Festival Sports

Festival Sports (Sugar Land, TX) is a youth sports services organization committed to inspiring, educating, and unifying athletes, coaches, and parents. Its premier event, the Volleyball Festival (Volleyball-Festival.com), has been dedicated to expanding opportunities of young women athletes since 1984. Now in its 38th year, the Volleyball Festival serves over 10,000 athletes on 550 teams annually and is part of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame. In 2022, Festival Sports hosted over 450 teams in the 10th annual Festival Fiesta Classic (festivalfiestaclassic.com) at State Farm Stadium.

The founders of Festival Sports, Bernice and Dr. David Epperson, are members of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Since 1999, the education division of Festival Sports, Parents for Good Sports, has conducted innovative parent education programs to school and youth sports organizations throughout the United States. In 2007, Dr. Epperson was named by the Institute for International Sport as one of America's 100 most influential sports educators. Sadly in 2021 Bernice, passed away. She will be loved and remembered forever by her family and countless others she has touched and inspired.

Anna Epperson Kelley, Dave and Bernice's eldest daughter, is the current leader of Festival Sports along with her husband Bryan Kelley.  Anna played in the 1984 Festival before going on to star on the Rice University volleyball team from 1984-1988. Bryan also attended Rice University and after over 20 years in the Technology Sales industry, has been dedicated to Festival Sports since 2010.