The International Volleyball Hall of Fame (IVHF) is proud to announce its induction class of 2021. This group spans a wide range of volleyball history and accomplishments and we are excited to help recognize them for their legendary achievements.
The 35th Induction class includes nine honorees: four-time Olympian and two-time gold medal winner Giovane Gavio (Brazil); four-time Olympian, two-time gold and two-time silver medal winner Sergio Dutra Santos (Brazil); two-time Olympic gold medal winner Taismary Aguero (Cuba/Italy); six-time Olympian winning one gold, a silver, and two bronze medals Sergey Tetyukhin (Russia); three-time Olympian and gold medal winner Clay Stanley (USA); four-time Olympian and two-time silver medal winner Logan Tom (USA); three-time Olympian with one gold, one silver, and one bronze medal Ricardo Santos (Brazil); two-time Olympian and gold medal winner Todd Rogers (USA); and former President of the European Confederation and Second Executive Vice President of the FIVB Andre Meyer (Luxembourg) inducted as a leader.
“It is great to be opening up in the US and it is even better that we will get to meet in-person later this year in Holyoke to honor this amazing Class of 2021” said IVHF President Steve Bishop, also the President of the Florida Region of USA Volleyball. “After a pause in 2020 due to the pandemic, we have expanded our 2021 class to recognize even more legends in our sport and continue this annual tradition. Welcoming the inductees to the birthplace of volleyball is a very memorable experience for them and a bucket list item that every volleyball enthusiast should experience in their life. On behalf of our board of directors, I congratulate this class for their outstanding contributions to our sport and I look forward to celebrating with them in October.”
While this is a larger class than normal, the IVHF Board of Directors and Induction Committee felt it was important to make up for not having an induction in 2020 to continue to honor the greats in our sport. All told, the IVHF has inducted 146 individuals from 24 countries into its historic Hall of Fame - that number will increase to 155 from 25 countries after the 2021 Enshrinement.
"This Class has been two years in the making and we are excited to be back again celebrating the careers and legacies of these nine incredible Inductees." said IVHF Executive Director George Mulry in a live video message announcing the new Class. "This is going to be a truly remarkable Induction Celebration in October and I hope volleyball fans from all over will make the trip to Holyoke or tune-in to the live broadcast. It's going to be a very special event."
The 2021 International Volleyball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and events will take place in and around Holyoke, Mass., Oct. 15-16, 2021. Tickets are available at VolleyHall.org/Induction-Celebration. Plans are still being made with Covid-19 considerations for safe induction events. We encourage all volleyball enthusiasts to sign up to become a member of the IVHF through our new membership program, which will provide you behind-the-scenes and exclusive content before, during and after Induction Weekend. For more information on the membership program, visit VolleyHall.org/memberships.