USAV Signs Sponsorship Agreement with EM2

March 25, 2009, 1:11 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 25, 2009) – USA Volleyball has selected Event Management and Merchandise (EM2) as its “Official Event Merchandiser” and “Official Online Store” as part of a four-year agreement running through 2012, USA Volleyball Secretary General Kerry Klostermann announced today.

“USA Volleyball is excited about this new partnership with EM2,” Klostermann said. “EM2 will be putting the quality look and feel of USA Volleyball and our championship events on merchandise available to our membership and the general public.”

EM2, based in Austin, Texas, will provide official merchandise for the three USA Volleyball championship events: USA Adult Open Championships, USA Junior Olympic Boys’ Volleyball Championships and the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships. In addition, EM2’s role as the “Official Online Store” will be to create and market USA Volleyball licensed products as well as provide fulfillment services.

USA Volleyball distributed a Request For Proposal (RFP) to 14 companies and received bid responses back from eight of those businesses. After an in-depth analysis of what all eight companies could provide, USA Volleyball selected EM2 to serve as both the “Official Event Merchandiser” and “Official Online Store.”

Both USA Volleyball and EM2 are jointly targeting mid- to late-April as a launch date for the online store handling USA Volleyball products. At that time, USA Volleyball will have a banner on its Web site linking to the new USA Volleyball online store.

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.