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Kim Luthy started at Walnut Middle School’s Volleyball Academy teaching the basics of the sport.

Little did she know that she would teach her middle school members the basics of relationships and mutual support.

In the classroom, Luthy is a seventh -grade science teacher at Walnut, but she teaches a lot on the field. Luthy said in the fall, many students came in with “a very low level of volleyball.”

Last school year Luthy first served as an eighth -grade volleyball coach. The girls cheered, asking to play some tournaments. There was a Halloween tournament in Columbus where the girls first won.

Walnut Middle School volleyball coach Kim Luthy prepares to throw the ball while his team prepares their digs during their summer practice seasons.

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If it weren’t for that season, Walnut’s Volleyball Academy wouldn’t have come.

“It’s not that our girls aren’t athletic and dedicated and unprepared,” Luthy said. “Yes, they come to us without that basic skill.”

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“I have daughters who live late,” Luthy said. “We just work on volleyball, we do simple skills, it’s fun, we play sports.”

Eventually, playing volleyball skills developed with Luthy at Walnut Volleyball Academy.

“I didn’t think there were a lot of people coming, coming on Saturday,” Luthy said. “In the first week, I would like to say 60 girls were reported.”

Sixty middle school girls can find it difficult to drive, but Luthy helped.

“My eight classes helped me.”

“Here’s the best thing about them,” Luthy said proudly. “Most of them didn’t go to volleyball in high school. Most of them came to support me from the goodness of their hearts.

There was a group of eighth grade girls showing up on those Saturdays.

“They know my teachings, so I can put them on the court.”

Walnut volleyball coach (and school coach) Kim Madison is a confident person to “show up” in support of Luthy. As a result, Luthy’s basketball team and her colleagues at Walnut Middle School are introducing her in a much more meaningful way.

During the school year, Luthy’s father passed away.

“The leadership team here and my mentor… I think it’s very easy for them to say, ‘Yeah, you know, Kim isn’t here. So we go ahead and finish the last two weeks, ‘”said Luthy.

“The whole house – they were very supportive of everything like this. I had reasons to put my paperwork in their classroom,” Luthy said with tears in her eyes. “Kim Madison didn’t ask, like, ‘Hey, can you plan this for me?’ He just took it.

Before the spring break, Luthy went back to Walnut, “to get a ‘normal,'” he said.

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“I went into my classroom (the second day), and my volleyball girls were there with flowers and clothes and their signs in my room,” he said. “I think I’m going back to what I’m putting on these girls. I’m coming back.”

When Luthy left, the students took the lead, Lemburg said.

“They appreciated the (changes) there. Some of the kids put, ‘I have a heart for Luthy’ on them, ”he said.“ They missed her, and they did everything they could to make sure she came back. , it’s easy to come back. “

Other parts of Walnut have changed.

“You see them meeting on the streets,” Luthy said as she began to notice. “You see children who have never talked to each other before. They don’t immediately talk to each other and they build that community atmosphere and that family atmosphere.

Soon, the girls began to engage in summer weight gain again. Luthy, an athlete before college, used to be excited.

“I always tell my eighth graders,‘ I want you to watch Nebraska volleyball, I want you to watch it on YouTube – see how they do it to each other, ’” Luthy said. “In women’s sports it’s a big part. I think sometimes it’s driven by the way we’re talking about competing and winning.

While family finances do not come from the means, management or skill, sometimes there are opportunities. Some of the girls wanted to join volleyball teams – where some of the best players compete, but club sports can be very expensive.

A parent approached Luthy. “Some of the moms are like, I really want my daughter to play golf, but we can’t afford it.”

Luthy knew where to look. “I’m like, we can take care of that – we can.”

She is affiliated with the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation, which supports activities and activities at GIPS.

“I went to the field for pay, and they shot,” Luthy recalled. “’What do they need for gas? What do they need for food? Are there any competitions where they want a hotel room? ‘ There is support.

Walnut Volleyball Academy is free, there are a lot of returns.

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Middle school volleyball players from around the city will be joined by volleyball coach Kim Luthy after one of their summer practice sessions. Luthy has opened her middle school classes from many schools around the city to join.

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“It gives them that opportunity, where they get to know young girls … maybe this is me, there are people like me who are helping – they’re teaching me,” Luthy said. “I think that’s why we started seeing kids from other schools coming.”

No Starr Elementary, Stolley Park Elementary. Some girls from Westridge joined the startup because they had friends at school.

Luthy had a good time – and a lot of work.

“Instead of being harassed, yes, of course.”

The daughters continued with her; so did his companions.

“I didn’t ask any parents to help me because I didn’t want to put that burden on someone saying ‘no.’ I didn’t want to do that, ”Luthy said.

He moved forward without expecting the people to help him. Again, “that burden.”

In the end, Lemburg realized how much time and effort Luthy put into the school.

“The new thing I noticed was the paperwork was filled out on my desk, for me to have hours,” Luthy said. “No one said ‘no’ about paying us for the extra time we were there. Our principal was amazing at that and took good care of us.

Extracurricular activities like volleyball help students take care of themselves, and each other, Luthy said.

“The extracurricular you’re doing doesn’t matter. I think it’s a way to keep the student engaged at school and in the community.

Success outside of the classroom can inspire students to do more, Luthy said.

“Science is not easy for everyone, is it? When children find something that they think has been accomplished, it encourages them. It helps them feel that little power – well, I’m good at this.

Luthy was involved in sports for years, before coming to Walnut. But there is something to know, he said.

“Volleyball is one of those sports and as long as you live, you don’t know what to get into,” he said. “Not only are these girls learning sports, but – well – they’re good people. They know how to take care of each other.

“They know how to take each other, and they can take care of the parents.”

For questions about the Walnut Volleyball Academy, contact coach Luthy at

Jessica Votipka is the educational publisher at Grand Island Independent. You can call him at 308-381-5420.


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