Due to the scarcity of volleyball courts, and the popularity of beach volleyball since the pandemic, we have been forced to pause our Kennedy Park and Pace Park adult programming in Miami-Dade. There are just not enough courts with lights for adults to come and enjoy open play and they are crowding onto the few courts we do have available in our cities. Recent pressure from the volleyball community to leave the courts for open play has created fewer available permits for Phoenix’s adult classes/leagues as well as other adult organizations’ beach volleyball programming.
Please do your part and reach out to your government representatives and DEMAND MORE COURTS BE BUILT!
A few years back, Josh D’Alemberte started a volleyball clinic in Kennedy Park – open to the public – to encourage public park use and teach a new skill to both young and old. The turnout was incredible, and Phoenix has since expanded into several other parks throughout Miami-Dade County. We created entire GENERATIONS of young and mature athletes of all levels who may not have otherwise had a sport about which they felt excited. His wife, Alysia D’Alemberte, has taught at Coral Gables High School for 23 years, and together, Josh and Alysia just finished their second season as the Gables Boys Volleyball coaches. Gables does not have any dedicated beach courts on campus, but they have the space set aside for them. Construction of the sand courts has already been approved and can be completed in less than two months’ time. The Coral Gables HS Boys Volleyball Booster Club started fundraising several months ago, and we are over our 50% goal. We ARE going to build two beach volleyball courts on the GABLES campus. We already have the support of the principal, the athletic director, and overwhelming support from our volleyball community. We just need to raise the remainder of the funds, to complete the Booster Club’s commitment to the financial backing. Together with the school’s support in this project, we hope to provide a home court advantage for Gables students but also a home for adult players for weekend tournaments. When the courts are finished, GABLES will be the FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOL with two beach volleyball courts!