How We Got Started

NVL RIZE started in 2014 as a junior tournament series. With the growth of NCAA sand volleyball, the game is bigger than ever and we saw a need to grow the game.

CEO Albert “AL-B” Hannemann:

Is a U.S. Olympic Festival Gold Medalist, winner of the prestigious Hermosa Beach Open and a U.S. Open Champion. Hannemann played professional beach volleyball for 18 years and retired in 2010 to found the National Volleyball League (NVL). In 2014, Hannemann established the amateur beach series, NVL RIZE.  The NVL RIZE championships are hosted at the Club Med NVL Volleyball Academy in Sandpiper Bay, Florida every July.  Hannemann invests a tremendous amount of energy coaching at the Academy and promoting the sport to children across the country. In 2012, he founded the PlayFIT Foundation, this 501c3 organization  benefits children from underserved communities with sports and volleyball equipment, health and nutrition seminars and college scholarships with the goal to fight obesity and “Grow the Game.”