As announced by the NJCAA, the NJCAA Foundation and First Point Volleyball Foundation have awarded Atlantic Cape Community College a $10,000 grant to establish a men’s volleyball program.
“We are honored to have received this generous grant from the NJCAA Foundation and First Point Volleyball Foundation,” Dr. Barbara Gaba, Atlantic Cape president, said in a news release. “Student-athletes from around the area will benefit from the amazing growth of men’s volleyball as a sport. Growing our athletics program is an integral part of the college experience; it supports teamwork, discipline, and provides a sense of pride.”
Recruitment for the program will begin in fall 2022 and the inaugural season is set for spring 2023.
“The ability to create more opportunities for student-athletes to compete in college and take part in a growing sport is one of the ultimate wins the NJCAA Foundation can achieve,” said Brian Luckett, NJCAA Foundation executive director. “We are appreciative of First Point Volleyball Foundation for making this possible and the NJCAA member colleges who have stepped up to make history by bringing back men’s volleyball to the association.”
In May, the NJCAA in collaboration with First Point Volleyball Foundation announced a $200,000 grant to support the growth of men’s volleyball as an emerging sport within the Association. The NJCAA Foundation awarded grants to 15 member colleges, including Atlantic Cape, to support the initiative towards men’s volleyball becoming a full NJCAA championship sport.
In addition to the new men’s volleyball team, Atlantic Cape is starting men’s and women’s soccer teams in fall 2021. The college also has established women’s volleyball, men’s baseball, archery, and men’s and women’s basketball teams.