AVCA Signs Sponsor Agreement with Side-Out Foundation


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2010) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association is pleased to announce a new sponsorship agreement with the Side-Out Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.

As part of the agreement, Side-Out will have a presence at several AVCA events, including the 2010 Runza/AVCA College Volleyball Showcase, and numerous high school clinics with which the AVCA is involved through its Affiliate Partner Program.

Also, for each high school volleyball team that donates $1,200 or more to the Side-Out Foundation, the foundation will give an annual AVCA membership to that school's head coach.

"We believe that this partnership will not only inspire coaches and players to participate in Side-Out initiatives, but also support coaching education through the AVCA, " said Side-Out Founder and Chairman Rick Dunetz. "It is a tremendous honor to be partnered with such a well respected organization as the AVCA, and we look forward to working with them over the next two years."

"The reality today is that every volleyball coach and player knows someone who is fighting breast cancer, is a survivor, or has succumbed to the disease," said Kathy DeBoer, Executive Director of the AVCA. "The Side-Out Foundation is doing tremendous work to combat this cancer and to support cutting-edge research into causes and treatment protocols.  Their innovative approach resonates with our community, and we are most grateful for their endorsement of the AVCA through the gift of membership to participating high school coaches."

The Side-Out Foundation was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and coaches and to have them work toward the common goal of furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services.  Through volleyball tournaments, clinics and other events, Side-Out raises funds to donate to organizations that share our idea of a cancer-free world.


About AVCA
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by IMG Associations, a division of IMG, the world's premier and most diversified sports, entertainment and media company.  The mission of the AVCA is to develop and grow the sport of volleyball; with a membership of over 5,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and developing the sport. Members are comprised of national and international coaches, collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as club directors. Other members include former players, officials, media members and other friends of volleyball. As a group, the AVCA is committed to the development, growth, advancement and publicity of volleyball throughout the world.  Further information is available at http://www.avca.org/.

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