City Council Honors Las Palmas Volleyball Team

City Council Honors Las Palmas 6th Grade Volleyball Team
Posted on 12/12/2023
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A big honor for the Las Palmas Leadership School for Girls 6th grade volleyball team.
On Tuesday, San Antonio City Councilwoman Teri Castillo invited the team to City Council meeting to be recognized for winning the District Volleyball Championship.

“It felt good. Our school is a small school,” said Naylian Hernandez Cruz. “It’s shocking, it’s cool. Other people are getting to know about us.”

Joined by their coaches and principal Dr. Monica Munoz, 12 members of the volleyball team graciously listened as members of the city council praised them for their hard work and their dedication to one another.

“What y’all are learning is that you have to take care of each other and support each other, because that’s what being on a team is about. Congratulations and thank you for inspiring other young girls in the city,” said District 7 Councilwoman Marina Aldrete Gavito.

Council Members John Courage and Mark Whyte both commended the girls on their dedication to the sport and to being active.

“Getting out and playing sports is so good for youth today,” said Whyte. “It teaches so many life skills: teamwork, winning and losing. I’m really proud of what y’all are doing. Congratulations.”

This is only the second year for this volleyball program at Las Palmas Leadership School for Girls.  In addressing the City Council, Coach Jeffrey Olivares commended the young student-athletes and thanked city leaders for shining a light on their efforts.

“[Today] we gather as a school community and as a witness to the remarkable strides our new middle school athletic program is [making],” said Olivares. “I’m immensely proud of these girls. They allow me to coach and to lead them. I’m very proud of our school and our district.”

Councilwoman Castillo presented the girls with an official certificate, commemorating their day at City Hall. The significance of the day was not lost on the girls, who understand that winning takes teamwork.

“It was really important because we were able to be recognized as a team and our school could be recognized,” said Alessandra Rocha. “We put in a lot of work after school to make sure we play together as a team, and it is exciting for others to notice our accomplishments.”

To see more photos from their appearance before the City Council click HERE.