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Morehouse among colleges to start men’s volleyball with $1 million grant

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAC), including Morehouse, added men’s volleyball as the league’s 14th-sponsored sport, the league announced Thursday. The addition came with the support of a $1 million grant from First Point Volleyball Foundation and USA Volleyball.

Men’s volleyball will debut in the spring of 2021. Joining Morehouse will be Central State, Benedict, Fort Valley State, Kentucky State and Paine among HBCU schoools in NCAA Division I and Division II who will add volleyball in an expansion initiative for the sport. A six-team conference tournament also will take place at a date and site to be determined.

The $1 million grant is being funded with $600,000 from First Point Volleyball Foundation, a nonprofit started by John Speraw, head coach of the U.S. Men’s National volleyball team and UCLA, and $400,000 from USA Volleyball.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this generous investment from the First Point Volleyball Foundation and USA Volleyball,” SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore said in a statement. “I am convinced that the impact of this gift will not only be felt on the campuses of those participating SIAC member colleges and universities, but this gift could also serve as a catalyst for increasing African American participation in men’s volleyball throughout the United States.” 

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