USAV, Anaheim Move Forward in Women's National Team Relocation
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Anaheim City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to authorize City staff to negotiate an agreement with USA Volleyball that would relocate the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team to train in Anaheim at the American Sports Centers as early as this spring.
The vote is a step forward in the process that would move the U.S. Women's National Team to Anaheim from its current home at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Once the agreement is finalized, Anaheim would be designated the Official Host City for the U.S. Men's and Women's National Volleyball Teams through the 2016 Olympic Games.
"USA Volleyball has established a very positive working relationship with the City of Anaheim since the U.S. Men moved there in 2006, and we look forward to expanding that relationship with our Women's National Team," USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer Doug Beal said. "We believe the synergy of both teams in the same location, the success the men have enjoyed and our overall experience with Anaheim makes this an easy decision. At the same time, I would like to express our deepest thanks to the City of Colorado Springs and the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for being a top-notch training site for the Women's National Team over the past three Olympic quadrennials. The facilities and support services here at the Olympic Training Center have been outstanding.
The U.S. Women's National Team, ranked No. 2 in the world by the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Before moving to Colorado Springs. the team trained in San Diego from 1981-1996 and won the silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games and a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games during its previous stay in California.
During his 2009 State of the City address on Jan. 27, Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle proposed that the U.S. Women's National Team should join the U.S. Men's National Team in Anaheim as Southern California's climate and Anaheim's strong community support have proven successful for the Men's Team.
"It would be a great move to have the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team move its training headquarters to Anaheim, and join its male counterpart," Mayor Pringle said. "Anaheim's location, climate and facilities would help the women in their quest for a gold medal in 2012 and beyond."
The U.S. Women's National Team begins its 2009 schedule by hosting the 12-team Pan American Cup held June 26-July 4 in Miami. Team USA will also host the FIVB World Championship Third Round during July at a site to be announced with qualification into the 2010 FIVB World Championship Final Round at stake.
The American Sports Centers, which has been the training site of the U.S. Men's National Team since it moved to Anaheim in 2006, has agreed to host the U.S. Women's National Team as well. The facility, which opened in March of 2004, is the largest indoor court facility in the United States featuring 22 volleyball courts, 16 basketball courts and nine indoor soccer courts. Among the ASC's other tenants is the Southern California Volleyball Association, one of 40 regions within USA Volleyball.
New U.S. Women's Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon, who was instrumental in moving the U.S. Men's Team to Anaheim when he was the head coach, cites Southern California's sea-level altitude and support for the sport of volleyball as the key reasons for making the move.
"We were very happy with the success the U.S. Men's team has had since moving to Anaheim and I am looking forward to seeing positive results for the U.S. Women as well," McCutcheon said. "The lower altitude and the support for the sport from the people of Southern California make this an ideal location for both teams."
The U.S. Men won the 2008 FIVB World League and the 2008 Olympic gold medal after making the move to Anaheim in 2006.
About City of Anaheim
The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is California's 10th most populous city. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 345,500 residents and more than 2,100 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.3 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, Anaheim Arsenal, and the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winning USA Men's Volleyball team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, The Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.
About USA Volleyball
Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a Colorado incorporated non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as the National Governing Body for the sport of Volleyball in the United States.
USA Volleyball is responsible for both the Olympic disciplines of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. USA Volleyball has over 240,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,000 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $11 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men's and women's senior national team programs, youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education and certification programs, grassroots development, and programs for the disabled and ParalympicTeams. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984 and capturing numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles.
USA Volleyball is committed to and works toward opportunity for all to participate. It is an advocate for all Americans endeavoring to assure universal access to opportunities at all levels of the game.