New Orleans to Host 2015 USAV Girls' Junior Nationals

By Bill Kauffman | Jan. 17, 2014, 4:05 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 17, 2014) – USA Volleyball is proud to announce the City of New Orleans will host the 2015 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) June 23 to July 2 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, which is expected to bring an estimated economic impact of $23 million to the city.

The USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships attracts over 13,000 athletes and over 25,000 spectators annually. The tournament crowns 30 champions in age divisions ranging from 11 to 18. The event, showcasing the top talent from across the nation, also draws hundreds of college recruiters looking for the next stars for their programs.

“The City of New Orleans has long been known for its success in hosting major sporting events and we feel that the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships fits on this list very well,” USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. “The return to New Orleans for the Girls’ Championships has been long overdue and we look forward to a great event in 2015.”

The 2015 GJNC will be the first USA Volleyball event in New Orleans since the 2006 USA Volleyball Open National Championships, which was one of the first major sporting events held in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. In 1999, New Orleans hosted the USA Volleyball Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Championships.

“We are thrilled to welcome the 2015 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships to New Orleans,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “Every year our city provides an authentic and unique experience to visitors so we hope the teams and their families will take advantage of our city’s rich history, culture and hospitality. New Orleans is second to none when it comes to hosting major sporting events.”

“We’re pleased to welcome the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships back to New Orleans,” said Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “New Orleans was recently recognized as North America’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination by the World Tourism Awards for the caliber of sporting events we host. From thousands of unique hotel rooms, world class restaurants at every price point, to authentic historical sites and cultural attractions, all within walking distance, New Orleans is a great destination for sporting events of all sizes.”

Jay Cicero, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation applauded USA Volleyball and the many entities in New Orleans who worked to bring the event back to the Crescent City, “New Orleans remains North America’s favorite destination for championship sporting events. Hosting an event of this magnitude takes a phenomenal amount of coordination between the New Orleans Metropolitan CVB, Morial Convention Center and the many participating hotels that recognize the value of hosting this premier amateur event. We thank Tom Pingel and USA Volleyball for their eagerness to continue the great relationship with the City of New Orleans.”

New Orleans, also known as the Big Easy, is a built-in history lesson with its history influenced from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and elsewhere creating a melting pot of culture, food and music. The city offers many attractions for families with historic neighborhoods, museums that chronicle the city’s past, the Audubon Zoo and the Audubon Aquarium, the many city parks, the French Quarter and tantalizing festivals throughout the year. For a list of 50 free things to do in New Orleans, click here.

USA Volleyball selected Minneapolis as the site for the 2014 GJNC in May of 2012. The 2014 GJNC will be held June 24 to July 3.

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 300,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $20 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 Paralympic Teams. 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. For more information please visit