Tour of Glory Celebrates USAV's Beijing Success

Dec. 09, 2008, 6:41 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 9, 2008) – Volleyball teams and fans from around the country can celebrate USA Volleyball's success in Beijing at the Tour of Glory on Jan. 17-19 at the High Performance Volleyball Academy (HPVBA) in Lakewood, N.J.

USA Volleyball experienced unprecedented success at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, winning gold medals in indoor men's volleyball and men's and women's beach volleyball and a silver medal in women’s indoor volleyball. The medal haul was capped off when the U.S. Women's Sitting Team won a silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games.

The U.S. Men's Volleyball Team celebrates its gold medal in Beijing. Photo by FIVB.Headliners at the event will include U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon, members of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team – Lindsey Berg, Nicole Davis and Stacy Sykora – and past Olympians Eric Fonoimoana, Pat Powers, Sinjin Smith and Kevin Barnett, who was one of NBC’s commentators at the Summer Games in Beijing.

The Tour of Glory will feature a volleyball tournament and celebrity banquet to raise funds to support the USA Volleyball national teams programs.

The U.S. Women's Sitting Team took Silver in Beijing. Photo by Frank Polich PhotographyUSA Volleyball has teamed with the Garden Empire Volleyball Association (GEVA) to sanction the event and the High Performance Volleyball Academy for its production.

"This event at a spectacular facility like the HPVBA is a great way to celebrate the success of all our teams at the 2008 Summer Games and support them financially," said USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal. "We want to connect the heroes of our sport with our members, especially our young players."

Boys’, girls’ and adult teams are invited to register for the three-day tournament, which will be played on the 22 courts of the HPVBA.

Phil Dalhausser, left, and Todd Rogers show off their Olympic gold medals won in Beijing. FIVB photo.The Olympic volleyball personalities will be available during play on Saturday at the HPVBA facility for meet-and-greet clinic, autograph and photo sessions. The personalities will also be available at the banquet on Saturday evening.

"At the end of the day, we represent America. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to interact with volleyball players and fans who have supported our team throughout our Olympic journey," McCutcheon said.

Kerri Walsh, left, and Misty May-Treanor show their affection for their Olympic gold medals in Beijing. FIVB photo.Tournament registration is $600. Tickets to the banquet are $200 per plate and admission to the tournament is $5. Profits will be donated to USA Volleyball for the benefit of its national teams programs.

For more information, go to www.tourofglory.com.

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