As we broaden our scope to provide opportunities for boys of all ages, First Point will remain focused on growing and diversifying collegiate opportunities. Given the inequities of college roster spots between men and women and the everchanging landscape of college sports, philanthropic dollars will continue to be critical to provide opportunities.
First Point Volleyball Foundation seeks to have high school boys volleyball sanctioned by all 50 states. We would like to see the number of boy' playing grow from 60,000 to 100,000 by 2028. We have a dozen state-specific online petitions circulating and collected 20,000 signatures combined in one week. Indiana, Utah, Texas, and Ohio already have more than 4,000 signatures each.
With our success expanding opporutnities at the collegiate level, getting sanctioning in Colorado, and supporting diversity with the sponsorship of 6 HBCU teams / the SIAC, First Point wants to create more opportunities for boys, especially socioeconomically disadvantaged boys and boys of color. First Point is exploring a range of initiatives around state sanctioning, working with stakeholders to create more entry points for boys, and seeking ways to get more socioeconomically disadvantaged boys playing club volleyball. We want to increase the number of boys playing high school and club volleyball by over 50% by 2028. Our moonshaot goal is to have 100,000 boys in the US playing High School volleyball, which is still only 20% of the number of girls playing today.
You are invited to join with hundreds of families from around the country in making volleyball opportunities for young men and boys one of your philanthropic priorities.