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FRONTLINES RAMBLERS Kings of the


volleyball court After a record-setting season,


Loyola’s top-ranked men’s volleyball team won the NCAA Champion- ship—which was held at Loyola for the first time in history. A crowd of 4,485 inside Gentile Arena cheered as the Ramblers claimed victory over Stanford on May 3. This marks Loyola’s second overall NCAA title (the first was men’s basketball in 1963) and closes out a special season that saw the Ramblers finish with a 29–1 record. This is the men’s volleyball team’s second straight, and second-ever, appearance in the NCAA Championship. “I’m not shocked that we played


this well at all,” says head coach Shane Davis (BBA ‘03). “We’ve put up numbers like this and come out in four sets against great teams like this. I was most pleased with the consis- tency with which we were able to do that.” Davis was himself a member of Loyola’s men’s volleyball team from 2000–03. Loyola junior Cody Caldwell, who


posted a double-double of 20 kills and 10 digs, was named the tourna- ment’s Most Valuable Player.


IN THE COMMUNITY Leveling the


playing field Mina Alnajjar (BS ’12) loved playing soccer as a


kid and through high school. “I can’t imagine my childhood without playing


SCHOOL OF LAW Moot court champs


The arbitration might be moot, but the win isn’t. Loyola won the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in Hong Kong. Loyola beat the University of Amster- dam in the final round. Ninety-nine schools from 28 countries competed in the 2014 Vis Moot East. Congratula- tions to Jan Greszta, Erin Wenger, Jen- nifer Fair, Kelsey Leingang, and their coaches Professor Margaret Moses, John Calhoun, and Josh Heffernan.


Mina Alnajjar


sports,” Alnajjar says. “I loved being a part of a team, and I think the schedule really kept me on track with my studies.” But Alnajjar knew what a fi- nancial commitment organized sports could be, and she saw firsthand that some of her peers were unable to afford fees and equipment. And so, in 2011, while still a student at Loyola, Alnajjar and her brother, Peter, started All Sports 4 All Kids. The nonprofit organization provides


funding for kids ages 5 to 15 who want to get involved in sports but whose families live below the federal poverty line. Alnajjar is the founder and president of the organization. All Sports 4 All Kids does school tours to let


students know about their services. The students or their families contact All Sports 4 All Kids and


All Sports 4 All Kids holds a 5K run to raise funds for sports fees and equipment for children.


indicate what sport they want to play or what club they want to play for. All Sports 4 All Kids then con- tacts owners and coaches to see if they can lower the costs. The organization also searches for low- cost equipment and holds fundraisers throughout Chicagoland, including a 5K run. At present, Alnaj- jar estimates they are helping about 70 kids to play sports they would otherwise struggle to afford. Popular sports are tennis, baseball, basketball, and football. “When we were younger, we saw how crazy it


was that there were so many kids who had talents but couldn’t tap into them because of financial situations,” Alnajjar says. “We want to eliminate that restriction.”


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