RVA Cares

RVA Cares


RVA is a proud sponsor of Literacy for Life Trail. Founded by Colleen DeLisle, daughter of RVA Coach Shelly DeLisle, the Early Literacy Trail is an outdoor activity that lets kids play games that teach early reading skills while educating parents on the importance of early literacy. Colleen has put trails in Haiti and Milwaukee and is looking to put in trails in other locations. This is for her Girl Scout Gold Project.
Pictures of the trail from Haiti and picture of Emily Curley (daughter of Heather & Sean Curley) presenting a check to Colleen.


Abbey Conner passed away while on a family vacation. She was 20 years old, a Junior at UW Whitewater and Kettle Moraine High School alum. Inspired by Abbey’s love of volleyball, the 1st Annual Madhatter style Volleyball Fundraiser Tournament was held on August 5, 2017. RVA was one of many proud sponsors and ran the tournament.


RVA was featured in a segment called “Beyond the Game” during the 9pm news on FOX 6 Milwaukee, Sunday March 5.
The segment was on our Birthday in a Box project. FOX 6 came out to film players loading up the van and delivering to the Waukesha Food Pantry and Abundant Life Church.
Special THANKS to Jim DeLisle and Imperial Lithographing for donating their van for the day. THANK YOU to all the families and players who put together these wonderful birthdays in a box. There will be alot of happy children.
Community outreach events like this provide an opportunity for our players to gain a better understanding of the world around them while giving back to others who may be less fortunate.
Link to video:

2016 Season

February 2016 Cares assignment – Birthday in a Box
What does that mean? Many families struggle to afford the extras that can make a birthday celebration special. Fancy plates, balloons, little party favors, etc…are sometimes outside the budget of a struggling family. By providing these items, we can help children of all ages have a birthday to remember.
The players did an awesome job & together made up 50 birthdays in a box. Each box included a cake mix, frosting & several themed items to make up a complete birthday. Some themes used included: Frozen, Star Wars, Minions, Disney Princess, Packers, western, summer, tie-dye & spa.
We had a contest with our 14pink team winning quantity (18 total) & the 13pink & 15navy teams winning the most creative. All 3 teams will receive a pizza party.
The Birthdays in a box will be given to Abundant Life, one of our practice facilities. They have their own food pantry serving 60 families & a daycare. The boxes will be split between the food pantry & daycare.
There was also a small article in the February 25, 2016 edition of the Kettle Moraine Index


Please remember to bring in food for Abundant Life’s food pantry. We will also collect coats for our coat drive. Last year we brought in 419 coats! Please mark with your teams name & give to your coach. We are having a competition with the winning team getting a pizza party.

April 8, 2014 Colleen DeLisle is the 2013 United Way Youth Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Colleen DeLisle from our 14navy team who is the 2013 United Way Youth Volunteer of the Year.  She was recognized today at the United Way Annual Inspire by Example Award Ceremony held at Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee.  We are so proud of you!

January 28, 2014

Please see the below email from Coach Shelly DeLisle regarding KMVA Cares:

Congratulations on some great finishes so far this season. It is obvious that KMVA players are incredible people on and off the court. An update on the December coat drive: As a club, we collected almost 200 coats & special thanks to the Ploch & Campbell families for conducting drives of their own. All told, 419 coats were distributed on January 18th at a community meal for needy families in Waukesha. Many of our players & their families came to volunteer & had a great time serving food, reading to kids, distributing books, coats, mittens & goodies bags. Several also had their pictures taken with former Packer, Santana Dotson. Great job!

What now? We are working on a few things for the near future. First, in the next week or so, your coach will receive a packet of blank greeting cards for your team to decorate at your two day tourney or during breaks at single day tourneys. These cards will be returned to me or Coach Curley when finished & then will be sent to lonely seniors in the Waukesha area on their birthdays & other special occasions through Interfaith Senior Programs. I will provide some markers, crayons, etc., but feel free to bring your own decoration items, i.e. glitter pens, stickers, etc.

Also, in the next few weeks, each player will receive a paper bag. Both of our practice venues support food pantries. Food pantries often find themselves in need after the holidays pass. The bag you receive will have a few suggestions for items the pantries find useful, but, of course, as long as the food is not perishable or expired, the pantry welcomes any donations. After receiving the bag, your family can fill it at their convenience & simply return it to your practice venue when convenient.

Lastly, I am wondering if your team has any interest in putting together a birthday party in a box. I would supply a small box & each team would pick a theme for a birthday party. Each member of the team would supply one item for the party. For example, if you picked Spiderman, one player would bring Spidey plates, another Spidey napkins, another a box cake, another the frosting, etc. These could be left for the pantries as special gifts for needy families with children celebrating birthdays. If your team would like to do this, please shoot me an email & I will provide a suggestion list & the box.

So, that is it for KMVA Cares right now. I am always impressed when I meet our players off of the court, you are some incredible young women.

Coat Drive

December 14, 2013

Remember to bring in your new or gently used (& clean) winter coats to practices this week (12/15–12/20). The team with the most coats will be treated to a pizza party.

All sizes of coats are needed & will be distributed at two community meals for children.
If you are interested in volunteering at the January 18th community meal in Waukesha from 9am until 3pm please email Shelly DeLisle at redshelly@wi.rr.com and let her know how many people would like to volunteer & what date & time you would like to join us. All ages are welcome.

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