Washington, D.C., September 7, 2015—The 2016 ICSD World Deaf Volleyball Championship will be held July 6 to 15, 2016 in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. This tournament for men and women will be hosted by USA Deaf Volleyball, a sport committee of the USA Deaf Sports Federation. It is widely viewed as a tuneup for the 23rd Deaflympics, which will be held July 18-30, 2017 in Samsun, Turkey.
Le Comité International des Sports des Sourds (International Committee of Sports for the Deaf or ICSD) announced their selection of the tournament site in late July 2015. This is the third world championship; the first was held in 2008 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the second in 2012 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The world championship will be held on the campus of Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts university for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Matches will take place in the Gallaudet University Field House. All athletes, coaches, and team staff will be housed in Gallaudet residence halls. USA Deaf Volleyball, the meet organizer, is assembling a multidisciplinary corps of staff and volunteers to ensure the enjoyment, comfort, and safety of all participating nations, and of the thousands of spectators expected to attend the event.
The men’s and women’s matches will be live-streamed via the Internet. There will also be an active social media presence, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube feeds.
For more information about the 2016 ICSD World Deaf Volleyball Championship, visit www.2016volleyball.org/wc. If you need more information, go to this contact page, www.2016volleyball.org/wc/contact. Potential sponsors should contact Patrick O’Brien at 2016wcCoordinator@gmail.com, and interested volunteers should visit www.2016volleyball.org/wc/fans/volunteers.