Mizuno Selected as Exclusive, Official Ankle Brace Provider

March 26, 2009, 2:03 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman, USA Volleyball
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

Eric Hills, Mizuno USA, Inc.
Phone: 770-453-7853
E-Mail: eric.hills@mizunousa.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 26, 2009) – USA Volleyball announced today that Mizuno USA, Inc., a worldwide leader in volleyball equipment and apparel, will serve as the exclusive and official ankle brace of the Association. In September of 2008, Mizuno 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 teams representing the United States in the Olympic Games.”

Mizuno offers high performance volleyball products to equip the volleyball athlete from head to toe. Offering a full line of high performance shoes, apparel, warm-ups, equipment bags, kneepads and protective gear, Mizuno’s assortment and breadth in volleyball is unmatched.

The Mizuno DXS Ankle Support Brace is available in left and right foot specific models, providing a better fit and better support of the outer side of each ankle, where most common lateral sprains occur. The shorter, more compact design of the DXS provides a better range of motion, allowing the ankle and knee to work independently, reducing the risk of knee injuries. With a multi-strap design and multiple levels of support, the DXS offers volleyball athletes a customized supportive fit, emulating a professional “tape wrap”.

“We are very proud to be recognized as the exclusive and official ankle brace of USA Volleyball,” said Dick Grapenthin, vice president and general manager of Mizuno USA’s Volleyball and Diamond Division. “Mizuno’s commitment to research and design has created an outstanding product in the DXS ankle brace. Our partnership with USA Volleyball enables us to equip the most elite volleyball athletes with the best equipment available, and allows us to provide that same level of product to volleyball athletes everywhere.”

“USA Volleyball is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with Mizuno to include its quality line of athletic ankle braces,” USA Volleyball Secretary General Kerry Klostermann said. “Mizuno footwear, apparel, and ankle braces equip volleyball athletes for performance - from the international athletes representing the United States to those young athletes striving to play to their maximum potential.”

Mizuno’s support of national teams extends far beyond Olympic competitions all the way to the junior ranks. Mizuno remains dedicated to developing new technologies like DryLite™ 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.

About Mizuno USA, Inc.

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. manufacturers 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.

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.