HOLYOKE, Mass (WWLP) – This weekend, the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke enshrined the class of 2015.
This weekend, superstar volleyball players gathered in Holyoke for the International Volleyball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony. “We have four inductees. One from the U.S three from Brazil. Just hear to celebrate with us for our 30th induction class,” said Executive Director George Mulry of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame.
U.S volleyball player and Olympic gold medalist Lloy Ball, who could easily be mistaken for a basketball player because of his 6’8 stature, told 22News. “After four Olympics and capping it off in Beijing with team U.S. and winning a gold medal, a 16-year professional career, being honored this way in a very elite list of volleyball players throughout the history of time, is a great blessing for me and my family.”
The three other inductees were Renan Dal Zotto, Helia Souza, and Coach Paulo Roberto “Bebeto” de Freitas, who won a silver medal and led Italy to five World Championship titles. De Freitas told 22News there’s a responsibility he now holds by being inducted. “Together with all my idols. All the players I use to play against. Coaches who developed me as a coach. It’s a new emotion.”
Executive Director George Mulry told 22News this event was a perfect way for the city of Holyoke to show hometown pride.
Fan Heather Belden told 22News she came all the way from Orlando, Florida to attend the event. “It’s so exciting. We’ve been interacting with them the whole weekend. It’s so inspiring to hear their stories.”
Fans got to ask the players questions, and each athlete was presented with their Hall of Fame rings. A plaque of each of them will forever hang inside the Hall of Fame.
Fans, family and friends who weren’t able to come to Holyoke were able to watch a live stream of the ceremony online.
The Hall of Fame is made up of 125 athletes, representing 21 different countries.