Colorado Springs, COLO (May 4, 2016) – Volleyball fans of all ages in central Oklahoma can cheer on their favorite sitting volleyball athletes this weekend during Team USA’s Road to Rio campaign.
Members of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sitting Teams will scrimmage and sign autographs for fans on both Saturday and Sunday as a part of the event at the Boathouse District in downtown Oklahoma City.
On Saturday, May 7, the teams will play from 2-3 p.m. and sign autographs from 3- 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 8, the teams will play from 1-2 p.m. and sign autographs from 2-2:30 p.m.
“As always, we’re looking forward to exposing the general public to sitting volleyball and get the ball rolling for the Olympics and Paralympics. With less than 100 days out to Rio, hopefully we can build some excitement,” said Eric Duda, the Men’s Sitting Team captain.
Athletes anticipated to participate in scrimmage are: Ben Aman (Tacoma, Washington), Stephen Bracken (Brighton, Colorado), Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Oklahoma), Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), Tia Edwards (Skiatook, Oklahoma), Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, North Carolina), Roderick Green (West Monroe, Louisiana), Kaleo Kanahele (Edmond, Oklahoma), John Kremer (Buford, Georgia), Dan Regan (St. Louis, Missouri), Jese Schag (Norway, Illinois), Lexi Shifflett (Waseca, Minnesota), Josh Smith (Riverside, California) and Bethany Zummo (Dublin, California).
In addition to the sitting volleyball exhibition, fans can enjoy a zip-line, a long jump, live music and other Olympic-themed activities throughout each day.
“The Road to Rio Tour presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance captures the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and brings it to Team USA fans across the country,” said David Giglio, USOC’s associate director of marketing activation.
Additionally, Riversport Rapids Whitewater Center is hosting the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for canoe/kayak slalom during the grand opening of its new whitewater rafting and kayaking facility on Saturday and Sunday.
The campaign is making nine total stops across the country through September 10. Other host cities include San Diego, California, Chicago, Illinois and Boston, Massachusetts.