MIDWAY, KY. – Midway University and the MotorMVB Foundation announced a $5,000 grant to aide in the establishment of the new men's volleyball program. The University announced the addition of men's volleyball for the 2018-19 academic year just last week, with Jonea Rima serving as the Head Coach overseeing the implementation of the program.
The MotorMVB Foundation (www.MotorMVB.com) is a non-profit organization with a mission to stimulate the growth of boys' and men's volleyball at all levels in the United States. While there are presently 188 collegiate programs nationwide, the organization's goal is to help fund an increase to 380 programs by the start of the 2026-27 academic year. The foundation's $5,000 grant to Midway will be dispersed over a two-year period.
"Seven years ago there were only 26 NAIA schools with men's volleyball programs. With the announcement of Midway's new program today, that makes 39 NAIA men's volleyball teams," said Wade Garard CEO of the MotorMVB Foundation. "We are pleased to be able to support Midway during this impressive period of its growth in athletics and enrollment. Rusty Kennedy, Coach Rima and the leadership at Midway University have really impressed us and we are convinced that Midway's new men's volleyball program will thrive for many years to come."
"It is exciting to see the growth of boys volleyball and notably collegiate men's volleyball at the NAIA level," said John Speraw, Head Coach of the US Men's National volleyball team and Chairman of the Board of the MotorMVB Foundation. "With the addition of Midway as the 39th program, it appears we will surpass 40 schools soon and have the opportunity for men's volleyball to become a NAIA National Championship sport."
"Passionate volleyball donors have contributed to MotorMVB to make grants like this possible," Garard said. "Our foundation board chairman John Speraw always says there is nothing more important than providing opportunities for the young people of this country. We are pleased to be able to help do this for young men in Kentucky and from around the country who will come to Midway and enjoy a meaningful student-athlete experience."
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