Around the World of Volleyball
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Last week AVP Owner Donald Sun, and Chairman Dick Carle launched a nationwide press tour that saw them traveling across the country to promote the upcoming AVP Tour. The weeklong press jaunt included stops in four different cities in four days. Along the way, Donald and Dick were joined by Kerri Walsh-Jennings in New York City, Todd Rogers in Cincinnati, Jake Gibb in Salt Lake City and April Ross in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The week started in New York City as Donald, Dick and Kerri, accompanied by the newest addition to the Jennings family, Scout Margery, spent Monday and Tuesday doing an extensive round of interviews. Kerri gave interviews to national media outlets that included E!, SHAPE, HEALTH and FITNESS magazines, Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated Kids, along with several local news outlets.
Wednesday marked the media days in Cincinnati and Salt Lake City, and the events in both cities were hugely successful as media personnel and city officials turned out in droves. Cincinnati’s event took place just outside the city, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, which will host a Tour stop for the first time since 2009. Todd Rogers, who in his career has won three AVP championships in Cincinnati, was on-hand to grant interviews. The 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist also spent some time on the court, playing beach volleyball with his sisters Ally and Maggie King, who are members of the Elevation Volleyball Club in Mason.
In Salt Lake City, Jake Gibb returned to his home state with his one-year-old son Crosby in tow. Media and city officials once again turned out in full-force as Jake spoke about his excitement at having a Tour stop for the first time in Salt Lake City.
Click Here to read about the Tour stop in Salt Lake City here.
On Thursday Donald was joined by Olympic Silver Medalist April Ross for the final stop on the press tour in St. Petersburg. With tropical storm Andrea pouring torrential rains down, organizers were forced to move the event indoors. However the enthusiasm for the AVP Tour making its first ever appearance in St. Pete could not be dampened.
“The media turnout at each event was positively amazing,” said Donald at the tour’s conclusion. “The enthusiasm and excitement we saw from the media and city officials was inspiring. It’s great to see that the AVP will be welcomed with open arms in each city on the Tour. We are now more excited than ever for the season to kick-off.”
In the coming weeks, the AVP will be hosting additional press events at the four other stops on the 2013 Tour: Atlantic City, Manhattan Beach, Santa Barbara and Huntington Beach.
Read additional stories about the 2013 AVP Tour below:
Salt Lake City:
- Salt Lake City Tribune: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/56416608-77/avp-beach-lake-salt.html.csp
- Standard Examiner: http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/06/05/avp-sets-salt-lake-volleyball-tour-stop
- Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865581235/AVP-professional-beach-volleyball-coming-to-Utah-for-the-first-time.html?pg=all
- KSL-TV: http://www.ksl.com/?sid=25483128&nid=294&title=the-ute-from-bountiful-bring-beach-volleyball-to-salt-lake-with-help-from-a-cougar
- ABC 4 TV: http://www.abc4.com/sports/story/Beach-volleyball-tour-coming-to-Utah/x8Oc1vJPp0Wdw_39rfxMPw.cspx
- Sports Business Daily: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2013/06/06/Leagues-and-Governing-Bodies/AVP.aspx
- Wasatch Beach Volleyball Blog: http://www.wasatchbeachvolleyball.com/blog/?tag=avp-salt-lake-city
- Cincinnati.com: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130605/SPT11/306050211/AVP-returning-Mason
- WXIX: http://www.fox19.com/story/22510424/avp-tour-coming-to-cincinnati
- Mason Buzz: http://masonbuzz.com/2013/06/06/avp-returning-to-mason/
- Tampa Bay Times: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/tourism/beach-volleyball-may-land-in-st-petersburg/1275933?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co
- The Tampa Tribune: http://tbo.com/pinellas-county/beach-volleyball-tournament-coming-to-st-pete-20130606/
New York City:
- Bleacher Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1662184-kerri-walsh-jennings-excited-for-return-of-avp-tour-run-for-another-gold
- Fox News Insider: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/06/03/kerri-walsh-jennings-takes-maria-molina-vs-brian-kilmeade