Tournament Information

What is Spike for Tykes?

Spike for Tykes is a special 24-team high school boys’ volleyball tournament benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Each year, teams are paired with a "Tyke." A tyke is a patient champion who has overcome adversity with the support of Nationwide Children's Hospital. Each tyke represents a different department within the hospital. Money donated on behalf of a tyke will be donated to that tyke's hospital department.

Why Spike for Tykes?

Spike for Tykes is about giving back and supporting the hospitals who care for our children when we cannot. If you have ever had a child of your own in the hospital, you know how important it is that your child receive the best care possible. Every donation helps ensure caregivers are better enabled to care for your child when they are in need.

How can you help?

Anyone can help by attending the event and making a donation. Money contributed at the event and online is donated to Nationwide Children's Hospital. We've already received generous support from organizations and companies like the Ohio Valley Region, Sports Imports, VolleyWrite, The Rusty Bucket, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission and Capital University. With sponsors like these, we are able to hold a charity event like Spike for Tykes.

When is Spike for Tykes?

In 2017, Spike for Tykes is being held on Friday, May 5 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. We chose May 5 so we could take advantage of a great volleyball facility and pair up the event with the NCAA Men's Division I Volleyball Championships that are being held at The Ohio State University on May 4 & May 6. We are also working with the NCAA and OSU to obtain discount tickets for all participating teams. This is a great opportunity to compete in a great tournament, watch some inspiring volleyball and give back to a great cause!

What teams are participating?

Last year we had 16 teams from across the state of Ohio competing. In 2017 we are expanding the format to include 24 teams.

Teams currently committed to Spike for Tykes in 2017 include:

  • Archbishop Alter
  • Archbishop Hoban
  • Archbishop McNicholas
  • Bishop Fenwick
  • Centerville
  • Chillicothe
  • Dublin Coffman
  • Gahanna Lincoln
  • Hilliard Davidson
  • Jackson
  • Middletown
  • Northmont
  • Olentangy
  • Olentangy Liberty
  • Pickerington North
  • Reynoldsburg
  • St Francis DeSales
  • St. Xavier
  • Stow-Munroe Falls
  • Walsh Jesuit
  • Westerville Central
  • Westerville North
  • Westerville South
  • Worthington Kilbourne

In 2016, the following teams competed:

When does the tournament begin?

Doors will open at 1:00PM. The first match begins at 2:00PM. Teams can setup a camp areas around the perimeter of the exhibit hall. Please cleanup your areas before leaving. Locker rooms will be available for athletes to change. We expect the event to end before 10:00PM.

There will be a bracket available at the entrance to view which teams will be playing on which courts and when. This information will also be posted here once it is ready.

We have also partnered with VolleyWrite who will be making real time tournament results available via the internet. So if you have a smart phone, you can check in on tournament results from the comfort of your chair.

What should spectators expect? Is there an admission fee?

Spike for Tykes is an event that benefits Nationwide Children's Hospital. Proceeds from the event go directly to the hospital. This event is free to attend. We do ask that since admission is free, please consider making a donation to Nationwide Children's Hospital. You can do so on this site by clicking "Donate" at the top of the page or by making a donation at the event.

Due to the location and size of the event, we are unable to provide seating for spectators. Please bring your own seating. Fold out camp chairs are perfect! Chairs may be setup at a safe distance away from the playable court area.

There will also be a concession stand where spectators and players can purchase food and drinks.

Where is the event being held?

The event is being held at the Columbus Convention Center on Friday, May 5, 2017