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AVP, USA Volleyball Enter into a Strategic Alliance

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AVP, the U.S. premier professional beach volleyball organization and longest-running domestic tour, and USA Volleyball, the national governing body for beach, indoor and sitting volleyball, announced today a new partnership in an ongoing effort to grow and enhance the sport of beach volleyball within the United States.

The newly formed strategic alliance will collaborate on events, marketing, coaching and officials’ education, and more while creating new partnerships and sponsorship opportunities across the professional tour, as well as AVP America’s and USA Volleyball’s Beach Tour’s grassroots efforts. Additionally, a unified ranking system and coordinated event calendar will be the result of this partnership. 

“After years of working alongside USAV — supporting each other, and sharing a common understanding of the sport, we recognized that together, our footprint could be bigger, better and the only real way to unify and enhance our sport across the dynamic landscape that we’ve each been building,” said Al Lau, CEO, AVP. “I am deeply proud of this opportunity and those involved to make it a reality — I know that there are only great things to come for those who love and play our sport. With beach volleyball expanding across the NCAA, this is the perfect time to create a proper ecosystem for the development and growth of beach volleyball.”

 “As the national governing body for volleyball, our goal is to expand the strength and breadth of the sport in the United States and to have the world’s best grassroots programs and national teams,” said Jamie Davis, President and CEO, USA Volleyball.  “I am convinced that partnering with the AVP in many aspects of the development of beach volleyball will lead to even further growth of the sport and enhance our competitive excellence on the world stage.  Virtually all of USA Volleyball’s national team players also compete on the AVP Tour so this alliance makes total sense.”

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Jerry Milani is a freelance writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 25 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and now is the PR manager for Wizard World, which runs pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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