Triangle hosts Borinquen Coqui at City of Oaks Challenge


1.24.18 | Borinquen Coqui attends City of Oaks Challenge

Over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend Triangle Volleyball Club hosted the members of Borinquen Coqui 16-F, a junior girls’ volleyball team from Puerto Rico. Triangle had first met Coach Steven Fenosik the previous year when they attended the annual event.

After Hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged the island leaving nearly all its residents and businesses with electricity or water Triangle’s Executive Director, Sherry Fadool, checked in with Coach Steven. The state of the island was near total devastation, a volleyball season seemed very unlikely. That’s when the members of Triangle Volleyball Club banded together to make possible a trip to Raleigh allowing the team to get to the mainland and compete. Raising nearly $10,000 and assisting the team with ground transportation and meals, Triangle welcomed the 15 athletes, 2 coaches and 2 chaperones.

“The weekend was an amazing bonding experience for our athletes and families,” said Fadool. “A simple act of kindness gave these young athletes a respite from the recovery and an opportunity to make new friends.”

WRAL’s Luke Notestine covered the team’s visit; the story can be viewed HERE. Borinquen Coqui, a team that could only practice on weekends in a gym with no electricity finished tied for third in an impressive 16s field.