SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The inaugural United States Marine Corps Sports Leadership Academy will host a free volleyball clinic March 18 at the Upward Star Center (9768 Warren H Abernathy Hwy, Spartanburg, SC 29301).

The USMC Sports Leadership Academy is a unique experience for athletes seeking skill training and leadership insights that go beyond the court and playing field. These nationwide sports clinics offer the chance to enhance playing ability through instruction from some of the area’s best volleyball coaches as well as learn leadership from some of America’s best leaders, the United States Marines.

“We are excited to provide this opportunity for the local youth to complement their athletic experiences with the skillset to become exceptional leaders,” Mr. Leroy Pennington, Director of Eastern Recruiting Region Marketing said. “The USMC Sports Leadership Academy is a unique skill building experience that provides a great atmosphere for its participants.”

Participants will be immersed in the fundamentals of volleyball while being exposed to Marine-style leadership. Marine Corps Leadership Traits will be taught during short breakout sessions throughout the day and focus on how the sports skills learned on the court relate to real world leadership challenges. Whether in the classroom or on the field of play, USMC Sports Leadership Academy attendees will experience the skills required to stand out among their peers.

The Volleyball Academy begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. following the awards presentations and closing ceremony. All participants receive a USMC Sports Leadership Academy t-shirt and free lunch as well as a camp swag bag. The event is open to anyone between the age of 15 and 19 years of age.

Limited registration is available at

Coaches know the game, now players can learn the secrets of leadership that will carry on beyond the playing floor and the realm of athletics.