The IVL started in 1979 and incorporated in 1985. The president and owner of IVL, Inc. is Kirk Anderson. Kirk has been involved in volleyball programs for over 30 years. He coached the varsity volleyball team at Menlo-Atherton High School for 15 years and taught beginning, intermediate and advanced volleyball classes for the Menlo Park Recreation Department for 19 years. Kirk served on the board of the Northern California Volleyball Association and was newsletter editor for 2 years and Men's AA Tournament Director for 5 years.
Kirk has played at the U.S. National Championships 25 times. 9 times in the Open and 16 times in the Age Group Division. The team he now plays with, Kings Mountain Fog, has won numerous medals in the 45's, 50's, 55's and now 60's divisions. At the Detroit Nationals in 2015, the Fog 55's won the Silver Medal (losing in a double finals) while the Fog 60's won the Gold Medal for the 5th consecutive year. The 60's defeated a true international field on the final day of the tournament beating Canada, Finland and Brazil (twice).
A recap of the past number of years for the Fog teams:
2005 was truly the Year of the Fog as they won the Gold Medal in the 50's at the Nationals in Denver and also the Gold Medal in the 50's at the Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah. In addition, the Fog won the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada defeating Finland, Germany, Croatia, Poland, Russia and many of the top countries in the world. At past U.S. National Championships, the Fog 50's also won Gold in 2004, Silver in 2002 and 2006 and Bronze in 2007 and 2008.
The Fog 45's won Silver in 2001, Gold in 2002, 2003, 2004 and Bronze in 2005.
The Fog 55's, who Kirk joined in 2007, won the Gold in 2007 and the Silver in 2008, meeting the Brazilians in the finals both years. In addition, the Fog 55's won the Gold at the 2008 Huntsman Games. In 2009, the Fogs 50's and 55's both won Gold Medals at the Nationals in Minneapolis. The Fog 55's added a Gold Medal at the 2009 National Senior Games at Stanford. The Ukraine defeated the Fog in the finals of the 2009 World Championships in Australia. At the 2010 Nationals in Phoenix, the Fog 55's lost to Canada 15-12 in the third game in the finals. The Fog 55's won the Gold Medal at the 2010 Huntsman Games. At the 2011 Nationals in Dallas, the Fog 55's won the Gold Medal, defeating Canada (featuring 3 former Olympians) in the finals. In 2011 at the Huntsman Games, the Fog 55's won the Gold Medal. In 2012 at the Nationals in Salt Lake City, the Fog 55's won the Gold Medal, defeating Venezuela in the finals. In 2012 at the Nationals, the Fog 60's, who Kirk joined that year, won the Gold Medal, defeating John Stanley's Legends team in the finals. At the Huntsman Games in 2012, The Fog 55's went undefeated in winning the Gold Medal. The Fog 60's also won the Gold Medal, defeating Brazil in the finals. At the 2013 Nationals in Louisville, the Fog 55's won the Silver Medal and the Fog 60's won the Gold Medal. At the 2013 Huntsman Games, the Fog 60's went undefeated, winning the Gold and the Fog 55s won the Silver. It was a Gold Medal for both the 55's and 60's at the Phoenix Nationals in 2014.
In a move that brought the Brazilians and members of the Fog together, Kirk gave his Gold Medal in 2007 to the captain of the Brazilian team to give to the widow of one of their players, Amilcar, who had recently passed away. They displayed that Gold Medal, along with Almicar's uniform, in their team photo as the Silver Medal winning team.
For two years, Kirk was the color commentator on the Comcast Television Sports Channel doing women's collegiate volleyball matches featuring Stanford, Cal, USC and UCLA. Mid-Peninsula and North Peninsula residents for a number of years could see Kirk on Palo Alto's AT&T Cable Channel 6 and on Peninsula TV Channel 26 as the television play by play announcer for the Stanford Men's and Women's Volleyball teams. This locally produced show, Stanford Sports Action, won the national Cable ACE (Award in Cable Excellence) in its category as the best sports show in the country. The award was presented by Chris Berman and Joe Theisman. Kirk also did the TV play by play for the USA versus Canada men's volleyball match at the Global Cup in Utah in 2008.
Kirk is personally and professionally dedicated to serving individuals and the community through the sport of volleyball. Through his programs, classes and individual efforts, Kirk is responsible for introducing thousands of people to the world of volleyball. Kirk organized the first charitable volleyball events in the Bay Area, including a San Francisco 49er exhibition and a summer outdoor volleyball tournament. These events have been widely replicated over the years. Kirk and the IVL has sponsored local volleyball teams and supported many charities, including the Friends For Youth mentoring program and Wipeout Cancer, along with contributing to local schools and youth sports teams. The IVL, in honor of one of the great ambassadors of the sport of volleyball, established the Tom Jack Award. Given to someone who made volleyball a little more fun for us all this past year. Congratulations to Ken Yip, the 2015 Winner. And Smitha Kumar, the 2016 Winner.
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