Dave and Bernice Epperson helped to create one of the largest annual sporting events in the world. The Volleyball Festival started out as a tournament that featured 120 teams and now showcases over 7,000 matches. The event includes 9,500 girls between the ages of 12 and 18 from over 30 states and four countries. Besides the benefits the athletes get, the Volleyball Festival offers workshops for parents, training sessions for sports-medicine and clinics for referees and coaches. The Volleyball Festival was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in October of 1999. Because of the huge impact of this tournament on the volleyball world, the Epperson's were honored with the AVCA Founders Award in 1994.