HOLYOKE, Mass. — The induction weekend tipped off Friday night with a reception at which the five honorees were introduced and given proclamations and the like from local and state politicians.
It was quite a gathering of volleyball Who’s Who. The inductees came from all over. We will have complete coverage of the Saturday-night induction ceremonies here on Sunday.
The 31st induction class has Nikola Grbic in from Serbia as he joins his brother in the IVHOF, five-time USA Olympian Danielle Scott Arruda here from Baton Rouge, Misty May-Treanor flying in from Long Beach where she was an indoor star before becoming the greatest beach player ever, Brazilian beach star Emanuel Rego visiting from Brazil, and coach Man-Bok Park of South Korea here from his home in Peru.
The International Volleyball Hall of Fame is located here where the sport was invented and the city of Holyoke takes great pride in that. No place is it more evident than the patch adorning the uniforms of the city’s police force. This photo is from the uniform of chief James Nieswanger. Note how the volleyball is part of the city log:
Saturday’s functions include a luncheon at which the inductees will get rings and plaques and then Saturday night is the induction dinner and ceremony.
For your viewing pleasure, a couple of photos from Friday: