In 2021 the JVA and AAU teamed up to create three new boys events as part of the JVA AAU Boys Volleyball Tournament Series to launch in the 2022-2023 season. The first event in the series, the 2022 Chitown Boys Challenge, was a huge success, hosting 484 teams from coast to coast at the McCormick Place for a competitive three days of competition. The positive experience spread quickly through the volleyball community, leading to a surge in registrations for 2023. Within the first week of registration, the event had already surpassed the number of teams registered in 2022.
The 2023 Chitown Boys Challenge presented by Nike officially made history, hosting 738 teams ages 12U-18U, becoming the second largest boys volleyball event in USA history, and the largest non national championship boys volleyball tournament.
“The boys side of the game has been my life’s work and to be able to run events like this is absolutely humbling,” said JVA Director of Events, Adam Beck. “I also know that none of this is possible without all of the blood, sweat, & tears that everyone on this team puts in and their hard work and passion showed big time this weekend.”
“Overall, coming from California this is one our our favorite tournaments all year. It seems well run and it’s fun to play different teams than we normally play.”
“This was a super fun event for our guys. The social media hype has had them excited for months. We were very excited to compete coming into the event, loved participating, and look forward to continuing to bring N.C. volleyball to JVA events. Thanks so much for having us!”
“Overall a very fun tournament. I thought it was well organized… Refs overall were accurate and did well. Glad we came and hope our club and team return next year.”