Peachtree Corners, GA – (October 6, 2022) – Mizuno, a global leader in sports apparel and equipment, adds David Smith to their elite roster. David is a seasoned veteran in the world of Volleyball and has the stats to back up his accomplished career as a middle blocker. In light of Mizuno’s recent partnering with USA Volleyball, lasting through 2028, David’s expertise and insight into the game will be a valuable asset in driving the innovation of Mizuno gear in the years to come.
David expressed his eagerness to aid in the process of developing volleyball gear that all volleyball players can enjoy in order to play to their highest capacity; “Mizuno makes me feel quick and light on the court allowing me to play free and trust my reactions. I am excited to provide feedback on the products, especially the shoes, and see how we can make products that help not only me but men’s volleyball players reach their full potential.”
Standing at 6’7”, David is no rookie to competing with the big dogs. He has been a U.S. Men’s National Team member since 2009, although his journey started long before. David started playing volleyball at the age of 14 and progressed exponentially to the point of being recruited and playing NCAA Division I Volleyball for UC Irvine. During his time at UC Irvine, David helped win NCAA National Championship and was named First Team All-American in 2007. He has played professionally overseas and will be playing in Poland this upcoming season.
Clint Sammons, Director of team sports for Mizuno USA, expressed his enthusiasm for welcoming David to the Mizuno roster, “The Mizuno Volleyball family is getting bigger, and we are thrilled to announce a partnership with highly decorated athlete, David Smith. He has already given us valuable insight into growing our product offering and advancing the sport. This will undoubtedly be a fun and impactful two years with David on our team.”
David’s perseverance on and off the court is fueled by one of his favorite motivational quotes: “You are the only one that will stop you from doing what you want to do.” David has used this quote to overcome numerous obstacles throughout his life, such as his mild-to-severe hearing loss, which he has dealt with since birth, and wears hearing aids to assist on and off the court. In addition to Volleyball, David has had an eventful past 12 years as he married his wife Kelli in 2008 and welcomed his two children, Cohen in 2012 and Amelie in 2018, whom he enjoys being active with outdoors.
David will be repping the Mizuno Brand over the next two years as he continues to excel in his career and represent Team USA.
About Mizuno USA:
Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, volleyball, swimming, and tennis equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Peachtree Corners, GA.