Honoring late volleyball legend Byron Shewman, founding father of Starlings


Volleyball greats who attended the celebration of Byron Shewman’s life and legacy included (left to proper): Jon Roberts, Duncan McFarland, Ed Becker, Danny Patterson, Rudy Suwara, Kim Oden, Jon Lee, Karch Kiraly, Larry Milliken, Jay Hanseth, Ed Machado, Don Shaw and Marc Jacobs.

Karch Kiraly and a roomful of volleyball luminaries gathered in Irvine, California, on Saturday to have a good time the lifetime of former USA participant Byron Shewman, who died in August.

The night doubled as a fundraiser for Starlings Volleyball USA, a nationwide juniors’ membership that Shewman co-founded in 1996 with two-time USA Olympian Kim Oden.

Two-time Olympian Kim Oden honors Byron Shewman

“It was a tremendous occasion,” mentioned Oden, captain of the U.S.’s 1992 Olympic bronze medal crew and chair of the Starlings Government Board. “To consider the caliber of participant who was right here tonight is simply mind-boggling. And Byron is the thread that drew all people collectively.

“There have been tears. There have been nice tales. There was loads of respect. It was extraordinarily touching, and it makes me proud to be concerned with Starlings.”

Among the many indoor and seashore standouts who attended had been Danny Patterson, Rudy Suwara, Duncan McFarland, Rose Ann Duncan, Ed Becker, Jon Roberts, Jon Lee, Larry Milliken, Jay Hanseth, Ed Machado, Don Shaw, Hillary Johnson and Marc Jacobs.

Starlings, at present headed by govt director Megan Kennedy, who performed indoor volleyball at BYU, provides 1000’s of underserved women the chance to play volleyball. The non-profit at present has greater than 3,300 youngsters taking part in 27 states all through the nation.

“Byron cherished Starlings,” Oden mentioned. “And all the folks right here tonight helped the group maintain itself through the years.”

Story and photographs by Don Patterson



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