Milton introduces new volleyball group

Published on May 28, 2014 with No Comments

volley2The Milton Community Center is looking for some 50 and up men and women who want to have fun every Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. by playing some volleyball.

The first thing to do is make sure you don’t feel like you will be on the sidelines.

The group who is helping to organize volleyball action at the Milton Community Center boasts the fact that their oldest player is 83 year’s young.

“I have been playing volleyball for many moons,” said Paul Webb, of Pace who is 75 years young. “You do have to be reasonably fit first of all, but the other main thing about this game is you have to be willing to learn to play.

“Many people think when we say volleyball we mean jungle ball, but we play the game except for modifying a few rules to fit our age group.”

Webb recalled playing volleyball back at Orange Park in Jacksonville (Fla.), but not everyone who participates with this group is a former athlete.

Mary Riley was trying to find something for her mother and ended up playing with the group.

“I was browsing the internet while trying to find some senior programs for my mom when I saw this on this group on the internet,’ said Mary Riley. “I camp up to check it out and see if it would be a good thing for my mom when Willie (Howell) told me to jump in and play.”

Since then she has been playing with the group which in many ways has kind of become like a family more than just a group of individuals playing volleyball.

“This is definitely a die-hard group where some are more competitive than others,” said Jimmy McLean, who hails from Milton. “Anybody can play with this group, but you might have to take baby steps to get started.

“We really care about each other and help each other out when we can with rides or helping out like we are with a member of our group who suffered damage to his home due to the flooding.”

Currently the group has about 37 members on their roster with a variety of different skill levels.

“We have a couple of players who come out and when they hit the ball we stopped and cheered,” Riley recalled. “The funny part was we were cheering so much for them we forgot about the game and had to start the point over again.”

For people like Delbert Jackson, who retired from the Navy a few years ago, the volleyball group filled a need as he was needing something to do.

“For me this volleyball group is a way to get out of the house and not sleep all the time,” Jackson said. “When I first retired I was very busy for the first, but then I started sleeping in and started having some health issues when it came to my sugar level and other thing.”

While there are some players with a great deal of skill, there are others who might not be as competitive yet they all have one thing in common – fun.

“It is really great to see them in the gym and having a good time,” said John Norton, the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Milton. “Listening to them cutting up and going on like they were you wouldn’t imagine every member of the group was 50 or above.

“We are really excited to offer them this opportunity to play volleyball at the Milton Community Center.”

If you would like to join them or just visit and check out what is happening the volleyball group meets at the Milton Community Center every Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the community center gym.

For more information contact the Milton Community Center at 983-5466 or e-mail

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