About 12 years ago, the Real Racine team was challenged with finding a sand volleyball tournament for North Beach, 50 acres of pristine sand and blue water in Racine, WI. It took a couple years, but eventually Real Racine President/CEO Dave Blank was introduced to Extreme Volleyball Professionals (EVP) Tour Commissioner Ross Balling.
Ten years later, the EVP Tour has established the largest national pro-am volleyball attraction in America. The EVP Tour’s primary aim is to support beach volleyball events that engage families, fans, athletes, students, communities and sponsors. They were instrumental in developing this family-style, multi-sport beach festival that now includes sand volleyball, soccer and tennis.
The tour travels to 20 key markets across the country from March to October and at each event, spectators will not only see elite athletes compete on the sand for top honors, they also have the chance to interact with the pros by participating in contests and promotions at hosting venues. EVP Tour events channel local resources and draw all participants together, benefiting the entire community.
Blank said the EVP Beach Sports Festival is one of Racine’s premier summertime events and is quickly turning into a major regional favorite. “The staff and athletes with both tours are great ambassadors for their respective sports and we look forward to welcoming them in June of 2014 again,” said Blank.
“Working with Real Racine for now 10 years has been a dream come true,” said Balling. “The entire Racine community looks forward to the beach volleyball event each year. The addition of sand soccer and beach tennis to the Beach Sports Festival really helps drive more spectators to the lakefront for a family style event.”
For more information on the EVP Tour, visit www.evptour.com.
Lloy Ball, 2008 Gold Medalist
Spike n’ Splash @ North Beach, Racine, WI
EVP Atlanta Open @ LakePoint Sports, Emerson, GA*
EVP Gold Coast Pro Am @ Oak Street Beach, Chicago, IL
EVP Rock Rosemont @ Rosemont, IL*
Adirondack Coast Pro Am @ Plattsburgh, NY*
EVP Great Lakes Championship @ Michigan City, IN
EVP Rock the River @ Charleston, WV*
EVP St. Pete Pro Am @ St. Pete Beach, FL
Maryland Seafood Festival Pro Am @ Annapolis, MD
Southeast Championships@ Delray Beach, FL*
National Championships @ Naples, FL
West Coast Championships @ Huntington Beach, CA
EVP World Finals of Beach Volleyball @ Stockton, CA*
*Airing on TV