University of New Mexico’s women’s volleyball assistant coach Lisa Beauchene is quoted as saying, “The UNM volleyball staff and team are thrilled to be partnered with the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation this year for our ninth annual Grass Bash. […] With this great organization, we are able to bridge the gap between our volleyball event and theirs while also helping promote this foundation that provides opportunities for families and children with special needs.
“Because of our new partnership, we’re starting a new division: Sitting Volleyball, played by athletes with disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, amputees and strokes. Sitting volleyball is an event in the Paralympic Games that requires the athlete to keep buttock on the floor and hot over a net that it 1.15 meters high. We hope that with the addition of this division, we will give an opportunity to a new segment of volleyball fans to play volleyball.”
New Mexico is not known as a hotbed of sitting volleyball in the United States. The 2012 United States women’s national sitting volleyball team included no players from the state, and Indiana and Oklahoma having the most by state at two each. The 2010 United States men’s national sitting volleyball team was stacked with Oklahomans, with six players from the state on that team.
In general, disability sport on the university level in the United States is at the highest point it has ever been at. Earlier this year, Eastern College Athletic Conference made adaptive sports varsity sports, and will work on a plan to create sitting volleyball championships.