Dana is passionate about people, teams and growth. After decades of experience in sports, Dana believes that athletes and sports have an important role to play in our society and believes that they can be a major contributor to a better future.
Research shows that athletes are often high achieving executives, philanthropists and entrepreneurs and if we can impact these individuals through sport in more beneficial ways, they can be more effective agents for change.
Innovation throughout sports is happening at a rapid pace and we believe that Holistic development principals will emerge at the forefront of successful sports endeavors and organizations in the future. For this reason, Dana has greatly diversified her approach to business and sports by integrating new research and learnings and is now sharing them with the sports industry.
As a Club Director for over 15 years and a Club Owner for 7, Dana understands the complexities of organized sports and in 2020 decided to open a new businesses and work directly with organizations and impact the industry on a wider scale. Dana and Dynamite Athletes are now helping athletes and organizations evolve and incorporate new methods and practices.
Hey Dana, Out of the hundreds of parents that you communicate with, I'm just another face in the crowd....that noticed that you are an awesome influence and example." James S
"I just wanted to tell you that I really liked your presentation today at the parent meeting. Your key points were great and I really appreciated you having us parents interact. I am a former school administrator and I will definitely pass that on to my colleagues. The points hit home yet in a fun, interactive way! So, job WELL DONE!!!!" Suzy B.
"Thank you for the wonderful job you do "coaching." You work the mind, body and spirit! Watching K at practice yesterday I noticed a huge difference! Her mind set gave her confidence in herself and you had an amazing impact!
Dana Burkholder is a former Owner and Director of Forza1 Volleyball. Forza1 is one of the largest volleyball organizations in Southern California with locations in Temecula, Ontario and Pasadena. Forza1 opened in 2014, and in 2019, Dana led her 18UA team to a 5th place finish at USA Nationals in the Open Division and the #1 ranking in Southern California. In 2020, Dana left Forza1 to open her own consulting and sports development business.
Growing up in Southern California, Dana grew up playing numerous sports including track and field, cross country, tennis, golf, basketball, baseball and eventually volleyball full time. Dana's sports experiences have inspired her to be a life long learner and contributor to sports.
During Dana’s career at the University of Arizona (1998-2001), the Wildcats went from a top 40 team to a top 4 team. Each year the team advanced further into the the NCAA tournament and in her senior season she helped Arizona reach their first and only NCAA Final Four Appearance. Dana was a 2x First-Team Division 1 All-American Setter ('00 and '01) and Pac-10 Player of the Year (2000). She continues to hold multiple records at the University.
Dana was a 2x member of the USA Volleyball Junior National Team (as a senior in high school and as a sophomore in college) and was able to compete internationally, winning a gold medal at the Norceca Champions in 1998. After graduating from Arizona with a degree in Art History and Creative Writing, Dana was a member of the USA Volleyball National Team (2003) before beginning a career in marketing with Bear Essential News for Kids.
From 2005 to 2014, Dana explored numerous opportunities including coaching at her Alma Matter, Arizona, playing professionally in Italy, and Directing Temecula Volleyball Club ('09-'14). Each opportunity was a learning experience giving Dana the opportunity to see all the different levels and dynamics of sports from the youth to collegiate to international levels.
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