Kerri Walsh Joins Oakley Athlete Roster: Famed Champion of Beach Volleyball Now Part of Oakley Family
FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., June 14, 2010 – The global leader in sport performance and lifestyle innovations, Oakley, today announced that beach volleyball phenom Kerri Walsh has joined the company’s family of professional athletes. Called “the greatest beach volleyball team of all time,” Kerri and teammate Misty May-Treanor have been awarded two Olympic gold medals in the sport, and Kerri has earned numerous accolades in the U.S. AVP Tour and the FIVB World Tour.
“We are proud to welcome Kerri into the Oakley family, and honored to be joined by an athlete who has risen to the top of her sport with the level of focus and dedication that exemplifies the world’s best,” said Oakley’s VP of Global Sports Marketing Pat McIlvain. “Kerri puts 110% into every game, and she knows we do the same with every one of our performance products. She has chosen to rely on Oakley technology as she continues her winning career and strives for her third gold medal – a choice supported by decades of innovation and uncompromising authenticity that has earned our reputation among world-class athletes,” McIlvain concluded.
“I am so happy to be a part of the Oakley family. As an athlete and an Olympian, I work hard every day to perform at the highest level, and the technology and protection offered by Oakley allow me to do that. Their Commit sunglass is my choice for competition, and I love the Forsake sunglass for everyday wear,” said Kerri.
COMMIT®, a pure performance design made exclusively for women, reinvents everything the world knows about comfort, fit and style with the kind of bold beauty that celebrates the power and grace of the female form. With FORSAKE™, Oakley’s goal was to create the quintessential sunglass for every active woman: universally flattering and perfectly balanced between performance and style.
Kerri has been the top-ranked player each season she has played domestically. In addition to winning Olympic gold with her teammate Misty at the 2004 and 2008 summer games, Kerri was honored as AVP Best Defensive Player in 2008 and Best Offensive Player in 2003. She was named MVP in 2003 and 2004, and earned Team of the Year with partner Misty for six consecutive years. On the international front, Kerri’s awards include FIVB Sportsperson and Best Blocker for each year from 2005 through 2008, and Best Hitter in 2005, 2006 and 2007. She was 2007’s Most Outstanding and Best Offensive Player. Kerri and Misty were FIVB tour champions in 2002 and AVP Crocs Cup Champions in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Together, the two achieved one of the longest winning streaks in professional sports (89 straight matches in AVP).
Established in 1975 and headquartered in Southern California, Oakley is one of the leading sports brands in the world. The holder of more than 600 patents, Oakley is continually seeking problems, solving them with inventions and wrapping those inventions in art. This philosophy has made Oakley one of the most iconic and inimitable brands on the market, with innovations that world-class athletes around the globe depend on to compete at the highest level possible. Oakley is famed for its insuperable lens technologies such as High Definition Optics® (HDO®) which is incorporated into all Oakley sun and prescription eyewear, and goggles. Oakley has extended its leadership position as the world’s leading sports eyewear brand into apparel, footwear and accessories collections. Laser focused on the consumer, Oakley has both men’s and women’s product lines that target Sports Performance, Active and Lifestyle consumers. Oakley is a subsidiary of Luxottica Group (NYSE: LUX; MTA: LUX). Additional information is available at www.oakley.com.