Sept. 16, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan volleyball program will hold its second annual "Block Out Bullying" match this Friday morning (Sept. 20) against Marshall at 11:30 a.m. inside Crisler Center. Admission is free for the general public. The event will bring more than 1,200 students from Ann Arbor and surrounding school districts to campus to participate in fun and educational activities with U-M student-athletes.
Students will gather in Crisler Center prior to the 11:30 a.m. match, where head coach Mark Rosen will address the group and show a special Michigan volleyball "Block Out Bullying" video. The kids will then participate in anti-bullying activities with the help of more than 50 Michigan student-athletes.
Each student also will receive a special 2013 anti-bullying team photo card, featuring both Michigan and Marshall, and each participating school will receive an autographed team poster. Between the second and third sets, the kids will fly paper airplanes they made with a name or phrase they have either been bullied with or something that they have called someone else before, "letting go" of those words or phrases.
"We're really excited to have our second annual Block Out Bullying event," Rosen said. "Last year it was a great inaugural year for it. We had great attendance, the participation was very spirited and it was just a fun atmosphere. It also was a great message for us to send to young school kids about a very poignant topic. We're excited to have it again this year and excited to have it to Crisler. The great thing about Crisler is we obviously have more space but the other is we have better technology. We can use the video boards there to make it even a better event. So we're excited. I don't know what the numbers are going to be but we're hoping they're going to be similar or better than last year, which is great.
"I think it's also great for us to play up at Crisler because we hope to be able to be there later in the year if we can put ourselves in a position to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament," Rosen continued. "We would do that in Crisler, so it's a great chance for us to play up there and get familiar a little bit with the Crisler Center."
The Marshall match is part of the 2013 Michigan Invitational. The Wolverines also will have matches against Maryland (Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m.) and Ohio (Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.). Both of those matches will take place at Cliff Keen Arena.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423