Great American and role model John Wooden once said “Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” There are both conventional and non-conventional ways of approaching a dream. Whatever the method, it takes courage to see a dream through to completion. The dream of the Women’s National Volleyball Association is to be successful in bringing professional volleyball back to the United States. Because the goal is to bring it back, that suggests pro volleyball was here once before. That may be a surprise to many our fans today, but it is in fact true. Over the years there have been a few attempts to start indoor professional volleyball leagues. The Women’s Professional Volleyball Association was established in 1986. Major League Volleyball was started in 1987. Both leagues failed. Then there was the National Volleyball Association in 1994. At the turn of the century, the United States Professional Volleyball League came on to the scene, but it also fell short in building a lasting outlet for volleyball athletes and fans.
Some people may be wondering why the developers of WNVA are placing such a strong emphasis on fan growth and fan support. One major reason is because of what was missing during the earlier startups. The lack of fan support was in fact a large contributor to why the earlier leagues did not make it. There were other reasons but none more significant than fan support. The truth is, no professional organization can survive with out the support of fans. Outside of the athletes, you…the fans are the most important element to success.
While our research has shown us the popularity of volleyball reaches well into the millions and covers all of the United States, none of the past leagues have ever brought the entire volleyball community together. Our goal is to unite the volleyball fans in the U.S. in their entirety and to consistently give this sport a mainstream platform. We currently have more access to do things in television than we have ever had before, but we can only be as successful as the fans that support us. Without fans being on board from the beginning, we run the risk or repeating what has already been done. Moving with the courage that it takes to see a dream fulfilled, the developers of the Women’s National Volleyball Association have been careful to respectfully remember these past models. They are taking from all of the old experiences in order to help this new organization succeed, so that our lot is not to repeat history but to make it! Continue to spread the word until every volleyball enthusiast becomes a fan, and thanks again for joining the revolution.
"Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."
~ John Wooden