Sports Imports, Inc., is the official net system of the AVCA, and has been a supporter of the association since the association's inception in 1981. Founded in 1976 by Ken Dunlap, Doug Beal and Mark Watson, all former volleyball coaches, Sports Imports set out to provide the industry with a safe volleyball net system. It was the first to replace dangerous guy wires with an in-ground sleeve system.
The company has since installed more than 19,000 systems in gyms and arenas across the United States. The exclusive distributor of Senoh net systems in North America, Sports Imports is the official net system of the both the NCAA Championships and the Olympic Games via the FIVB.
Sports Imports is based in Columbus, Ohio, and is a recognized leader in the volleyball community. By educating volleyball coaches and administrators on the value and safety of the sleeve and upright system, Sports Imports has helped transform the quality of volleyball equipment across the country.
"They have been one of the first sponsors of the AVCA and have been through thick and thin with our coaches' organization," said Terry Liskevych, Oregon State University head volleyball coach, and co-founder of the AVCA, in his nomination letter. "In addition, under the leadership of the Dunlap family - both the late Ken Dunlap and son Dave Dunlap and now President Brad Underwood, Sports Imports has done many extraordinary things for the sport of volleyball - as an event facilitator, sponsor, benefactor, contributor, innovator and most importantly as a loyal friend to everyone in this great sport."