USA Volleyball has the right idea. To cope with Title IX consequences, the National Governing Body for volleyball developed a grant program. The $6000 grant is awarded to NCAA institutions that sponsor a men’s volleyball program. The objective:
1. To increase opportunities for men to play varsity collegiate volleyball.
2. To grow the sport at the collegiate level.
Being one of the most cost-effective sports of any NCAA institution, only 80 or so schools sponsor a men’s varsity program. Since USAVB stepped up, over 35 schools have elevated their men’s club program to varsity status.
The 1984 and 1988 USA Men’s Olympic Gold Medal Olympic volleyball teams were comprised of experienced NCAA varsity players (with one exception). Volleyball is just one of many sports that depend on men’s intercollegiate programs for Olympic talent. As thousands of college men are left standing without a sport, where will the USA be standing at future Olympiads?