Make a Wish Comes True for JSerra Freshman Tim Vorenkamp

Tim Vorenkamp with the U.S. National Men’s Volleyball Team
By Michelle Valles and Dave Douglass, NBC News

After recently hosting the U.S National men’s volleyball team at the JSerra Pavilion, the team took some time to meet with freshman Tim Vorenkamp. Read the touching story of a young man’s battle and future below.

It’s a day 15-year-old Tim Vorenkamp or his family won’t forget.

Thanks to the Orange County/Inland Empire Make-a-Wish Foundation, Tim, his parents and litte brother were able to attend the London Olympics to hang out with the U.S. men’s volleyball team.

Some members of the team were on hand  at an Anaheim restaurant as the foundation made the teenager’s dream come true.

“It’s just amazing to be with people that you watch on TV and that you want to become when you’re older,” Vorenkamp said.

Tim has a rare form of cancer. He was 13 years old when he found a lump on his leg.

At the time, he was competing in the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championship division. He’s now in remission but there is a 40 percent chance that the cancer will come back.

“He will never give up,” said his father.

“They asked me how is it to get to here as a mom when your child has cancer. There’s no words to describe it,” said his mother, Petra Vorenkamp.

To read the complete story on Tim and his journey to the 2012 London Olympics click Make-a-Wish.

JSerra Pavilion Selected as Venue for Olympic-Caliber Volleyball Match

JSerra Catholic, a member of the highly competitive Trinity League in Orange County, today announced that the state-of-the-art JSerra Pavilion has been selected as the venue for the U.S. Men’s National Indoor Volleyball Team vs. Argentina exhibition matches this month. The matches are scheduled at 7:30 PM (PDT) on Friday, April 27 and 2:00 PM (PDT) on Sunday, April 29.  Tickets start at $10 and may be purchased in advance at http://jserravball.eventbrite.com/, or at the door.  JSerra Pavilion is located at 26300 Junipero Serra Road in San Juan Capistrano, California.

“JSerra is proud to once again be selected as a preferred Southern California venue by the U.S. Men’s Indoor Volleyball Team,” said Dave Lawn, Athletic Director at JSerra.  “Our head volleyball coach, Tim Layton, is a passionate advocate of competitive volleyball at all levels, and he and his teams dedicate hundreds of man-hours preparing for these Olympic-caliber matches and inviting the community to witness world-class competition.”

The U.S. Men are the defending Olympic champions and ranked sixth in the world. The team trains at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., Official Host City of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams. Argentina is ranked eighth in the world.

“These matches will be very important in preparing us for the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualifier,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe said. “That’s why we try to replicate the official playing conditions as closely as possible.  JSerra’s Pavilion is among the highest caliber gymnasiums in Southern California.  We are grateful for our continued partnership with Coach Layton and JSerra.”

The doors to JSerra Pavilion will open one hour prior to the official start time each day.  Parking is available adjacent the JSerra Pavilion for $10, across the street at the JSerra Academic Campus for $5, and at the public Park & Ride at the Northbound Junipero Serra freeway exit for free.  Seats are first-come, first-served and subject to selling out.  Fans are encouraged to buy tickets online in advance.  On the day of the events, arrive early and allow time for a brief walk to ensure the best seats.  The JSerra snack bar will be open both days, and a Carl’s Jr. catering truck will be on site at the JSerra Pavilion from 6 PM – 9 PM during Friday’s match.