Molten Becomes USAV's Official Outdoor Volleyball

March 26, 2014, 1:30 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 26, 2014) – USA Volleyball announced today that it has expanded its partnership with Molten USA by adding the designations “Official Outdoor Volleyball of USA Volleyball” and “Official Volleyball – Court, Sand and Grass” to the overall sponsorship relationship.

In the summer of 2011, Molten renewed its current agreement as the “Official Sponsor of USA Volleyball, Its National Teams, High Performance Program, National Championships and Coaching Accreditation Program.” Both the existing and new sponsorships are effective through 2016 and will include collaboration on a variety of grassroots and cross-promotional elements as well the continuation of comprehensive joint social media initiatives and philanthropic programs, such as the Pass it Forward Program.

“Molten USA has been a tremendous, forward-thinking partner over the past 17 years and it is exciting to expand this mutually beneficial sponsor relationship to include the sand and grass game through the 2016 Olympic quadrennial,” USA Volleyball Secretary General Kerry Klostermann said. “Molten USA’s support for USA Volleyball programs has been superb and we look forward to working together to grow and promote the sport of volleyball in new ways through this long-term partnership.”

Molten has been the official volleyball of the U.S. National Teams since 1997. In 2001, Molten expanded the partnership to include the USA Volleyball High Performance programs, Coaching Accreditation Program, the USA Volleyball Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Championships and the USA Volleyball Open National Championships for adult players.

“Molten is excited to expand our partnership as the Official Outdoor Volleyball of USA Volleyball,” Molten USA President Melissa Dawson said. “Since our partnership began in 1997, it is clear that both partners are committed to the support and advancement of the sport of volleyball, from the court to the sand. Molten is dedicated to being at the forefront of technological innovation with the goal of providing the highest quality and value to athletes. Molten looks forward to a very successful future partnership with USA Volleyball and will continue to demonstrate its commitment to producing the absolute best products for the greater volleyball community.”

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 usavolleyball.org.

About Molten USA, Inc.: Founded in 1958, Molten Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of competition quality sports balls. Molten Corporation manufactures a wide range of athletic balls in several sport categories – including volleyball, soccer, and basketball. In addition to being the Official Ball of USA Volleyball, Molten is also the official ball of the NCAA Volleyball Championships, as well as numerous state associations, collegiate conferences, collegiate programs, and junior volleyball programs. For more information on Molten USA, Inc, please visit www.moltenusa.com.

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