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HOLYOKE, Mass., May 22, 2023 - The International Volleyball Hall of Fame (IVHF) is proud to present its induction class of 2023, to be honored on October 21 in Holyoke. The class includes six members across four disciplines who were at the top of the game in their respective category, setting the standard and making history en route to being honored with this prestigious recognition.
The 37th IVHF Induction class includes the following members: Olympic gold medalist and four-time Olympian Phil Dalhausser (United States, beach male player); two-time Olympic medalist and five-time FIVB World Tour Champion Larissa França Maestrini (Brazil, beach female player); three-time Olympic medalist and iconic setter with a twenty year career Katsutoshi Nekoda (Japan, indoor male player); four-time Olympian and three time Olympic medalist Yumilka Ruiz (Cuba, indoor female player); Olympic medalist and longtime professional and National Team coach Silvano Prandi (Italy, coach); and longtime administrator within various national and international federations and the first member to represent Thailand in the IVHF, Shanrit Wongprasert (Thailand, leader).
Also announced are four special award winners, recognized for their contributions to the IVHF or the sport of volleyball itself. They include the AVP (Court of Honor), the Homewood Suites Holyoke / Susan Concepcion (William G. Morgan Award) and outgoing American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Executive Director Kathy DeBoer (Mintonette Award). Also honored earlier in 2023 was Hector “Picky” Soto (Puerto Rico) with the Mayoral Award of Excellence.
“Since 1985, the IVHF has had the distinct honor of inducting the legends of our sport while recognizing them for their storied careers and numerous accomplishments,” said IVHF President Steve Bishop, also the President of the Florida Region of USA Volleyball. “This year we look forward to welcoming another amazing class of inductees, along with several very deserving special award winners. We cannot wait to create new memories with this 2023 class of award winners. So many of the world’s greatest volleyball athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and leaders have made the trip to Holyoke, MA, USA, the birthplace of volleyball, to have their names and plaques added to the Wall of Honor, and to experience the pinnacle moment as their name is called and their story is captured forever. We invite everyone to join us for this incredible celebration.”
All told, the IVHF has inducted 161 individuals from 25 countries into its historic Hall of Fame – those totals will rise to 167 inductees from 26 countries after the 2023 event. More detailed information on each inductee can be found below.
"The achievements of the class of 2023 are undeniably extraordinary," stated IVHF Executive Director George Mulry. "From exhibiting unparalleled dominance in both indoor and beach volleyball across for more than sixty years to overseeing structure and competition for an entire continent, the IVHF is privileged to recognize these deserving individuals, along with our award recipients. Each honoree brings a unique story that will be shared with the world and we invite you to join us in Volleyball City – Holyoke, Massachusetts - to witness the celebration in person."
The 2023 International Volleyball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA on Saturday, October 21, 2023. The event is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, and ticket packages are available online at www.ivhf.org.
Volleyball enthusiasts are encouraged to sign up for an IVHF membership which will provide behind-the-scenes and exclusive content before, during and after Induction Weekend. More information on the IVHF membership program can be found on the organization’s website.
About the IVHF
Located in Volleyball City - Holyoke, Massachusetts - the city where volleyball was created, the IVHF is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to honoring the legends, recognizing the greats, and preserving the history of volleyball worldwide. The IVHF museum is home to over 160 inductees from 25 different countries and over 5,000 square feet of volleyball history. Thousands of people visit the IVHF museum each year to learn about the game and experience the exhibits. Best known for its annual marquee Induction Celebration honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates youth, collegiate, and recreational programs annually in New England. For more information on the induction events, please visit the Hall’s website at www.ivhf.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Included in the 2023 Induction class are:
Phil Dalhausser (United States, Beach)
Larissa França Maestrini (Brazil, Beach)
Katsutoshi Nekoda (Japan, Indoor)
Yumilka Ruiz (Cuba, Indoor)
Silvano Prandi (Italy, Coach)
Shanrit Wongprasert (Thailand, Leader)
Included in the 2023 Special Awards categories are:
AVP (Court of Honor)
Kathy DeBoer (Mintonette Medallion of Merit)
Homewood Suites / Susan Concepcion (William G. Morgan Award)
Hector “Picky” Soto (Mayoral Award of Excellence)
For more Information, contact;
George Mulry, IVHF Executive Director (E-Mail: email@example.com, Phone: 413-536-0926)
444 Dwight Street / Holyoke, Massachusetts USA 01040 / Website: www.ivhf.org
HOLYOKE - The International Volleyball Hall of Fame (IVHF) has announced an organization rebrand to align with its strategic vision to be recognized as the authority on the history and excellence of volleyball around the world.
The rebrand will encompass both the visual identity as well as the purpose, vision, goals and capabilities for the Hall to drive outreach, fundraising, exposure and growth. A fully realized brand strategy will cast the Hall further forward, aligned with the surge in popularity of volleyball around the globe.
As the hall of fame for volleyball around the world, the organization will now officially be known as both the International Volleyball Hall of Fame and the IVHF. Utilizing the acronym of IVHF builds upon the prestige and equity of the existing brand, while leveling up the organization to meet other similar volleyball institutions, whose names have evolved in similar ways, bringing meaning and value to the unique but accessible name.
Steve Bishop, IVHF Board President commented: “As volleyball continues to grow domestically and internationally, it is important that the brand of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame clearly positions the organization for recognition in every continent and every discipline of the sport worldwide. This rebrand process allowed the IVHF to reflect on the history and mission of the organization while also looking forward to where we want to be strategically in the global volleyball family. This was an important project that will help to highlight the IVHF and honor this great sport well into the future.”
The Hall is on the cusp of major change highlighted by the creation of its International Media Advisory Group comprising media representatives, blog owners, and social media influencers from around the globe that will help create and share stories of volleyball history online and in the physical museum. With change and expansion, branded materials often need to be produced, making this an ideal time for this endeavor.
“The IVHF is poised for expanded recognition nationally and globally due to the excellent leadership and contributions of its board of directors, advisors, and supporters,” said IVHF Executive Director George Mulry. “It is important we create the foundation for a strong brand that accurately represents our purpose, goals, and vision for the future. We’ve experienced incredible growth over the last decade and our brand new identity and logo will honor our roots while representing who we are today and where we are going tomorrow."
The tools and resources of the rebrand, including a corporate strategic review, were part of an in-kind donation from is+at, a prestigious strategic brand house out of New York City led by Heather Furman and Matthew Thornton that are both big supporters of international volleyball and the IVHF. The timing and offering of this donation was utilized by a special work group, the IVHF Marketing Committee, and the IVHF Board of Directors to create the final brand concepts and marks.
The new brand mark will be rolled out throughout the remainder of 2023 including transitioning the website to www.IVHF.org and will include new branding for the Induction Ceremony, to be held October 21, 2023 in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Tickets are on sale for the 2023 Induction with the Class of 2023 to be announced on May 22. For Induction info and to purchase tickets, click here.
About International Volleyball Hall of Fame
Located in Holyoke, Massachusetts - the birthplace of volleyball - the International Volleyball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to honoring the legends, recognizing the greats, and preserving the history of volleyball. The IVHF Museum is home to more than 160 inductees from 25 countries and over 5,000 square feet of volleyball history. Thousands of people from around the world visit the museum each year to learn about the game and experience the exhibits. Best known globally for its annual Induction Celebration honoring the sport’s elite, the IVHF also supports more than a dozen youth, high school and collegiate competitions and programs annually.
The IVHF exists to honor the legends, recognize the greats, and preserve the history of volleyball.