September 17, 2009
Racine wins 'best host city' award from EVP volleyballers
Clearwater, Gulf Shores, Fort Lauderdale, Naples, Santa Cruz, Virginia Beach - all well known great beach towns.
But, it was Racine that was named best host city for the fourth consecutive year on the EVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour at a ceremony held during the World Championship event this past Saturday at North Beach.
"Player after player came up to me to tell me how much they love Racine" said Dave Blank, president/CEO of the Racine County Convention and Visitor Bureau, the sponsor of the event. "It was pretty awesome."
Ross Balling, Commissioner of the EVP Tour, also named the Racine County Convention and Visitor Bureau "Sponsor of the Year.".
Last weekend's competition saw Team Chicago take home first place for the women and Team Minnesota beat Team Canada for the men's title. The purse of $10,000 was the largest on the tour this year. The event should show up on TV in coming weeks, and also on Racine Cable Access 25.
RCCVB also awarded Dr. Julie Kinzelman its 2009 Friend of Tourism Award during the women's finals match for her work on cleaning up North Beach and helping the city garner the prestigious "Blue Wave" Award for five consecutive years. Racine's beach is only one of two beaches on the Great Lakes that are designated as "Blue Wave Beaches" by the National Clean Beaches Council.
The EVP will return in 2010 on June 19 and Sept. 11. The June event will also include a stop on the Toyota Sea Doo Watercross Series which will bring in over 100 teams from across the country.