On Wednesday, Aidan McDonald signed his official letter of intent to play volleyball for the Grand View University Vikings in Des Moines, Iowa. Grand View, competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, is in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
The signing was held at the Father Duenas Memorial School’s Phoenix Center, where McDonald has played volleyball for the past four years as a Friar.
The FD standout came off a stellar MVP season, in which he led the Friars to their third championship in four years. Although McDonald attended Majesty Christian Academy, he helped Father Duenas’ athletics program in many ways. Aside from dominating in volleyball, McDonald was also a force on FD’s baseball and basketball teams.
McDonald is excited to play college volleyball, and hopes, if all goes well, to play volleyball professionally.
“Of course, this is a huge opportunity for me," McDonald said. "All my loved ones have been encouraging me, and I’m going to use that as motivation while I’m out there.”
At the signing were McDonald's family and friends, as well as Steve Pangelinan, FD head coach; Ismael Perez, FD principal; and Bill Maunsell, Majesty Christian pastor.
There is a common perception that Guam high school athletes are too small, or aren’t powerful and tough enough, to make it to the next level of sports. But in recent years, some inspiring local athletes have refuted this notion by showing that those willing to put in the work are capable of playing at the next level.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about putting in the work and staying committed,” McDonald said. “Stay true to the game, whatever sport it may be, and your dreams will definitely be achievable.”
McDonald, with a bittersweet feeling, heads to Iowa on Monday. He loves Guam and finds it hard to leave behind his family and friends. But he also understands that this is a huge opportunity and is thankful to his friends and family for their unwavering support.