“I am 5 ft 1 inch and proud of it; height really doesn’t matter,” said LeAnn Hascon as she talked adamantly about the sport she loves —volleyball.
Hascon , a petite 16 year- old junior at Greyhills Academy High School has been selected to participate in a national all-star volleyball tournament this summer in Hawaii. Hascon is the only Navajo participant in the select group. Only 250 players were chosen from all over the United States. Coaches and staff members made nominations and the final selections.
Hascon, who has played volleyball for over six years, is very excited she was chosen to participant in the event. “ I am extremely happy about being selected to the team,” said Hascon. “It will be fun to play with other junior volleyball players from all over the United States. I hope to gain a lot from the experience and meet new friends in the process.” Hascon’s main volleyball positions are setter and defensive specialist.
In Hawaii, Hascon will spend 10 days on the campus of BYU in Oahu, Hawaii. She and others will attend volleyball workshops and will compete in different tournaments. “ I think the whole experience is to make us all stronger players and stronger team players,” said Hascon.
Hascon emphasized that going to Hawaii is not going to be cheap. She along with her parents, Lillian Bancroft and Lewis Hascon Jr. are involved in raising money for the trip. They, and others have already raised more than $1500 towards the trip. However, Hascon will need an additional $1480, which will need to be paid in monthly increments. “Right now I have been sending letters to companies asking for their assistance” said Hascon.
Hascon is asking that anyone who would like to donate or help raise money for the trip to do so by contacting her or Greyhills School. ( See end of story for information.)
“I know that all of this takes a lot of hard work and commitment, but it is a goal worth working towards,” said Hascon. Not only does Hascon play Volleyball at Greyhills, but she also plays softball as well.
Even after high school, Hascon has set high goals for herself. She plans to attend college and major in computer information systems. She added that she would love to continue playing volleyball in college. “Hopefully I will get a volleyball scholarship, so I can continue playing the game I love,” Hascon added.
Hascon just goes to prove that big accomplishments can come from small people.
Anyone interested in helping LeAnn Hascon reach her goal can send donations to:
C/O Mitchell D.K. Kalauli, Superintendent, Greyhills Academy, P.O. Box 160, Tuba City, AZ 86045, For LeAnn Hascon