Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 9, 2009) - USA Volleyball announced today that it has signed an agreement with VB Stuff Magazine as the national governing bodies' "Recommended Junior Volleyball Publication," according to USAV Secretary General Kerry Klostermann.
"USA Volleyball believes it is important to provide quality publications covering the athletes, events and activities of the junior volleyball community, and this cooperative venture with the staff of VB Stuff will assist in this mission," Klostermann said. "The junior membership is by far the largest segment of our registrant population, and the more coverage devoted to these quality athletes and their accomplishments, the better it is for the sport overall."
"For some time, we have felt the need for the largest segment of our sport, youth, to have its own image, its own voice...and its own magazine," said Carly Rivera, president of Libero Media Partners, LLC. "We are thrilled to partner in this endeavor with USA Volleyball, whose record of success in developing the sport is self-evident. Our aim is to ensure VB Stuff Magazine becomes a catalytic agent and a major contributor to the growth of volleyball across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. We couldn't think of a better partner for this project than the sport's governing body in the U.S. with its 240,000 strong membership base."
VB Stuff, which will debut on April 15, is a visually oriented full-color publication with intent to publish as a quarterly magazine. The publication will use a network of professional writers and photographers from across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada to serve the junior community with 52-60 pages dedicated to youth volleyball, both indoor and beach.
"I am excited to work with VB Stuff Magazine," said Erin Pryor, editor of VB Stuff Magazine. "There is definitely a need for a publication of this type in the juniors market. This is a unique concept in that we are focusing not only on the athletes themselves, but also ways to improve their game, get recruited and become both mentally and physically stronger. Volleyball is not just a sport, it is a lifestyle."
In conjunction with the printed product, VB Stuff Magazine has launched a companion Web site - www.vbstuffmagazine.com - for additional timely information. Individuals can subscribe to the magazine through its Web portal.
About USA Volleyball
Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a Colorado incorporated non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as the National Governing Body for the sport of Volleyball in the United States.
USA Volleyball is responsible for both the Olympic disciplines of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. USA Volleyball has over 240,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,000 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $11 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men's and women's senior national team programs, youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education and certification programs, grassroots development, and programs for the disabled and ParalympicTeams. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984 and capturing numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles.
USA Volleyball is committed to and works toward opportunity for all to participate. It is an advocate for all Americans endeavoring to assure universal access to opportunities at all levels of the game.