ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 17, 2012) – Thanks to Disneyland Resorts in Southern California, the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Teams received a magical and uplifting sendoff Tuesday in a parade on Main Street U.S.A. in front of thousands of well-wishers.
The City of Anaheim is the Official Host City of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Teams, both of which have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games that begin on July 28 in London. The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is ranked No. 1 in the world since November 2011, while the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team is the defending Olympic Games champions and ranked No. 5 in the world.
In addition to the parade at Disneyland park involving both programs, several players signed autographs at a City of Anaheim booth in front of ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
“It was fun to do it in Anaheim, where we train, and be able to represent the city,” U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team outside hitter Sean Rooney said. “It was great to do it at Disneyland. Seeing everyone so excited makes us excited.”
“I didn’t know what to expect today,” U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team setter and captain Lindsey Berg said. “The amount of support we received today, many who don’t even know us, was outstanding. It was great to see the show of Olympic support for our team here today. It was a great opportunity for us to put ourselves in front of many new fans, and I want to thank Disney and the City of Anaheim for inviting us.”
The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is currently playing Bulgaria in a three-match Challenge Series hosted by the City of Anaheim. Team USA has won the first two matches (3-2 on July 14 at Canyon High School in Anaheim and 3-1 on July 16 at the Galen Center on the University of Southern California campus). The first match was a sellout of 1,200 fans, while the second match at USC attracted approximately 2,500 fans on the first day of the week.
The Americans conclude the Challenge series by hosting Bulgaria on July 18 at the Galen Center at 7 p.m. PT. Tickets can be bought online at www.usctrojans.com/usa. Adult admission is $10 per person, or $5 for groups of 10 or more. Children’s admission is $5. Military personnel will be admitted free along with one companion when presenting military identification.
Both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Teams leave Southern California later this week for London.
“It was awesome,” U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team middle blocker Russell Holmes said. “I thought it was a lot of fun and the people were great.”
“It was an experience, that’s for sure,” U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team middle blocker David Smith said. “Disneyland did a good job. This was really special.”
“This is the first parade I’ve ever been in,” U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team opposite David McKienzie said. “It was cool to see all the people here.”