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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Inaugural Whitty Tribute Raffle 2009

The Inaugural Whitty Tribute Raffle 2009 is about to begin! This is my personal tribute to a great man and friend, Mike Whitmarsh (aka "Whitty"). Whitty was well loved by his family, friends and former competitors on the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP Tour).

Beach volleyball is very much a family oriented sport where fans can interact with their favorite players. In February 2009, our sport lost an icon, Whitty.

I have been a fan of the sport of beach volleyball since 1989.

During the San Diego event in 1993, I unknowingly sat next to Grandma Whitmarsh. She heard me cheering for Mike and struck up a conversation. A friendship was born. My frienship with Grandma Whitmarsh enabled me to get my fan letter from Whitty (This was after he won the silver medal at the inaugural beach vollyball Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996).

Mike's career highlights include 28 victories, the above mentioned silver medal, numerous accolades while playing on the AVP Tour and winning over $1.6 million dollars in prize money. Prior to playing volleyball, Mike successfuly played basketball in the NBA and college (University of San Diego).

I choose to celebrate his life and legacy with the Inaugural Whitty Tribute Raffle 2009. I am raffling various items to benefit:

1) the Jaden and Kendall Whitmarsh college fund

2) to send future beach volleyball players to Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos' beach volleyball camp.

My goals:

1) For Jaden and Kendall to know what kind of impact their father had on his fans

2) to raise money for the above mentioned causes

3) to inspire people as many people as possible to become involved in our cause

Raffle tickets costs $5.

Please feel free to e-mail me at if you would like to donate an item or would like to purchase a raffle ticket.

**Please note that you will be financially responsible for the shipping of the prizes if you live in Canada or in Europe.

Jocelyn Chu

I have items from various sporting events that I have won items in or have purchased.

At this time, I would like to thank the following people, athletes and companies:

Lori Okimura,

Dave Williams, AVP Tour (

Diane Pernicone, WOW Products, Inc. (

Erica Yary, Active Ride Shops (

Lisa Hoyle, X-Games Marketing Manager

Tony Hawk

Shaun White

Terje Haakonsen

Mads Johnson

Nicholas Muller

Keir Dillon

Danny Davis

Gigi Ruf

Kevin Pearce

Mason Aguirre

Kelly Clark

Hannah Teter

Ryan Sheckler

Paul Rodriguez and the rest of the Nike SB team

Bruce Irons

Austen Seaholm

Rob Machado

Phil Dalhausser

Randy Stoklos

Sinjin Smith

Holly McPeak

Misty May-Treanor

Angie Akers

Hans Stolfus


Vestal watches

Burton Snowboards




Electric sunglasses

Von Zipper

Factor 54



and more!

1 comment:

Unca Nick said...

Deeply saddened by this terrible loss ;We will all miss you Mike "Whitty" Whitmarsh.

It is with great sadness that we heard the recent news just now on Wednesday, Feb.18th 2009 of the passing of
Mike "Whitty" Whitmarsh. He was one of the kindest,warmest genuinely great individuals I'd ever had the pleasure
of meeting. Quite frankly I was always in awe of his presence both on and off the sand. What a tremendous athlete
he was and such a great sportsman and gentleman with no ego whatsoever. As a small part of the AVP extended family,
Aunt Suzi and I are deeply saddened by this terrible loss as we know all of the AVP and the beach volleyball community are. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers. We just wanted to express our sincere condolences to his family and friends as we mourn the loss of this wonderful human being.

All our Love & with great respect,

Ian's Aunt Suzi & Unca Nick
Please Contribute to The Inaugural Whitty Raffle
Every $5 donated will get you a raffle ticket to win prizes from various athletes and companies. The money will be donated to Jaden and Kendall Whitmarsh's college fund and to send children to beach volleyball camp. Thank you!