The Journey Winner

Jaya Grace Flynn-Young from Marin Catholic got a first-hand taste of Olympic glory as her club team played host to an exclusive volleyball clinic from Mizuno USA, featuring 2012 Women's Team USA Olympic silver medalist, Jordan Larson, along with 2012 Men's Team USA standout Brian Thornton. Jaya was selected from a national pool of entrants for having the most compelling entry in Mizuno USA's "The Journey" contest. As a result, Flynn-Young earned the grand prize — a personal visit and clinic at her club teams' gym from the two U.S. National Volleyball Team members, along with having her entire Marin Catholic team outfitted with Mizuno volleyball apparel.

Mizuno's unique contest highlighted the invaluable "journey" that volleyball players experience; developing lifelong friendships with teammates, learning invaluable lessons of discipline, teamwork and integrity and ultimately shaping their individual character. The contest was also designed to parallel the incredible journey of USA Volleyball team members in reaching the pinnacle of their sport at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Mizuno is the official apparel and footwear sponsor for USA Volleyball.

"Jaya's entry truly exemplified the incredible experiences, life lessons, friendships and character-building that comes through the volleyball and team-sports experience, and that's what 'The Journey' was all about," said Brynn Murphy, Volleyball Promotions Coordinator, Mizuno USA. "We are thrilled to partner with these incredible USA Olympic athletes and bring an unforgettable experience and invaluable instructional platform for her and her teammates at Marin Catholic."

Flynn-Young's winning essay entry highlighted her love for athletics. She originally pursued gymnastics, but has since embraced the competitive edge and team dynamics that volleyball provides. Flynn-Young expressed enthusiasm about growing in the sport and improving her game.

The Journey

Jordan Larson

Alisha Glass

Ryan Millar

Coach Hugh McCutcheon

Assistant Coach Karch Kiraly