Danielle Scott Seriously Injured Protecting Sister in Fatal Stabbing


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, November 21, 2018 – Danielle Scott, a five-time Olympian, two-time Olympic silver medalist and 2016 inductee into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, was seriously injured in a family domestic violence incident that took place this past Sunday and a GoFundMe account has been started to offset medical costs.


Scott’s sister Stefanie Vallery was fatally stabbed by her husband Michael Vallery, who also seriously injured Scott and Stefanie’s own daughter Danielle (aka Danni Boo). Scott suffered multiple stab wounds to her legs and both hands trying to protect her sister during the attack.


Scott was transported to the hospital in serious but stable condition, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.


“USA Volleyball sends our strength, love and support to Danielle and her family,” USA Volleyball CEO Jamie Davis said. “We are deeply saddened by this heinous incident yet so proud of Danielle’s incredible bravery and wish her a speedy recovery.”


Tayyiba Haneef-Park, a teammate of Scott’s on three Olympic teams, has set up a GoFundMe account on behalf of Danielle and her sister.


“Danielle, a five-time USA Volleyball Olympian, is a selfless and inspirational woman,” Haneef-Park said. “In her attempt to protect her sister from attack, she was critically wounded in the thigh and hands. She underwent surgery and will have a long road to full recovery ahead of her. On behalf of the family, I am reaching out for support, with your help, to establish relief for both Stefanie’s family and Danielle. Any contributions will help funeral costs for Stefanie as well as provide medical assistance for Danielle as she recovers from this tragic incident.”


To donate to the GoFundMe account, click here.


Scott passed along a message stating her faith is strong and appreciates the support of family, friends and fans. She is overwhelmed yet remains hopeful.