World ParaVolley Board member and ParaVolley Pan America President Joe Campbell has been voted unanimously on to the board of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame (IVHF).
The IVHF Board voted on Monday at a special Induction Meeting and was “very excited” to welcome Campbell as its first international member for a three-year term expiring 2021.
“The IVHF Board sincerely looks forward to working with you to finalize a list of Paralympic athletes, coaches, and administrators for future induction into the IVHF,” IVHF President Steve Bishop said in a personal letter to Campbell.
“Joe’s appointment to the IVHF Board is recognition of ParaVolley’s growing status in the world of volleyball and the part it has played to allow people all around the world to play volleyball, in all its forms, no matter their age or ability,” World ParaVolley President Barry Couzner OAM said.
Campbell began his volleyball career while living in Misawa, Japan in 1979. Over his career, he played for 12 years, coached for 16 years and has refereed for 35 years.
He was the first referee in the US and Pan America zone to become involved with sitting volleyball (1989). He was the referee chairman for the Pan Am Zone for 18 years and became the zone president in 2012.
The International Volleyball Hall of Fame opened to the public on June 6, 1987 with the mission to preserve the history of volleyball in its birthplace of Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA by honouring, promoting and sharing its story with the world.
A total of 130 men and women from 22 countries around the world have since been inducted.
The next IVHF Induction Ceremony will take place in Holyoke, USA on 8-10 November, 2018.