AVP Invites Brazilian Beach Volleyball to Wild West Duel in September
LOS ANGELES, July 31 /PRNewswire/ — The AVP and the United States have formally invited Brazil to bring their best beach volleyball teams and compete in a heads-up challenge to determine which country reigns supreme in beach volleyball, it was announced today.
“The AVP is putting prize money on the table,” said Jason Hodell, AVP CEO. “Let’s settle this dominant beach volleyball country debate heads-up.”
The AVP World Challenge – USA vs. Brazil will pit top men’s and women’s teams from the AVP Crocs Tour against their counterparts from Brazil. The United States’ delegation will likely include two-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh and 2008 Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers. A portion of the prize money will be set aside for a winner-take-all country purse, based on the combined country team’s performance.
“We’ve played the Brazilians all over the world on the FIVB Tour and in the Olympics, but never on our home turf,” said Todd Rogers, 2008 Olympic gold medalist and top AVP athlete. “I’d be honored to have the Brazilians meet us in Arizona and accept our challenge.”
If Brazil accepts the challenge, the AVP World Challenge – USA vs. Brazil is set take place at Westgate City Center in Glendale, Ariz., September 25-27.
For more information on the AVP Crocs Tour, please visit www.avp.com.
About AVP, Inc.:
AVP, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. One of the fastest growing entities in the sports world, the AVP operates two of the industry’s most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour (1983) and the AVP Hot Winter Nights Indoor Tour (launched in 2008). The AVP is set to stage more than 35 events throughout the United States in 2009 and features more than 150 of the top male and female competitors in the sport. AVP athletes won both the women’s and men’s gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, marking the first gold medal sweep by a single country in the history of Olympic Beach Volleyball. AVP is headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.
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