Nine bold teams, consisting of volleyball all-stars and newbies, will hit the beach to play in the inaugural Merrell Outdoor Retailer beach volleyball tournament on Pierpont Street during the Industry Party. Briggs & Riley Travelware, Brooks Range, CamelBak, Green Guru Gear, Hi-Tec, ITW Nexus Global, Merrell, Outside Magazine and Patagonia will hit sand at the Pierpont Street beach at 6:00 p.m. to kick of the tournament and compete for the inaugural trophy. All proceeds from the competition will go to the National Park Foundation.
The tournament will consist of eight games (nine teams) each lasting a maximum of fifteen minutes. Each game will be rally scoring, first to fifteen points or the most points after fifteen minutes moves on to compete again. To rally the competition, each game will begin with the starting six members from each team playing a round of flip cup at center court. Whoever wins the round, wins the first serve.
â€œThe volleyball games will add a fun and competitive element for a good cause to the industry party,â€ said Amy Roder, marketing specialist at Merrell. â€œWe challenge those in the crowd to bone up on their National Park trivia. In honor of our long term partner and outdoor industry esteemed National Park Foundation, we'll be calling out National Park trivia questions to win fun prizes. For our fans that are not able to make it out to the show, we will also tweet out questions with the OR show hashtag (#ORShow) and will have winners from our Twitter audience (@merrelloutside) so everyone can play. We hope the industry comes to support the games to get outside on the Pierpont Street beach.â€
MerrellÂ® is a brand within the Outdoor Group, a division of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. that also includes Chaco and Patagonia Footwear. Merrell believes in encouraging everyone to get outside, be active and have fun, and is the largest outdoor brand partner of the National Park Foundation. Wolverine World Wide, Inc. is headquartered in Rockford, Michigan. The company's portfolio of highly-recognized brands includes: BatesÂ®, Chaco, CusheÂ®, Hush PuppiesÂ®, MerrellÂ®, SebagoÂ® and WolverineÂ®. The Company is also the exclusive footwear licensee of the following popular brands: CATÂ®, Harley-DavidsonÂ® and PatagoniaÂ®. The Company's products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in nearly 180 countries and territories. Merrell, 9341 Courtland Drive, Rockford, Mich. 49351. Phone: (800) 789-8586; Fax: (888) 746-3329. FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/#!/merrell?ref=nf. TWITTER: @merrelloutside.
The National Park Foundation is an independent charitable organization chartered by Congress in 1967 to strengthen the connection between the American people and their national parks. As the official national non-profit partner of America's National Parks, the Foundation raises private funds, makes strategic grants, creates innovative partnerships and increases public awareness about the need and opportunity for park philanthropy. In its 2008 fiscal year, the National Park Foundation distributed grants and program support of $27.3M. For more information, visit www.nationalparks.org. FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/nationalpark. TWITTER