Building Diversity and Community through Volleyball
The Dallas Independent Volleyball Association or D.I.V.A for short, was founded nearly 25 years ago in the Dallas Gay and Lesbian community. D.I.V.A. promotes diversity and community building through volleyball on a weekly basis. People from all walks of life participate in the association. The association welcomes everyone no matter what your creed, orientation, or athletic abilities or the lack there of. D.I.V.A offers five different divisions from RECREATIONAL to POWER PLAYERS so there is something for everyone. The volleyball league plays the majority of their games at the Integrated Athletic Development (IAD) in Carrollton, Texas on Friday evenings. In addition to volleyball, they provide food and fellowship, and the latest musical hits for ambience. Longtime member Donny Perry said, “If you are looking for something new to do, come out and join us. It doesn’t matter who you are. We want you to have fun and maybe get a little exercise in as well.” In the video below (full length can be found here), recent D.I.V.A. member Jake McKowen credits the association for giving him something to do other than hang out in the bar scene. Donny Perry and Kelly Ann Fraser share their stories on how D.I.V.A. has impacted their lives. For more information, please visit http://www.divadallas.org.