Kiara Wright was a valued player at AVA for 5 years. Michael Williams (AVA Director of Website and Social Media) is the Uncle/Guardian/Parent of Kiara.
Kiara was a standout for AVA and Clear Lake High School. She attended USC on a full ride Volleyball Scholarship. Kiara spent two seasons before transferring to Florida State where FSU went 29-2 in her junior year. In Kiara’s senior year she turned her focus to track and field where she participated in High Jump and helped Florida State win the ACC Championship. Kiara graduated FSU in 2016. Tragically the world lost Kiara on October 2nd 2017 to Suicide. She was an amazing athlete and an even more amazing person.
Here is a short clip of Kiara from her FSU days - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7gHwAo_B_w&t=3s
“Not a day goes by that our hearts do not ache from losing Kiara to suicide on 10/2/17. Through the pain ..we are now working to bring mental health and suicide out of the darkness in our community.” – Michael Williams
In 2017 AVA Created the Kiara Wright Memorial Fund in her honor. The KWMF will strive to provide local athletes the opportunity to play club volleyball that would otherwise not be able to. AVA will continue to dedicate our annual Charity Classic to the KWMF.
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This fall, he will join hundreds of thousands of walkers across the country in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Please help Michael Williams reach his goal to honor Kiara and raise $2,000