2014 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour to include Milwaukee
Milwaukee one of seven tournaments across the country from May-September
Milwaukee, WI – March 24, 2014 – The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), the premiere domestic professional beach volleyball tour in the U.S., has officially announced its 2014 schedule, featuring Milwaukee as one of seven tournaments across the country from May through September. Other tournament venues include St. Petersburg, FL; Salt Lake City, UT; Manhattan Beach; CA; Cincinnati, OH; Atlantic City, NJ and Huntington Beach, CA.
The AVP is the exclusive domestic beach volleyball home of the nation’s top athletes, including Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh-Jennings (2004, 2008, 2012), Todd Rogers (2008) and Phil Dalhausser (2008); Olympic silver medalists April Ross (2012) and Jen Kessy (2012); two-time Olympians Jake Gibb (2008, 2012) and Sean Rosenthal (2008, 2012); and Olympian Nicole Branagh (2008).
The tour also features many up-and-coming stars that are helping build the future of the sport, such as Casey Patterson, Theo Brunner, Summer Ross, Emily Day and 2013 AVP rookies of the year Tri Bourne and Lane Carico.
“On behalf of my partners, sponsors and supporters, we are honored and humbled to host the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour at Bradford Beach,” said local volleyball promoter Todd Gawronski of G1, Inc. “We are excited to showcase the world’s best beach volleyball teams and provide a great weekend of sports and entertainment to those who will be visiting Milwaukee.”
Tickets for the 2014 AVP tournaments will go on sale in the coming weeks, and information will be available at www.AVP.com.
Six of the cities where the AVP will play in 2014 were also on last year’s schedule. The tour looks forward to Milwaukee this season for the first time since 1998, when beach volleyball legend Karch Kiraly took home one of his record 148 tournament titles along the shore of Lake Michigan. Each of the AVP’s seven tour stops will feature three days of world-class beach volleyball competition featuring Olympic champions and world-renowned athletes competing in an unmatched beach-party atmosphere filled with, music, food and interactive activities.
“The 2014 AVP schedule is our strongest and most exciting to date,” AVP Managing Partner Donald Sun said. “The six cities that we’re returning to this year have shown tremendous support for the AVP and our athletes, and the continued growth of the tour is a testament to the strength of our sport. We’re also thrilled to be adding Milwaukee as a tour stop for the first time in many years. We know that Milwaukee has a large and vibrant base of people who are passionate about volleyball, and we’re looking forward to bringing the excitement of an AVP tournament to them.”
For more on the AVP and the 2014 schedule of tournaments: www.avp.com.
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About the AVP
Established in 1983, the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) produces, markets and distributes volleyball events worldwide, including the popular AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. While promoting family-oriented events and supporting a healthy lifestyle, the AVP is best known for its world-class athletes, who have won numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the Olympic games. The AVP headquarters are in Costa Mesa, California, USA