Mizuno Renews Contract with USA Volleyball Through 2012

Sept. 22, 2008, 11:09 a.m. (ET)

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

Mizuno USA Contact
Eric Hills
Phone: 770-453-7853

NORCROSS, Ga. (Sept. 18, 2008) - Mizuno USA, Inc. announced with great excitement today that the company has renewed its sponsorship agreement with USA Volleyball to remain as the "Official Athletic Apparel and Footwear Supplier for the USA Men's and Women's National Teams and those teams representing the United States in the Olympic Games".

Additionally, the agreement continues this relationship for the USA Men's and Women's Junior National Teams, USA Boys' and Girls' Youth National Teams, and Men's and Women's World University Teams.  Continuing Mizuno's long standing commitment to the sport of volleyball, the contract will remain in place through 2012, including the highly anticipated 2012 London Olympics.

As an "Official Sponsor," Mizuno will also participate in several partnership opportunities with USAV and their events.  Mizuno has been the "Official Athletic Apparel and Footwear Supplier" since 2001. 

"We are very proud to continue our partnership with USA Volleyball," Mizuno USA President Bob Puccini said.  "This agreement has been a success since it began in 2001, and we are certainly excited about furthering it until 2012 and the London Olympics. Volleyball is a major part of Mizuno's heritage and history, and we consider it a major component of our future growth. We are excited to continue supporting our national teams, and are very proud of their success in the 2008 Olympics."

"Our continuing partnership with Mizuno is a source of pride for everyone at USA Volleyball and particularly our athletes who wear Mizuno performance gear playing the sport they love," USA Volleyball Secretary General Kerry Klostermann said. "Interestingly, every indoor volleyball Olympic medal ever won (1984 Gold and Silver; 1988 Gold; 1992 Bronze and Bronze, and 2008 Gold and Silver) has been with Mizuno as the teams' official sponsor."

Several Mizuno volleyball innovations were introduced at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games for the United States Men's and Women's National Teams, including the National IV Jersey and Shorts.  The U.S. Men's Team won the Olympic gold medal, and the U.S. Women's Team won the silver medal using these high performance products. 

Mizuno's support of national teams extends far beyond Olympic competition all the way to the junior ranks.  Mizuno remains dedicated to developing new technologies like Ice TouchTM body cooling technology in apparel, and award winning Mizuno Wave® technology in footwear, which enhances performance and helps players of all ages perform at their very best.

Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world.  Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America.  Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.