Allsport Named Official Photographer of Beach Volleyball America
12/7/2000
Allsport Named Official Photographer of Beach Volleyball America Tour
by Mike Kantor, BVA Marketing Services Director (858-486-8659, ext. 350)

World's leading supplier of sports photography adds BVA Pro Beach Volleyball Tour to portfolio.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (December 7, 2000) --- Beach Volleyball America (BVA), the official national circuit for professional beach volleyball in the United States as recognized by USA Volleyball, announced the addition of Allsport to the growing list of supporters for the BVA Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Allsport was founded in 1968 and is headquartered domestically in Los Angeles. Allsport will provide "Official Photographic Services" for the 2001 BVA Tour through an official vendor agreement.

"Allsport serves as official photographer or photographic partner to numerous leagues and governing bodies worldwide," said Greg Walker, Chief Executive Officer of Allsport Photography (USA), Inc. "We are pleased to be able to add the Beach Volleyball America Tour to our long list of valued clients that includes, among others, the International Olympic Committee, U.S. Olympic Committee, Major League Baseball Photos, Major League Soccer, CART, Sanex WTA Tour, USA Swimming and the IAAF."

Allsport is at the forefront of sport photography. Allsport has captured some of the world's most memorable sports moments and significant events, with over half a million pictures each year in over 130 sports credited to its professional cadre of more than 40 award-winning photographers. The Allsport library, the single most comprehensive collection of sports photography, includes over 10 million images representing approximately 150 sports from track and field, to football, basketball, tennis and beach volleyball. Over 500,000 of the images in the Allsport Library are stored digitally. The company's use of digital technology provides a timely online picture service of the world's top sporting events 24-hours a day.

"Allsport's reputation for excellence and commitment to providing the highest quality product are a natural fit for the BVA Tour," said Lori Okimura, Chief Operating Officer of the BVA. "Partnering with a company that has the range of capabilities that Allsport does allows the BVA Tour to provide more comprehensive coverage of pro beach volleyball events to service our media partners."

The 2001 BVA Pro Beach Volleyball Tour features the top U.S. men's and women's competitors at 8 events beginning in April and concluding in Honolulu, Hawaii in mid-September. Two-time Olympian, Holly McPeak, is joined by fellow Olympians, Annett Davis, Jennifer Johnson Jordan, Barbra Fontana and 2000 BVA Rookie of the Year, Misty May. Joining the BVA women on tour in 2001 will be 5-time World Champion and Olympian Sinjin Smith, 1999 U.S. Olympic Cup Gold Medalists, Kevin Wong and Rob Heidger, and fellow Olympians, Carl Henkel, Jeff Nygaard and Dan Landry among others.

Allsport is a part of Getty Images, the world's leading provider of imagery and related products, based in Seattle, Washington. For more information on Allsport, please contact Janey Marks, Vice President, Strategic Alliances (310) 230-3400 or via email at Ja[email protected]. Or, visit online at www.allsport.com.

For more information on Beach Volleyball America or the BVA Tour, please contact Mike Kantor, Marketing Services Director, (858) 486-8659, Ext. 350 or via email at [email protected]. Or, visit online at bvatour.com.

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