USA Volleyball Extends Partnership with Connor Sport Court

Oct. 15, 2008, 4:58 p.m. (ET)

USA Volleyball Contact
Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

Connor Sport Court Contact
Jeff Morton
Marketing Manager
Phone: 801-414-6159

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 15, 2008) - USA Volleyball and Connor Sport Court have agreed to renew their partnership for four more years through Dec. 31, 2012. The new contract, which begins on Jan. 1, 2009, continues a relationship which began 20 years ago.

USA Volleyball is the national governing body for the sport in the United States and is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo. Connor Sport Court is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Since the introduction of the Sport Court to volleyball, the sport has enjoyed a major expansion.

"USA Volleyball's long-term partnership with Sport Court has been the critical factor allowing us to expand our Championship and National Team events," USA Volleyball Secretary General Kerry Klostermann said.

"Whereas we once held our events scattered around a city in two-court facilities for a hundred teams, we now feature Championships ‘under one roof' in convention centers populated by up to 60 Sport Courts and almost 800 teams - providing excitement, quality and convenience to participants, coaches, families and spectators," Klostermann said.

In the new contract, Sport Court® is designated by USA Volleyball as the "Official Sport Flooring and Corporate Partner of USA Volleyball; Team; Team Events and Events."

Connor Sport Court provides the official athletic flooring of USA Volleyball, its national teams and its indoor Junior Olympic volleyball championship events. Connor Sport Court International has been the official playing surface of USA Volleyball since 1989, as well as the official surface for the NCAA Championships since 1992.

Each year Connor provides flooring for the USA Volleyball Open, the Girls' and Boys' Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships and the USA Volleyball National Team events. 

Sport Court's patented modular playing surface was utilized exclusively at the 29th Annual USA Junior Olympic Boys' Volleyball Championships played in July 2008 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. Some 32 playing courts totaling more than 100,000 square feet of Sport Court® ResponseTM surfacing saw action during the championships, which drew more than 400 teams from the U.S, Puerto Rico, Guam and Canada.   By way of economic impact, local officials estimated the games brought some $30 million to the area's economy.  

The 2008 USA Junior Olympic Girls' Volleyball Championships were played in Dallas in June.  

About Connor Sport Court
More athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world.  Connor® hardwood floors have established themselves as the standard for professional and collegiate sports since the company was founded in 1872.  Sport Court® is a registered trade mark of Connor Sport Court International.  Since 1974, it has identified the original and authentic modular sport surface, continuously improved and patented to provide the highest levels of quality and performance.