Wilson Sporting Goods
The Wilson Sporting Goods Company is an American sports equipment manufacturer based in Chicago, Illinois. Wilson makes equipment for many sports, among them baseball, badminton, American football, basketball, fastpitch softball, golf, racquetball, soccer, squash, tennis, pickleball and volleyball.
Wilson manufacture a range of both indoor and beach volleyball balls and volleyball equipment including bags, ball carts, caps and visors. Wilson are most typically associated with beach volleyball through several high profile sponsorships, where they have official volleyball status.
Wilson Volleyball – AVP Tour
Wilson and the AVP have been delivering unbeatable experiences on the beach for over twenty years, bringing out the best in the most elite beach volleyball athletes, and putting skill on center stage. Wilson’s OPTX Beach Volleyball is the official game ball of the AVP.
Wilson Volleyball – UKBT
In recent years Wilson has brought its cutting edge OPTX technology to the UK Beach Tour, where they deliver the official game ball and title sponsorship.
Wilson Volleyball – NCAA Beach Championship
When the best in USA college beach volleyball square off with the season on the line, they use the Wilson NCAA Beach Volleyball.
Wilson Beach Volleyball Players
Wilson work with many of the top beach volleyball talent that participate in the AVP:
Former BYU athlete, 6’6″ Casey Patterson has enjoyed a stellar career in the sport for many years, including taking the AVP Best Offensive Player, AVP Team of the Year awards and representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Irene was an All-Conference player at Texas Christian University, and led the team in points, kills and aces. After playing indoor volleyball professionally in the top league in Switzerland she has finally made the full transition to the beach.
Stafford started his volleyball career at the University of Minnesota before joining the AVP in 2010, teaming with Olympic Gold Medalist Dain Blanton. He had a breakout season in 2013, earning four top-5 finishes.
Kelly comes from a UCLA Volleyball family; her mother, Jeanne Reeves snf her two brothers, Connor and Jake Reeves all played at the program. Prior to her beach debut, Kelly played one year of professional indoor volleyball in Switzerland and trained with the USA Indoor National Team from 2014-2015.
The McKibbin brothers, Maddison and Riley, grew up on the island of Oahu playing volleyball in their backyard and on the sand of the Outrigger Canoe Club. They are the only brothers in the history of the sport to have played together in high school, college, professionally overseas and now professionally on the beach on the AVP tour.
Sarah Sponcil started playing volleyball at age 6, but didn’t hit the dirt courts on the outskirts of Phoenix until age 8. She also played indoor, and after three seasons with the LMU Lions, she transferred to UCLA. She has recently joined the AVP Tour and has also competed on the FIVB Tour. She and her partner Kelly Claes have hopes of competing in the Tokyo Olympics.