Midwest Junior Volleyball was founded in 1983 as a member of AAU. In 1994, Midwest Junior Volleyball switched affiliation to USA Volleyball.
Midwest Junior Volleyball previously served as the first host of the AAU National Volleyball Championships held at Benedictine University from 1976-199. After 1994, the AAU event was turned into the USA Volleyball Asics Jr National Championships hosted by College of DuPage from 1995-2001.
Beginning in 2002, the Asics Jr National Championships, due to explosive growth, moved to McCormick Place, Chicago. It was first sports event in Volleyball to be hosted at McCormick Place.
In 2009, the Asics Championships moved to its permanent home at Navy Pier in Chicago. In addition to the Asics Junior National Championships, Midwest Jr Volleyball hosted successfully the Mayor Daley Holiday Sports Festival from 2001-2010 at Christmas time.
Over the years, Midwest Jr Volleyball has helped administer four USA Volleyball Clubs: Straight Down, Midwest JR VBC, Cyclones VBC, and Rally Force VBC.
Our mission is to provide opportunities to help students earn tuition dollars and to play travel volleyball by engaging them in event management of tournaments.
Midwest Jr Volleyball also administers 40-45 tournaments a year, providing opportunities for members to assist in hosting these events to raise funds for their schools and organizations. Over the years, athletes have raised funds for College of DuPage, Elmhurst College, Velocity All Sports, Olivet Nazarene University, St. Francis University and St. Luke’s Ministry.
The current Board of Directors includes: Deb DiMatteo, Lara Aprati, George DiMatteo, Danielle Cline, and Wendy Rochon.
Deb DiMatteo, President, is a long time member of the Board of Directors of USA Volleyball, Great Lakes Region, Professor Emeritus College of DuPage, and 27-year career collegiate coach of volleyball and softball.
Midwest Jr Volleyball has current partnerships with Asics America, Mikasa Sports, Gatorade, Jade Sports Travel, University Athlete, and Athletico.