Our Mission Statement: The Great Valley Community Organization helps build a strong, vibrant and connected community by providing facilities, activities and programs enriching the lives of all local residents.

May Newsletter 2017
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"We're ALL in." says the Zatlin family - one of the first and most vocal supporters of the new GVCO Center. The new Center "screams community... [we] see grandparents watching their grandkids play, the inclusion of all," and the potential for amazing growth. GVCO is a place "beyond the school that is so unique," and Dennis and Linda Zatlin see the new center as an integral part of Great Valley's future.
The Zatlins, who own and run Allied Resources Staffing Solutions in Exton, moved to Malvern in 2007. The couple and their two boys - Garrett and Brett, sixth and second graders at the time - didn't know anyone in Great Valley. Even their neighborhood was empty; most of the houses hadn't been built yet. But they had heard good things about the district, so decided to leave Exton and come east.
What they found here, and what has kept them here, is the Great Valley community. For the Zatlins, it began with GVCO. In the fall of 2007, their sixth grader Garrett was making the tough transition both to middle school and a new district, and decided to play basketball at GVBL. It was a serendipitous choice. Within months, Garrett had a strong and great group of friends, and Dennis and Linda began to meet the GVBL parents with whom they are still close today. The Zatlins credit GVCO and its amazingly warm and caring families with making Great Valley their permanent home - and one that Garrett plans to return to after college.
You can't miss the excitement and enthusiasm on Dennis' face when he talk about GVCO and GVBL. "It's all about the community... GVCO's volunteers give so much time and they are what makes it work." He is 100% behind GVCO's mission, as is Linda. The refreshingly "competitive, but not cutthroat" environment that they found in 2007 exists today in all GVCO's programs - as Dennis observed:  "every program is successful and growing and that says something about GVCO and its volunteers."
So thank you, Dennis and Linda... You truly understand and support GVCO's mission.You see how GVCO has pulled our community closer together and given us a space and a place for our kids to play and grow. And you understand how important the new Center is to creating a space for all of us, for generations to come.Your continued support is an inspiration to us all!


Future Stars Basketball Camp

June 19-23
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Boys & Girls entering 1-4 grades
GVBL Center
19 Bacton Hill Rd.
Malvern, PA

Youth Theater Program

Carousel Arts Consultants has announced plans for their summer musical, The Wizard of Oz. 
The program is open to boys and girls ages 5-18 and is being held at The Grange in Malvern, PA. 

Pre-registration deadline:

Patriot Youth Football Camp

Join GVHS Head Coach, Dan Ellis and his coaching staff for a youth football camp. 
July 10-13

Herb Magee Shooting Camp

July 31-August 3
9:00 am - 11:00 am
GVBL Center 

Download a 
registration form.
GVSD Girls Basketball Camp

July 18-21
9:00-3:00 p.m.
Great Valley High School

Download a registration form.

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Keys to Caregiving Event
May 16, 2017

Jonathan Moules Memorial Foundation


Visit their website for upcoming events.

Join the Relay for Life!
Relay for Life at Great Valley

Foundation Great Valley
Take a Swing for Students Event Monday June 19, 2017

If you have an event to include in our community corner,  please e-mail GVCO .  

The time has come! Exciting things are happening for the Great Valley Community Organization and, as past and present GVCO supporters, we wanted you to be the first to know. We are announcing plans to build a new 40,000 sq. ft. GVCO Community Center and launching our our new website. 

Our new site increases functionality and ease of use for participants and represents a commitment to our goal of improving communication.
The new GVCO Community Center will be a place where people of all ages, incomes, cultures and abilities can come together. GVCO's Center will offer a public space for programming to accommodate a wide variety of activities and interests for our entire community for decades to come. 
We encourage you to visit our new site where you can find more details on the proposed plans, including an amazing virtual walk-through  of the new facility.
What we need now more than ever is your financial commitment. There are many ways to give including a pledge payment plan, stock options and a one-time gift. We hope that you will  Make a Pledge Today! We simply can't do it without you!  

For more information on levels of giving, contact  Cindy Thompson.
For more information on the new Center, contact Keith Walsh.

GVCO's New Website!
#DoYouKnowGVCO Social Media Campaign

GVCO recently kicked off our #DoYouKnowGVCO social media campaign to help educate the community and increase awareness about GVCO. We will be sharing historical anecdotes and current facts about GVCO.   Over the next few months, we will be posting  #DoYouKnowGVCO facts on our  Facebook page  and twitter . Follow us to join in the fun and learn more about GVCO.

Volleyball Summer Camp Schedule

Once again GVVL will be offering a series of summer camps to provide opportunities for local children to develop their volleyball skills:
  • Half-Day Summer Camp - June 26-29, 2017
  • Full-Day Summer Camp - August 7-10, 2017

Registration is OPEN for Football and Sideline Cheer.

Caring Hands Foundation Continues Their Service.
Our GVCO Caring Hands Foundation student volunteers will be hard at work donating their time to several causes in the month of June. They will be working in association with the People's Pantry at Church Rd soliciting donated food goods at the entrances of the Paoli Acme on June 3rd; back out there volunteering at Duane Milne's Kidfest  on June 17th; and then look for them at a car wash in late June out in front of the WSFS on route 30 in Malvern!

Lots of Basketball happening at GVBL this summer!
Registration is open for our popular Summer League. The GVBL Summer League is open to boys and girls who are entering grades 1-8 in September 2017. Teams will have one or two games a week with NO practices. All games will be held Monday - Thursday evenings at the GVBL Center. Games will be refereed by current and former GVHS players. The registration fee will INCREASE on June 1st. Skills assessments will be held June 5th-8th. The tentative start date for the season is June 12th. The Summer League season ends with a single-elimination playoff tournament for grades 3-8 on July 31st-August 3rd. 

Great Valley Crew Keeps Rolling!

Patriots Competition Cheer Travels to Cheer4Charity.

GVCC ended their season with a big showdown at Cheer4Charity in Bel Air, Maryland.  Competition cheer veterans and current GVHS Varsity cheerleaders Addysen Shawn and Olivia Stewart, joined the team for their final competition. This was a tremendous year for our competitive cheerleaders.  Each athlete progressed in skill throughout the season.   We opened our season with four tumblers and ended with almost full-team tumbling. These athletes worked incredibly hard and made us all very proud of both their personal and team gains!  

We'd like to send a special congratulations to Georgia Bromley, Dennis Bromley and Sophia Koosha on making the GVHS Varsity cheer team!! Good luck and we look forward to seeing you under the Friday Night Lights!

Some Good Advice From Our Friends at IVY EXPERIENCE

Summer is coming. Amidst the whirlwind of finals and final projects, students are solidifying summer plans.
College admissions officers do care about students' summer activities. With that in mind, here are 5 quick tips from the Ivy Experience team about how to maximize your summer:
1. Internships and jobs can be a great way to boost your college resume and get experience in your field of interest.
2. Community service can be helpful, but it should not be generic - find volunteer opportunities that align closely with your interests and pursue them.
3.   Visit colleges! You can still get a feel for campus because most faculty are there year-round and some students take summer classes.
4. Consider signing up for classes on college campuses. Look to enroll in programs that require an application as they are considered more prestigious
5.  Remember to HAVE FUN! Summer is a magical time, and never forget that.

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