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Dec 17 USA Volleyball Renews, Expands Mizuno Sponsorship Agreement

USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal, USAV Secretary General Kerry Klostermann and Mizuno's Dick Grapethin sign the agreement.

By Bill Kauffman | Dec. 17, 2012, midnight (ET)

USA Volleyball Contact
Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org)
Phone: 719-228-6800

Mizuno USA Contact
Lori Ann Dressel (loriann.dressel@mizunousa.com)
Phone: 770-453-7838

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 17, 2012) – USA Volleyball, the national governing body for the sport of volleyball and beach volleyball in the United States, announced with great excitement today that it has renewed and expanded its sponsorship agreement with Mizuno USA, Inc. as the “Official Sponsor of USA Volleyball and USA Beach Volleyball.” The deal extends through Dec. 31, 2016.

Mizuno is a global leader in the development of performance volleyball equipment, footwear and apparel. The long-standing partnership continues to solidify Mizuno’s core message of contributing to society by inspiring the youth to achieve their life-long goals through the active participation and promotion of sports.

Mizuno’s support of USA Volleyball’s national teams extends to all levels. The agreement continues the successful relationship with the USA Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Teams, the USA Men’s and Women’s Junior National Volleyball Teams, USA Boys’ and Girls’ National Volleyball Teams and USA Men’s and Women’s World University Teams. In addition, the agreement expands to include all areas of the USA Beach Volleyball discipline and programs for the first time.

“USA Volleyball is proud to announce that it has extended its official athletic footwear and apparel sponsor agreement with Mizuno Corporation through December 31, 2016,” USA Volleyball Secretary General Kerry Klostermann said. “The agreement has been expanded to include the USA Beach Volleyball discipline and programs. Every single Olympic medal won by USA Volleyball’s indoor national teams has been won in Mizuno performance product and we look forward to continuing our history of successful and mutually beneficial partnerships.”

“Our sponsorship of USA Volleyball has been an important relationship that we’ve fostered for over a decade and we are thrilled to once again represent USAV in the 2016 Rio Olympics,” said Mizuno USA President Bob Puccini. “The addition of USA Beach Volleyball brings a new level of excitement to our affiliation with the sport, which has remained a major part of Mizuno’s heritage and history, and we consider it a crucial component of our company growth.”

Mizuno offers high performance volleyball products to equip the volleyball athlete from head to toe. Offering a full line of high performance shoes, apparel, warm-ups, equipment bags, kneepads and protective gear, Mizuno’s assortment and breadth in volleyball is unmatched.

As an “Official Sponsor,” Mizuno will also participate in several partnership opportunities with USA Volleyball and its events. Mizuno has been the “Official Athletic Apparel and Footwear Supplier” for USA Volleyball since 2001. In early 2009, Mizuno was selected as the exclusive and official ankle brace provider for USA Volleyball.

Mizuno’s support of national teams extends beyond Olympic competition and into the junior ranks providing youth across the world with hi-tech products. The company remains dedicated to developing technologies such as DryLite™ in apparel, and award winning Mizuno Wave® technology in footwear, which enhances performance and helps players of all ages perform at their very best. The most recent product line-up of custom uniforms using sublimation allows teams to creatively stand out from others.

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 sport of Volleyball in the United States. USA Volleyball is responsible for both the Olympic disciplines of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. USA Volleyball has 300,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $20 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men’s and women’s senior national team programs, youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education and certification programs, grassroots development, and programs for the disabled and Paralympic Teams. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984 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 please visit usavolleyball.org.

About Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.

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