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3 November 2011

Wilson Joins the AVCA as Official Sponsor of the Sand Volleyball Championship

Sporting goods manufacturer signs on as the "Official Volleyball of the AVCA Sand Volleyball Championship"

Lexington, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce Wilson Sporting Goods Co. as its newest partner. The two parties have come to terms on a three-year agreement that will name Wilson the "Official Volleyball of the AVCA Sand Volleyball Championship."

The new partnership will be celebrated at the upcoming AVCA Convention, Dec.14-18, in San Antonio, Texas, where Wilson will provide balls and carts for all the U.S. Silica Sand Court educational sessions. Wilson will also provide the sand volleyballs as well as carts and bags for the AVCA Sand Volleyball Championship.

During the term of the agreement, Wilson will provide the AVCA with sand volleyballs to be used by the AVCA for community outreach purposes and grassroots development.

"Wilson is honored to partner with the AVCA and provide them with the best volleyballs for their sand volleyball tournaments," said Enrico DiMario, Wilson's Global Business Manager for Volleyball. "This partnership represents Wilson's continued commitment to the sport of volleyball - both indoor and outdoor - as we look to help the student athletes achieve all of their sports goals. The AVCA has always been an integral part of growing the sport of collegiate volleyball, and we feel privileged to be associated with the AVCA as we look to grow this sport together."

"We are excited about making Wilson part of the team that is helping to launch Sand Volleyball as a collegiate sport," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "While interest in this new sport is high and we anticipate robust growth in the coming years, right now the numbers are small and resources are minimal. Wilson's investment is important and will help the AVCA, the institutions with varsity programs and our other partners put together a quality championship."

About AVCA
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to develop the sport of volleyball and its coaches. With a membership of over 5,200 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. Further information is available at

About Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
As the originator of breakthrough technologies, Wilson is the world's leading manufacturer of ball sports equipment. The Wilson business is structured into three business areas: Racquet Sports, Team Sports and Golf.