Anaheim Celebration Among U.S. Men's Many Appearances
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2008) – A community celebration in Anaheim capped three weeks of celebrations and appearances for the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team since it won its Olympic gold medal in Beijing on Aug. 24.
The City of Anaheim, where the team has its headquarters at the American Sports Center, honored the players and coaches on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Anaheim’s GardenWalk. The community was able to meet the players and Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon and get autographs.
Members of the team who attended included Tom Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.), Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.), David Lee (Alpine, Calif.), Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.), Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), as well as McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) and assistant coaches Ron Larsen (Lafayette, Calif.) and Jay Hosack. The City of Anaheim was represented by Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and City Council members.
“Anaheim is proud to be the host city for the 2008 Olympic gold medal U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team,” said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle. “A community celebration like this is our way to honor the players and coaches for this incredible achievement.” Pringle also went on to say, “This will be one of the few opportunities to express appreciation to coach McCutcheon and the players. We are looking forward to supporting the team in their training and preparation for future competitions and the 2012 Olympic Games.”
Other appearances by the U.S. Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team since the Olympic Games have included:
- A welcome-home celebration at the John Wayne Airport - read the story here
- A charity dinner at the White House restaurant, an Anaheim sponsor of the team - read the story here
- Appearances on a variety of television and radio shows, including Los Angeles’ local KTLA (view the video here - search under volleyball), the Oprah Winfrey Show, which aired on Sept. 8 (view the Web page here), and the Bonnie Hunt Show (view the Web page here), which will air on Sept. 16.
- Appearances at baseball games: Scott Touzinsky threw out the first pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals, Rich Lambourne threw out the first pitch for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Gabe Gardner threw out the first pitch for the Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League.
- Touzinsky was honored at Vianney High School in St. Louis, Mo., where his jersey was retired. - read the story here
- Following his appearance on “Oprah” in Chicago, U.S. team captain Tom Hoff did a series of appearances at schools around his hometown of Park Ridge, Ill. – read the story here .
- Setter Lloy Ball, who went straight from Beijing to his hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., has had his own series of celebrations including a celebration at Fort Wayne International Airport (read the story here) throwing out the first pitch for the Fort Wayne Wizards minor league baseball team (read the story here) and having Fort Wayne declare Aug. 28 “Lloy Ball Day.”- read the story here.