On a personal note, Michelle happily acknowledges that she too has learned a lot in doing the Alaska Volleyball Power Camp for the past two years. “I learned to be patient in dealing with kids. Especially in dealing with kids with varying level of skills. In the power camp, you can’t choose to coach only the good ones and only the beginner ones” shares Michelle. “I also learned how to teach and correct in a subtle way. Hindi mo pwede basta lang pagalitan ang mga bata. You have to make it enjoyable for them and easy for them to understand. You develop a program based on their capacity but also giving the challenges to step-up their game or aim for higher things” adds Michelle.
The Alaska Volleyball Power Camp will be held at the Ateneo covered courts and De La Salle Zobel gym starting April 13 up to June 1. The program includes training in basic volleyball skills like passing, serving and spiking.
For more information, visit their website www.alaskapowercamp.com or call Alaska Milk Corporation at 840-4500 (local 205, 209) and look for CK Kanapi-Daniolco.