Miyashiro Elected to USOC's Athletes' Advisory Council

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Dec. 07, 2016, 3 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Dec. 7, 2016) – USA Volleyball is proud to announce that 2012 Olympic silver medalist Tamari Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) has been elected to serve as USAV’s representative to the United States Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC) for the 2017-2020 quadrennial.

Miyashiro was elected by her athlete peers (beach, indoor and sitting volleyball) within USA Volleyball who have represented the United States in Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American Games, Parapan American Games, World Championships or other major international competitions within the preceding 10 years. Chris Seilkop (Victoria, Texas), who has been a member of the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2016 U.S. Paralympic Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team, was selected as USA Volleyball’s alternate to the AAC based on receiving the highest vote total of the opposite gender of the overall top vote getter.

“I am excited and honored to represent an elite group of athletes this quad on the Athletes' Advisory Council,” Miyashiro said. “I think it's important that the athletes' voice gets heard and I am looking forward to helping them in any way that can relieve them of extra stresses while competing at the highest level. I am excited to get to work next month and looking forward to see the athletes train hard for Tokyo.”

The USOC AAC is an advisory council with the primary responsibility of communicating athletes’ concerns and issues to the USOC family, as well as communicating information from the USOC family directly to elite athletes. On a basic level, all AAC Representatives should be informed and involved in the following areas: Selection Procedures for Olympic, Paralympic and Pan Am Trials, Selection Procedures for protected competitions other than above, Athlete Agreements, Code of Conduct, Personal Competitive Gear, NGB Governance, Anti-Doping, and Performance Partnership Agreement (PPA).

Miyashiro was an active member of the U.S. Women’s National Team from January 2010 to July 2016 as a libero. Along with winning silver at the 2012 Olympic Games, Miyashiro earned silver at the 2011 FIVB World Cup as well as gold medals in the 2011, 2012 and 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix. She competed in the 2011 Pan American Games and won bronze.

Miyashiro helped the University of Washington to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship title in 2005 to start her four-year career with the Huskies. She was honored with AVCA All-America Second-Team honors as a junior and senior in 2008 and 2009. Miyashiro graduated from Washington in 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree in art.

Miyashiro has given back to the volleyball community was a co-founder and CEO of Give it Back Foundation.

Seilkop, who has served as CEO and president of YMCA of the Golden Crescent, rejoined the U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team this past year and earned his fourth trip to the Paralympic Games. In total, he has earned eight international and team medals while playing for Team USA. Seilkop was inducted into the YMCA Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2007. He was also president of the Victoria Rotary Club from 2015-16.

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 disciplines of beach volleyball, indoor volleyball and sitting volleyball in the United States. USA Volleyball has over 325,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $31 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men's and women's senior national team programs for beach, indoor and sitting volleyball; youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education, certification programs and grassroots development across all disciplines. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, three Paralympic medals since 2004 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 on USA Volleyball, visit usavolleyball.org.