The Lucky Dog Volleyball Story

It started with a $500 investment in 1987. A women's volleyball team in Winston-Salem, NC could not find uniforms. A  phone call was placed to a company in the Los Angeles area called Sideout. With an initial purchase of $500 the company,  Winston Court Sports, was born.

That first year we set up our store outdoors at adult grass tournaments in and around Winston-Salem, NC. In these early  years we bought our clothing from Sideout, Club Sportswear, Sets, Redsand, and Straight Down. The clothing was very  beach oriented. We were a part time business; only working a few indoor tournaments during the winter and spring, and  some grass ones in the summer. Our owner, Maria Byars, had a full time job at USAirways. During this time the number of junior girls playing in North Carolina and across the country began to increase rapidly. This is when our focus began to  change.

Goodbye Adults, Hello Juniors

We adjusted and began selling at junior girl's tournaments. We started traveling to Carolina Region juniors tournaments all over the state of North Carolina.. We got away from the beach look and started printing our own designs on t-shirts, sweatshirts, pants and shorts. In March of 1987 Maria quit her job and begin to work full time on Winston Court Sports. The business expanded by adding a fundraising division. WCS sent out boxes of clothing to college coaches for them to sell at their summer camps. We spent a week at the University of Virginia running their camp store. The number of colleges and clubs we worked with steadily grew.

Why Lucky Dog ?

In 2003 we tripled our warehouse space by moving to a new location. In 2006 we changed our name from Winston Court Sports to Lucky Dog Volleyball. Maria had found a small, female beagle. She named her Lucky. Maria has always felt lucky and she loved her "Lucky" dog. The new company name was just the right fit. The Lucky Dog Volleyball website debuted in 2006. A new employee was hired.

Lucky Dog was shipping orders to all 50 states and internationally. We began to take our mobile store outside NC traveling across the country to large, multi team tournaments. In 2010 we moved again to have a larger warehouse and more office space.

Three Divisions of the Company

There are now three divisions of Lucky Dog Volleyball - website, tournaments, and fundraising. We ship orders all over the world, we travel to tournaments across the United States and we work with hundreds of colleges, clubs, and individuals through our fundraising division. We design and print our shirts and sweatshirts and custom manufacture sweatpants and hoodies. We custom dye many of our t - shirts. The Lucky Dog Volleyball Brand is a known brand in the volleyball world.

Coming To a Court Near You

We travel over 100,000 miles during the tournament season, we ship packages to a variety of countries and have hundreds of schools and clubs selling our merchandise at their events. This is quite a change from a company that began with a $500 order. We have more space, we have more people working here, and we have a more products we sell. What has not changed is our values and our beliefs. We will always be a company who sincerely enjoys and wants relationships with the people who shop with us. We value those who sell our merchandise on consignment as a fundraiser and continuously strive to make the program better. We appreciate the coaches who work with players and some of us continue to coach. We have been referees ourselves and know they are an integral part of the volleyball world. We've created and run tournaments. We understand and value the many parts of the volleyball world. We look forward to many years of much more volleyball.

Timeline

Year

Event

1987

Winston Court Sports is born.

1996

Owner, Maria Byars, leaves USAirways to work at Winston Court Sports full time.

2003

WCS moves and warehouse space triples.

2006

We have a new name - Lucky Dog Volleyball
We launch our website - LuckyDogVolleyball.com

2010

We move to our current location, 1055 East Lindsay Street, Greensboro, NC.

2012

We redesign our paw and wordmark. We travel over 100,000 miles during the winter and spring.