This Friday December 16, 2016, Sports Imports and the AVCA will be honored to present Tim and Joan Stoltz with the 2016 Sports Imports/AVCA Courage Award on behalf of their daughter, Victoria Stoltz at the AVCA All-America/Players Banquet in Columbus, Ohio. Victoria was a beautiful young woman with a love for her family, friends, volleyball, and those in need. She embodied courage and a heart for giving as she battled Glioblastoma. Victoria Stoltz was a light in this world, and she found her joy in serving those in need.
Victoria chose to use her Make-A-Wish to create a place to serve homeless families in Cincinnati. Victoria’s House of Hope opened its doors earlier this year and is serving the community Victoria loved. Tragically, Victoria’s battle with cancer ended last December, but her legacy of giving and serving lives on.
We thought it fitting to introduce Victoria through the eyes of her volleyball coach, Tracey Kornau from Lakota West High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tracey says, “Victoria’s willingness to serve others is what set her apart from her teammates. She served in both small and monumental ways—from bringing the team ice cream sandwiches before practice to using her personal Make-A-Wish to rehab and furnish a house in Cincinnati for homeless families.
Victoria taught me small and big lessons:
We look forward to welcoming the Stoltz family to Columbus and honoring Victoria for her legacy of courage and service to those in need.