The Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional Medical Center offered young volleyball players a chance to learn from one of the game’s best -- five-time Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda.
On Thursday, Scott-Arruda was the guest of honor at the Sports Medicine Center’s second annual Summer Volleyball Clinic.
Former Assumption High volleyball coach Sandy Fussell said she was pleased with the overall turnout for the clinic.
“As a teacher and coach, I’m overwhelmed with the amount of young ladies that decided to attend the camp and get pointers on the technical side of the game and also to work with one of the greatest volleyball players of all-time in Danielle Scott-Arruda,” said Fussell, who win eight state championships and had eight runner-up finishes in 35 seasons at Assumption. “There is no female athlete that has ever been to five Olympic games and to have her here and involved with the camp and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is tremendous.”
Scott-Arruda said she loves to work with young athletes and puts herself in that same spot at the same age.
“I do some private coaching and thoroughly enjoy that part of the game, “Scott said. “I know sometimes it is difficult for players who have excelled in a sport to teach that sport, but I love the one-on-one with the athlete and young lady and teach them the fundamentals and hand placement and leverage part of the game. The young ladies know I was God-gifted, but also know I worked hard at the game and I want them to work hard too and enjoy playing the sport like I did. I played basketball, softball and was involved in track, but volleyball became my passion and it has taken me to places as a young girl I would just dreamed about. I want these young ladies to fulfill that dream too, if that is what they want to do in life.”
Scott-Arruda attended Woodlawn High in Baton Rouge where she was an all-state performer in volleyball and basketball.
She signed on with Long Beach State and won first team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American honors three times.
In 1993, Scott-Arruda led the 49ers to the NCAA national championship and won the Honda Sports Award as the top college volleyball player.
Scott-Arruda has played in 371 international matches, four Pan American Games and five Summer Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012). She holds the record for most Olympic appearances of any USA athlete
Thibodaux Regional CEO Greg Stock has long been a huge advocate of youth sports and also getting clinics and programs designed for young female athletes.
“I had daughters that were pretty good athletes and I want these young women in our area to have that avenue to pursue their dreams either athletically and also these camps and athletics teach life skills also” Stock said. “Here at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, we are committed to improving the health and wellness of female student-athletes as well as helping them improve their skills and having a coach a tremendously gifted coach like Sandy Fussell and a world-class Olympic athlete like Danielle Scott-Arruda here is just outstanding. We are so blessed to bring this unique and rewarding volleyball learning experience to Thibodaux and have this at the Wellness Center.”