Who is the one man volleyball team?

Bob Holmes


Where did Bob Holmes come from? Well, he grew up in the Boston, MA area. Bob does have a family, a wife and 3 girls. His compassion for others keeps him on the road across the country getting out the message that you can "Beat the Odds". He really wasn't much of an athlete. In fact, Bob was a very shy person. He never played volleyball in high school or college.

He did a lot of traveling which caused him to develop a bad back. His doctor recommended that he get more exercise. It was at that time, Bob began playing volleyball with a friend from church in their back yard. "We played 3 or 4 times a week, usually after evening programs. After watching the famed Globetrotters entertain a crowd and seeing the joy they brought to young people, I came up with the idea of a one-man volleyball team. This way, I could demonstrate to people that they can beat the odds just as I was doing on the court." At the age of 29, Bob called a principal in the Pittsburgh, PA area. " I had a meeting planned there, and asked if I could play a few games, just by myself, against the kids and another game against the faculty. No doubt, the principal thought that I wouldn't have a chance, so he said 'yes'. I played and had a lot of fun and won. Then, I called another school and before I knew it, I had 11 schools lined up."Now as of May 2006 he has been in over 5000 gymnasiums.

Bob has been traveling around the country helping the youth of our country see that they can "Beat the Odds". When the One Man Volleyball team passes off the scene he wants the epitaph on his tombstone to read:

  • "It wasn't the Volleyball, but the Message that kept me going"
  • My message is thousands of times more important than my game.