Klaess wants to inspire spikers

Youth volleyball figures to get a boost shortly. 

The Champs Volleyball Camp takes place at Public Beach from March 3 to 7. Catering to boys and girls aged 7-14, the camp offers morning sessions from 9 a.m. to noon and evening sessions from 3 to 6 p.m. Kalyn Klaess, 24, has partnered with the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation to put on host the camp and said the goal is to groom potential college players. 

“I have been playing volleyball for 14 years,” Klaess said. “I host this camp in Southern California and New York during the summer seasons. I have a lot of roots in these islands and I realized on a flight back to New York City a few months ago there is full availability to learn and play beach volleyball for adults. However, there are no outlets for the younger generations to learn and the play the game, so I decided I would bring my camp down and get the youth involved in one of the island’s favorite sports.  

“My goal for the camp is to spike an interest in youth players, create a new passion for children on the island, and once I can develop this interest and passion to play, I will develop their skills. Hopefully, this will lead to more high school players and youth national players and potentially even some college players, which, in the long run, will hopefully lead to successful and talented national players. Ultimately, this camp will turn into the foundation for great beach volleyball players and enhance the volleyball ambiance on the island.” 

Klaess is a native of Huntington Beach, California, who lives in New York City. Since 2007, she has been coaching women’s volleyball in the United States. She starred for the University of Rhode Island volleyball program and had a ranking in both Amateur Athletic Union and Association of Volleyball Professionals beach volleyball tournaments throughout Southern California from 2006 to 2011. 

The last youth camp similar to Klaess’s effort took place in 2012 as American pro players Chara Harris and Megan Wallin – who reside in Sarasota, Florida – staged a youth clinic at Public Beach. The session, aimed at girls aged 10-18, attracted some 20 youngsters, who honed in on fundamentals like serving, spiking and footwork.  


American star Chandra Harris led a youth camp on the beach two years ago. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES