COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 12, 2016) — USA Volleyball and Sports Imports, the official indoor and outdoor net system of USA Volleyball, have extended their partnership agreement through the end of 2020.
“USA Volleyball is pleased to announce this continued partnership with such a trusted authority in the volleyball world,” said Kerry Klostermann, secretary general of USA Volleyball. “Sports Imports is the gold standard for net systems and was the equipment of choice for 13 consecutive volleyball Olympic Games starting with the inaugural event in 1964. We are proud to partner with this world-class company.”
Sports Imports, founded in 1976 and still owned by the same family, was the first to bring a safe, in-ground net system to the United States, simplifying net set up and vastly improving the safety of the sport. Since then, Sports Imports has supplied net systems for both Men’s and Women’s NCAA Championships, the NCAA Beach Championships and the Olympic Games. Sports Imports continues to modernize and innovate its equipment, including the introduction of its durable, yet lightweight SI-1 carbon fiber poles and unique sand/beach volleyball net systems.
Sports Imports is used by over 90 percent of NCAA Division I College programs and has partnerships with the NCAA, AVCA and NFHS.
“USA Volleyball has been and continues to be a foundational component in the growth and success of volleyball in the United States and around the world,” Sports Imports CEO Cyndie Dunlap-Cullinan said. “Sports Imports and USAV have a common passion for the volleyball players, coaches and community at every level of play. Sports Imports greatly values our partnership with USA Volleyball and is looking forward to the next four years.”
Through this partnership, Sports Imports will provide net systems for USAV events and facilities including the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships, USA Volleyball Indoor and Beach High Performance Championships, National Team and FIVB World League events, and the National Sitting team, as well as support USAV Coaching Education endeavors such as CAP Certifications.
Upcoming USAV signature events include the Open National Championships for adults in Minneapolis (May 26-31), the Girls’ Junior National Championships in Minneapolis (June 25-July 4) and the Boys’ Junior National Championships (July 1-8) in Columbus, Ohio. The USA Volleyball High Performance Championships will be held July 18-22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida while the USA Volleyball Beach High Performance Championships will be held in July at a site to be announced.
About USA Volleyball
Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a Colorado incorporated non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as the National Governing Body for the disciplines of beach volleyball, indoor volleyball and sitting volleyball in the United States. USA Volleyball has over 325,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $31 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men’s and women’s senior national team programs for beach, indoor and sitting volleyball; youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education, certification programs and grassroots development across all disciplines. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, three Paralympic medals since 2004 and capturing numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles. USA Volleyball is committed to and works toward opportunity for all to participate. It is an advocate for all Americans endeavoring to assure universal access to opportunities at all levels of the game. For more information on USA Volleyball, visit usavolleyball.org.
About Sports Imports
Founded in 1976 by highly respected volleyball coaches and players, Sports Imports is recognized as the renowned authority in national and international competition volleyball net systems. Sports Imports can be seen at the center of the NCAA Beach and Indoor Championships, USAV Junior Nationals, State High School Championships and the Olympics. As the first company to bring safe, in-ground net systems to the United States, Sports Imports’ experienced team provides expert advice with customized solutions and support to assure the best possible net system for every level of play, and every program. Sports Imports passion has not changed since it opened it its doors in 1976, which is to support the coaches with a net system that is easy and quick to set up, achieves the right net height and tension every time for no matter how long you play, and superior performance, every time. To learn more about what products and services are available at Sports Imports, visit sportsimports.com.