USA Volleyball Open House

By Bill Kauffman | Oct. 05, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
USA Volleyball Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 5, 2012) – USA Volleyball, the National Governing Body for volleyball and beach volleyball in the United States, held an open house celebration of its new headquarters building located at 4065 Sinton Road in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Oct. 5.

USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer Doug Beal led a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony that included five of the past six USAV chief executive officers. Al Monaco (1973-1988), Cliff McPeak (1989-1990), Kerry Klostermann (1997-2002), Becky Howard (2002-2004) and Beal (2005 to present) held the ceremonial scissors for the ribbon cutting with current USAV Board of Directors Chairman Adam Rymer, while Kerry Klostermann, USAV CEO from 1997 to 2002 and current USAV secretary general, was present at the ceremony.

The Open House attracted USA Volleyball staff and board members, regional volleyball leaders from across the country, United States Olympic Committee leaders, other Colorado Springs-based National Governing Body executives, City of Colorado Springs representatives and community business leaders.

USA Volleyball, which has been located in Colorado Springs since 1978 and has expanded to a local staff of approximately 50 individuals with an approximate operating budget of $20 million, completed the building purchase on Dec. 9, 2011, and moved into the two-story facility on March 20, 2012. Since then, USA Volleyball has partnered with three other National Governing Bodies – USA Archery, USA Fencing and USA Table Tennis – in offering office space on the first floor of the building.

“USA Volleyball has been an active member within the Colorado Springs community for the last 35 years, and the purchase of this building continues our long-term commitment to the City of Colorado Springs and the Olympic presence in this town,” Beal said. “This building also represents a wonderful statement about the overall growth of our sport, our organization and our abilities to service our members and wide-ranging constituent populations.”

“The sport of volleyball is thriving in the United States, and under Doug Beal’s leadership, USA Volleyball has done something every business hopes to do; they outgrew their space,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said when USA Volleyball announced the property purchase last December. “This move is good for USA Volleyball and will no doubt ensure Doug and his team will continue to succeed.”

At the recent 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, USA Volleyball came away with the gold medal in women’s beach volleyball and silver medals in women’s beach volleyball, women’s indoor volleyball and women’s sitting volleyball. USA Volleyball has earned at least one Olympic medal since the 1984 Olympic Games and is the only country to earn at least one gold medal in beach volleyball since the inaugural event at the 1996 Olympic Games.

USA Volleyball has been an active community partner with the City of Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and the United States Olympic Committee since its arrival. USA Volleyball consistently brings in high performance junior camps and clinics into the city of Colorado Springs, as well as holding international competitions with the world’s best volleyball teams such as the 2012 NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship that concluded earlier this month.

The relocation was possible through several years of fiscally prudent budget management. With an expanding headquarters staff handling day-to-day programming, the previous location at 715 South Circle Drive in Colorado Springs became too small and not functional to handle the infrastructure to support the organization that has now captured nine Olympic and Paralympic team medals combined in the Beijing and London Games.

In addition to the community celebration of its new headquarters building, USA Volleyball is holding its RVA Assembly for its 40 regional associations Oct. 5-7 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. The USA Volleyball Board of Directors will meet at the USA Volleyball headquarters on Oct. 8.