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.
November 2018 GVCO Newsletter
GVCO: More Than Just A Youth Sports Organization
Despite what you might believe GVCO to be, an organization offering youth sports programs, the Great Valley Community Organization has grown into so much more through the past years. 

Did you know that we have had an extensive internship program for the past eight years? Each year we hire 5 to 10 high school juniors to help administer and run our programming. Over the years we have had 19 college or graduate interns working full-time (40 per week) helping manage all that we do.

Did you also know that each year there are an army of student volunteers involved with fundraising and giving back to the community through our student run Caring Hands foundation? This year six high school students hold key leadership positions, organizing a large group of middle and high school volunteers. They will do things like wrap hundreds of donated gifts and deliver them to senior citizens over the holidays, make and serve dinner at a local homeless shelter and do a food drive to support the Frazer Food Pantry. Caring Hands will hold numerous fundraising events throughout the school year and this year alone they have raised over $5000, all of which will go back to numerous causes here in the community.

Over the past 12 years GVCO has grown out of “just” a tremendous youth sports organization. We have created or partnered with other organizations to create programming in dance, theater and arts, educational and tutoring, senior programming, awareness programming and numerous others. 

The genesis of all this programming comes from the community. There is often a lack of programming or a certain portion of the community isn’t being serviced, and a request or suggestion arises. As a “community organization” our mission will continue to be the development and administration of quality programming to serve all the residents of our Great Valley community.

Keith Walsh
Executive Director
GVBL has a RECORD BREAKING 700+ players in the Winter League for grades 1st-8th! Registration is still OPEN for Junior Hoopsters and the GVBL High School League.

Caring Hands
Student volunteers from Caring Hands gathered to make Thanksgiving and holiday cards for the elderly. They will deliver more than 100 cards to the West Chester Senior Center for their Thanksgiving holiday luncheon.

Challenger Gym
Challenger Gym is on Wednesday afternoons until December 19th. Challenger Gym was designed to provide a community gym program for kids who have physical and/or other special challenges. The emphasis is on having fun, providing physical activities and forging relationships between kids with special challenges and GVHS buddies.

Ava, in her first season rowing a single, won 1st place in her category at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.

Blue Jean Ball tickets are on sale until Friday, November 16th!

GV Crew Winter Program at CrossFit Inspire begins 12/4!

Our fall class with Ballet 180 will meet one more time on Monday, November 19th from 9:30am-10:30am.

Enhance your flexibility and coordination while gaining confidence in this gentle and affirming dance class. We will explore movement for sustained mobility and self-expression while making new friends and finding joy through dance.

Ivy Experience
Ivy Experience co-founder, Eric Karlan, recently gave a TEDx Talk on how students can leverage the college admissions process to develop themselves not only as a better college applicant, but also as a better student.

We are thrilled to announce that registration for the Spring 2019 Girls Lacrosse Season is OPEN! This program is open to girls in the Great Valley School district 1st through 8th grade. No experience necessary! Come see what the fastest game on two feet is all about!  

Pickleball at GVCO has some big changes! Please read our November Update and note there will be no Pickleball 11/19-11/23.

Interested in giving back to the community? Have an interest in volleyball? We are currently looking for a new GVVL Director! If you are interested please email:
Business Sponsor Spotlight
The All-New Great Valley Car Wash recently opened at 120 Lancaster Avenue in the location of the former BP Gas Station, and is ready to serve the community! The car wash is filled with the latest and greatest equipment and truly is an experience to ride through. Your vehicle will be clean and shiny in no time at all, and they offer FREE self-serve Vacuums to all customers.

The car wash was recently purchased and renovated by, Gary Karakelian, who originally built the facility in the late 1980s. A car washing family, through and through, the Karakelians have operated car washes throughout the western suburbs since the 1970s. The site is overseen by longtime Great Valley resident, Abdel Nachani, who, even though he has his hands full with four children in the Great Valley School District, helps to keeps the facility running optimally.

Using a professional car wash is the safest and most environmentally friendly way to wash your car. If you are interested in fundraising opportunities or more information, please stop by and talk to the team or visit .

This Nov 27th is #GivingTuesday. Facebook & PayPal are matching up to a total of $7 million dollars in donations on Facebook. Mark your calendar and please plan to make a donation on Nov 27th!