Federal, state employees, U.S. military to receive free admission to Grow the Game Challenge

Government employees and military members will not have to pay to attend the nation’s largest NCAA men’s volleyball tournament.

The Grow the Game Challenge announced on Wednesday that federal and Tennessee state employees along U.S. military members will receive free admission to the Off the Block Grow the Game Challenge presented by MotorMVB that will take place this weekend at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee.

The Grow the Game Challenge is annual regular season non-conference tournament that occurs in an area of the country without a NCAA men’s volleyball program. The upcoming event will feature 10 teams, including NCAA powerhouse USC and local Tennessee schools Cumberland and Lincoln Memorial.


“Government employees and our military members do so much for us, and we are grateful for all their daily hard work,” Vinnie Lopes, executive director of the Grow the Game Challenge, said. “We are very excited to offer them this fun sporting event to attend this weekend.”

Government employees and U.S. military members will need to show a valid work ID at the ticket gate of the Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena in order to receive free admission.

The Grow the Game Challenge was created an effort to help increase the exposure of men’s volleyball. While the Nashville area is known for hosting numerous sporting events, this will just be the second time in the area’s history that it has played host to a NCAA men’s volleyball event.

All 13 matches of the Grow the Game Challenge will be played at the Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena on the Cumberland campus.

The tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday and will feature matches throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For a complete tournament schedule visit the Grow the Game Challenge tournament website at offtheblockblog.com/growthegame

General admission tickets for the Grow the Game Challenge are $8 for a day pass and $20 for a tournament. Tickets can purchased on game-day at the ticket gate or in advance through the tournament website.