White Thorn Lodge hosts the Naked Volleyball Superbowl every year on the weekend after Labor Day. In 2009 we hosted a team from ESPN which resulted in an article in ESPN, The Magazine. If you haven't seen the article yet, click here or you may want to watch the video about it! Pete Williams (who participated in 1991) of Pittsburgh's BlogTalkRadio did two radio stories with Michele Rauter who played on the ESPN team, one in 2009 and more recently in 2011. In 2013, Stéphane Deschênes, president of the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) spoke to Michele (who came back in 2011 and 2012 and played on a Canadian Women's team) with a follow up interview about her participation and posted it in an episode of the Naturist Living Show. Why not come this year and check it off your bucket list, like Michele did, you won't regret it!
Each year, over 90 teams participate. Teams form on Friday evening, play begins at 8am on Saturday, and elimination play starts at 8am on Sunday. Competition includes Men's AA, A and B classes, Women's AA, A and B classes, and multiple mixed C/Novice level teams. Since no AANR or USVBA cards are necessary to enter the tournament, players include both nudists and non-nudists from all over the world.
Over 1500 players and guests gather to play in and watch the games, with tents and RVs filling White Thorn's 200+ acres. Beginning at 9am Thursday, guests pay a special reduced weekend fee and are welcomed to all events: opening ceremonies, dances, club facilities, corn roast, nude skydivers.
Many teams return every year for "the most unique event in nudism." One visitor spoke for every guest: "I don't care where in the world I am next year, I'll find a way to get to Superbowl!"History of the Volleyball Superbowl
In 1971, Wayne and Betty participated in two nudist volleyball leagues in the East and Midwest. They had the idea to join the two leagues at the end of the season, invite other teams, and sponsor a huge tournament. Wayne asked White Thorn officials if they would be willing to host the tournament as a neutral club. Superbowl #1 was held the last weekend in August, 1971, on two dirt courts. The tournament grew and soon it was decided that it would be held on the weekend after Labor Day. It is now the largest tournament of its kind, with many participants returning year after year for the best fun bargain of the summer.
In 2003, responding to the many participants that arrive early in the week or even arrive the weekend prior, "Early-Bird" tournaments were added on Wednesday and Thursday with evening entertainment options during the week. With the availability of our deep white sand courts, the games go on rain or shine, as happened in 2007 when the AA and A Sunday playoffs utilized them. Continuing to address the "early birds", in 2011 the club began a 10 day/9 night promotional offering using the "Volleyball Nakation" motif.