Sunday, July 12, 2015

2015 Induction Class Announced

Four volleyball legends will be inducted as the Class of 2015 into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame on Oct. 23-24 in Holyoke, Mass., the sport's birthplace.

The 30th induction class consists of male indoor volleyball players Lloy Ball of the United States and Renan dal Zotto of Brazil, female indoor volleyball player Helia Roergio de Souza 'Fofão' of Brazil, and coach Paulo Roberto "Bebeto" de Freitas of Brazil.

"The 2015 Volleyball Hall of Fame class represents four remarkable individuals who elevated the sport to new levels over a long period of time on the international stage," said Doug Beal, co-chair of the Volleyball Hall of Fame Selection Committee. "This induction class upholds the highest qualities of the game through its athletes and coaches."

The induction class is elected via a vote of current Volleyball Hall of Fame inductees. A total of 21 different countries are represented in the Volleyball Hall of Fame with at least one inductee. All told, 125 individuals will have been inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame after this year's enshrinement ceremony.

"The class of 2015 honors a diverse group of legendary players amassing 16 Olympic Games appearances among the four individuals and a coach who led his team to an Olympic silver medal," said George Mulry, executive director of the Volleyball Hall of Fame. "These remarkable individuals have brought distinction to the sport over a number of years and we are humbled to honor them here in the birthplace of volleyball."

"This year's class represents the stars of the game from three decades," said Al Monaco, co-chair of the Volleyball Hall of Fame Selection Committee. "The group includes five-time volleyball Olympian in Fofão, plus Lloy Ball who played in four Olympics and Renan who played in three Olympics. Bebeto was one of the top coaches during his time for Brazil and later Italy. It will be another remarkable October evening as we induct these four individuals into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame."

The Volleyball Hall of Fame induction festivities include a Mayor's reception on Friday, Oct. 23, at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, followed by the Ring and Plaque Ceremony inside the Volleyball Hall of Fame from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 24, with the formal Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony taking place the evening of Oct. 24.

The Volleyball Hall of Fame, incorporated in 1978, continues to create a more representative institution with inductees of both genders and disciplines - indoor volleyball and beach volleyball - coming from a wide range of countries. For additional information on attending the 2015 Volleyball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, contact the Volleyball Hall of Fame at info@volleyhall.org or click here for the Induction Celebration calendar and to buy tickets .

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