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Contact John Kane, Public Relations
6 June 2005
For Immediate Release
Spalding President/CEO named 2005 Induction Honorary Chairman
SPRINGFIELD, MA - Scott Creelman, Spalding president and CEO, has been named
the Honorary Chairman of the Volleyball Hall of Fame's 2005 Induction. The
Induction Celebration Week, scheduled October 21-28, will be highlighted by
the Induction at the Hall of Fame at Heritage State Park in Holyoke and the
Celebration Dinner, Thursday October 27.
"Spalding and volleyball have a long and mutually gratifying history so
it's a natural fit to have Scott Creelman lead our efforts for our 20th
Induction and the weeklong celebration of events," stated Gerald Fitzsimons,
president of the Volleyball Hall of Fame. "Scott's a great ambassador for
volleyball and for sports, in general."
Spalding, founded by A.G. Spalding in 1876, produced the first volleyball
for William Morgan, the sport's founder, in 1895.
As role of Honorary Chairman, Creelman will make public appearances and
provide leadership support to this year's induction.
"Spalding and the Volleyball Hall of Fame share history, community and an
emphasized value to the sport of volleyball," stated Creelman. "We both
recognize the importance of maintaining a strong presence in the national
and international worlds of volleyball."
As a Division of Russell Corporation, the Spalding Group consists of three
business units: Spalding in Springfield, MA; American Athletic, Inc. (AAI)
in Jefferson, IA; and Huffy Sports, in Sussex, WI. The three companies,
collectively combined, are now the largest basketball equipment supplier in
the country. Spalding is the official volleyball of the King of the Beach
Volleyball Tour, the official basketball supplier of the National Basketball
Association (NBA) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the
official backboard of the NBA and NCAA, the official soccer ball of the
Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) and the official football of the Arena
Football League (AFL) and Pop Warner. For more information, visit
ABOUT THE VOLLEYBALL HALL OF FAME
The Volleyball Hall of Fame, incorporated in 1978, is a nonprofit
organization located at 444 Dwight Street in Holyoke, Massachusetts in the
Heritage State Park Complex.
The Volleyball Hall of Fame is dedicated to promoting the growth and
development of the sport of volleyball, preserving its history, and honoring
its great men and women.
The Volleyball Hall of Fame is a member of the Lark in the Park
collaborative. Other members include: The Heritage State Park Visitors
Center, the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round and the Childrenšs Museum of Holyoke. The
Hall of Fame is open to the public Tuesdays - Sundays - noon - 4:30.
Information about the Hall of Fame, its programs and events, is available at
The Volleyball Hall of Fame, incorporated in 1978,
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the great men and women
of the sport, and the promotion of volleyball worldwide.