BY BILL KAUFFMAN (BILL.KAUFFMAN@USAV.ORG)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 13, 2019) – USA Volleyball announced today that it will be donating over $12,000 in athletic gear to the USA Deaf Women’s Volleyball Team, which is striving to reach gold on its own Path to the Podium.
The USA Deaf Volleyball Team has had recent success on the international stage. In 2016, the team defeated Ukraine to claim its first World Championship title in over 20 years. After finishing with bronze at the 2017 Deaflympics, the U.S. has turned its attention to winning November’s Pan Am Games in Brazil, which carries an automatic berth into the 2021 Deaflympics. The team will furthermore be traveling to Milan, Italy, in June 2020 to defend its World Championship.
“USA Volleyball is proud to be providing this much needed gear to USA Deaf Volleyball as they prepare for November’s Pan Am Games in Brazil and the eventual 2021 Deaflympics,” USA Volleyball CEO Jamie Davis said. “As the sport’s National Governing Body, providing aid to hearing impaired volleyball players further extends our mission to grow diversity and inclusion in our sport and to support volleyball players representing Team USA across the globe.”
USA Volleyball will be providing gear kits for the entire team and coaching staff including new uniforms, warm-up suits, T-shirts, shoes, knee pads, leggings, socks and backpacks.
“The USA Deaf Women’s Volleyball Team is grateful to USA Volleyball for its support and partnership,” said USA Deaf Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Lynn Boren. “It is inspiring to have our sport’s national organization supporting diversity and competition at all levels and abilities. We thank USA Volleyball and look forward to building our relationship for years to come.”