Growing Our Sport
One at a Time

First Point Volleyball Foundation is creating opportunities for young men to develop as players and people by advancing and supporting boys’ and men’s volleyball across the nation.

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First Point Volleyball and USA Volleyball Invest $1 million in SIAC Men’s Volleyball

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Our Name is Our Mission

Founded in 2016 by USA Men’s National Team Head Coach and UCLA Head Men’s Volleyball Coach John Speraw and nonprofit executive Wade Garard, First Point Volleyball Foundation prides itself on winning a series of first points, connecting donors to the men’s volleyball programs that need them most. Whether it’s a new DI or DII college program, a budding high school team in your hometown or a community initiative in an underserved area, we strive to help programs take their initial steps toward their creation and development.

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Each year men’s volleyball continues to grow across the United States, and with more players than ever before, there’s still plenty of opportunity to spread our influence. See how far we’ve come and be a part of where we are going.

First Point Volleyball Foundation

  • Raised $3 million since 2017
  • Average one-time gift of $250
  • Average 5-year pledge $10,000
  • Awarded $1,600,000 in grants to 20 universities to-date.

High School Boys Volleyball

  • #1 fastest growing boys team sport in America
  • 21% increase over the past five years
  • 61,000 boys currently playing volleyball in the U.S.
  • 40+ volunteers from 20 different states working on high school growth

Collegiate Volleyball

  • Added 70 Division III teams in the last decade
  • Added 16 NAIA teams in the past four years
  • Added a new DI program in 2018
  • Added six DII HBCUs in one conference in September 2019

Currently there are 235 collegiate men's volleyball programs. Our goal is to increase that number to 380 programs in ten years.

Where We Are and Where We’re Going

Division Original 2016 Status Current Status Goal 2026
Division I 22 23 40
Division II 24 28 50
Division III 90 120 200
NAIA 34 46 60
Junior College 18 18 30
High School 54,000 61,000 100,000

First Points and Our Biggest Runs

First Point Alert - Cumberland University vs. Bluefield College

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Ultimately, nothing is more important than nurturing the spirit and values of the young people of this country. Thank you for helping us do this on and near the volleyball court.

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Check out the First Point in Program History at newly established program Cumberland University in Lebanon TN in front of huge home crowd