COLUMBIA, Mo. – Former Mizzou Volleyball libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) has continued to impact the sport she loves well after her playing days inside the Hearnes Center. Vann, a four-year starter for the Tigers from 2007-10, appeared in two NCAA Tournaments, including one of the program's four all-time trips to the Sweet 16.

The talented defensive specialist left her mark on the Tiger record books over her tenure, ranking second in all-time career digs (1,997) and digs per set (4.34). Vann concluded her standout career with a phenomenal 2010 senior campaign, as her 637 digs and 5.35 digs per set re-established Mizzou's all-time single-season record.

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Now eight years removed from her time as a student-athlete at the University of Missouri, Vann has played a pivotal role with the up-and-coming DIG it! Volleyball program out of St. Louis, Missouri. DIG it!, an acronym for "Developing the Inner Girl", is a free after-school volleyball program for low-income girls that aims to inspire participants to lead healthy and confident lives.

Currently, DIG it! is currently the only organization in the nation that provides free volleyball instruction and character development training for low-income girls in grades 4th-8th. In partnership with public schools and the Boys & Girls Club, over 150 at-risk girls at 11 St. Louis public schools have been positively influenced by the program.

"This program was originally started by David Bosch, who after working with 4th and 5th graders through Teach for America, realized there was an alarming need for quality after-school programming for inner city girls enrolled in public schools," Vann said. "In 2012, public school districts across the country were forced to eliminate extracurricular sports and after-school programs. DIG it! Volleyball was created as a way to fulfill this need and provide low-income girls an opportunity to participate in a female empowerment program that focuses on physical activity and wellness education."

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For more information on the DIG it! Volleyball Program, visit www.digitvb.com. Additionally, for opportunities to join the DIG it! team, become a sponsor or donation options, contact Caitlyn Vann at dig-it@hpstl.org. DIG it! is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Source: https://mutigers.com/news/2018/7/31/volleyball-mizzouvb-alum-caitlyn-vann-excelling-with-dig-it-program.aspx?path=wvball

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