German youth volleyball program raises money to travel to, compete in Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Fighting Beavers, a German youth volleyball program ages 12-14, spent three years raising money to travel through Canada and Alaska to compete in volleyball matches and to have the experience of a lifetime.
Head Coach Petra Kerl said she first did this in 1995, and most recently in 2015, when they scrimmaged against the Lathrop Malemutes. While the on-court action is always fun, its the experiences that they'll take with them forever. It did not take them long for them to partake in something just about every Alaskan has had to do at some point.

"For some of them, it is their first flight ever and it is a big adventure for them," Kerl said. "On our travels from Talkeetna to Fairbanks, we had a lot of snow. In Germany, only a few [inches]. We had to push the car by ourselves because we could not get it up the hill. The girls got out of the car and pushed. Adventure!"

The Fighting Beavers took on the C-team and JV Programs of West Valley. The score doesn't really matter, as the overall experience is something they'll never forget.

"I think if they can be [a] grandmother, and the grandchild is sitting on their knee, then they think about this trip and tell them." Kerl added.

Sports truly is universal language.

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