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Mizuno USA Signs USA Volleyball Player Ryan Millar

Date: 12/18/08

Norcross, GA (December 18, 2008) - Mizuno USA announced today that the company has signed an endorsement deal with professional volleyball player Ryan Millar. Millar is a starting Middle Blocker for the United States Men's National Team, which recently won the Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  

Millar played in college at Brigham Young University where he was a three-time First Team All-American. In 1999, during his senior year at BYU, Millar finished the season as Volleyball Magazine's NCAA Player of the Year, and led his team to their first NCAA title in school history. Beijing marked Millar's third appearance in the Olympic Games. He competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games at age 22, and was the youngest player on the U.S. Men's National Team. At the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Millar helped Team USA to a fourth place overall finish and ranked fourth on the squad in scoring with 70 points. As the team’s second-highest leading scorer in 2007, Millar was named USA Volleyball's Male Indoor Player of the Year and led the squad to Gold Medals in both the America’s Cup and the NORCECA Continental Championship.  

Millar served as interim head coach to the BYU Men’s Volleyball Team during the 2007 season, leading the team to a 23-6 overall record. Millar currently owns and operates "The Next Level Volleyball Camps", which host volleyball clinics throughout the United States. These camps provide Millar the opportunity to coach young athletes, a career he plans to enter full time following his playing days. He is in his ninth season of professional volleyball and currently plays in The Turkish Volleyball League for Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi in Istanbul, Turkey.  

In addition to supporting professional talent like Millar, Mizuno’s support of national teams extends far beyond Olympic competition all the way to the junior ranks. Mizuno remains dedicated to developing new technologies like Ice Touch™ body cooling technology in apparel, and award winning Mizuno Wave® technology in footwear, which enhances performance and helps players of all ages perform at their very best.  

Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.

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