Newport Beach, CA (June 27, 2013) – AVP Cares, the non-profit arm of the AVP, announces a partnership with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation that will bring skin cancer education programs to all seven 2013 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Stops. To signify the partnership AVP Cares has committed 100% of the proceeds from ticketing donations to the John Wayne Foundation at the end of the 2013 AVP Tour.
Beginning with the first AVP Tour stop on August 16th in Salt Lake City, UT, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation will have a booth set up at each event to hand out educational materials and its own private label sunscreen samples.
July will be a big month for SoCal volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings, who will pose nude in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue and make her beach sport comeback in Long Beach, Calif., before she tries for her fourth gold medal.
The mother of three announced Tuesday in an exclusive interview with NBC4 Southern California her plans to represent America in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. But first, she will compete on the SoCal coast in the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball on July 22.
"I'm coming back because I want to do it better," she said. "I have so much more in me... I feel like I'm just scratching the surface."
Up-and-coming U.S. beach volleyball teams will be traveling around the globe to represent their country at international events starting this week and continuing into July.
Beginning this week, the U.S. women’s teams of Morgan Beck Miller (Coto de Caza, Calif.)/Tealle Hunkus (Girard, Ohio), Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.)/Kaitlin Sather Nielsen (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and Summer Ross (San Diego, Calif.)/Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) are slated to compete at the FIVB Anapa Open on July 23-28 in Russia.
The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal won gold while April Ross and Jennifer Kessy took silver at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Rome Grand Slam in Italy.
Both teams will play next at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships on July 1-7 in Stare Jablonki, Poland.
Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.), seeded No. 3, defeated Latvia’s No. 6 Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs, 21-19, 21-18 in 44 minutes in the men’s final.
Kerri Walsh Jennings made her decision to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics between being dropped off at Heathrow Airport and boarding her flight late last summer.
She had just finished winning an unprecedented third straight Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball with Misty May-Treanor when Walsh Jennings noticed a picture of the Cristo Redentor statue in the Heathrow terminal, the famous landmark in Rio de Janeiro. A landmark she knew she had to see for herself in four years.