3Step Sports reported it acquired the North Pacific Juniors Volleyball Club (NPJ) to its volleyball organization as it expands into the Pacific Northwest.

Adam Ellis founded NPJ with two teams in Albany and Lebanon, OR. Today, the club has more than 70 teams in four locations: Salem (the hub), Bend, Portland and Seattle. In Salem, the club operates out of the NPJ Sports Complex, and it also has facilities in its three other locations.

“We strive to improve the whole athlete and make a difference in kids’ lives,” said Ellis. “We do play at a high level, but we’re much more than that. We have an open practice policy where kids can practice with any team. Plus, we only practice two days a week. There are more opportunities to play if kids want to, but we don’t force it. We’re family first and school and volleyball second. We have the best coaches in the area and want to help kids develop into great players and individuals.”

The 3Step reach spans 43 states and serves more than 3.2 million athletes across nine sports through events, club programs and media content.