With the announcement yesterday by Macy Van Den Elzen, a 6-3 (or 6-4, depending on the report) So. OH from Emmaus PA and East Coast Power Volleyball club, that she has verbally committed to Penn State, the Nittany Lions’ 2020 recruiting class now numbers four players. Here’s Macy’s tweet:
Macy was listed on PrepVolleyball.com’s 2017 and 2018 watch lists. As a sophomore, after leading her team in kills, and maintaining a 4.0156 GPA, Macy was named to the 2017 Pennsylvania 4A All State team:
Equally as impressive is Macy’s commitment to others, captured by this story from East Penn School District:
Macy Van Den Elzen is a winner on the volleyball court, but the real winner is the Autistic Support Program at Eyer Middle School. Macy started her freshman year volleyball career by setting goals for her season. Macy set her sights high in wanting to have at least 250 “kills” on the season. Inspired by her brother Reid, Macy asked her parents to donate $1 for every “kill” she earned for Eyer’s Autism classrooms. They agreed! As Macy’s season progressed, she wanted to earn more money towards her cause, so she got four more sponsors in total. Macy had a fantastic season surpassing her goal at 264 “kills” earning a grand total of $1,065 for the Autistic Support Program at Eyer. When asked what inspired her to do such a wonderful fundraiser, she replied, “Autism awareness is close to my heart because of my little brother, Reid. He faces challenges every day that I can’t even imagine. Reid and his classmates inspired me to do this. The teachers and support staff have made such a difference in my brother’s life. My family and I are so grateful. I wanted to do something special for all of them. My brother isn’t able to attend any of my games because of his sensory needs. This was a way to share my love for volleyball and my accomplishment with him.” Way to go, Macy!
Here are two videos of Macy, courtesy of East Coast Power Volleyball: