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ION Outdoors Wire: Igloo Grows Its Parks Project Partnership

Igloo continues partnership with Parks Project through the release of a brand-new Playmate cooler made with post-consumer recycled plastic, part of Igloo’s ECOCOOL® collection of coolers. The special-edition Parks Project Mushrooms ECOCOOL Playmate Elite cooler — which joins a previously released Parks Project ECOCOOL Playmate is available now at and REI stores.

“Our gratitude runs deep for our continued partnership with Parks Project,” said Brian Garofalow, Chief Marketing Officer at Igloo. “National Park adventures and Playmate coolers already go hand in hand, so it only gets better when that cooler is made with recycled materials and supports Parks Project’s mission to preserve the parks we love and leave it better than we found it. The next generation of Park Champions will really dig the new mushrooms design too!”

Igloo and Parks Project created the new ECOCOOL Playmate cooler with custom mushroom graphics that depict a variety of flora and fauna found in the national parks around the country. Notably, this special-edition Playmate is made with a post-consumer recycled resin compound that repurposes discarded plastic yogurt cups and milk jugs that would otherwise end up in landfills. In 2022, Parks Project will contribute $100,000 to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) to support their work to preserve and protect parklands.

The special-edition Parks Project ECOCOOL Playmate Elite cooler collection (with a 16-quart capacity fitting up to 30 12-ounce cans) is available for $54.99 each, while supplies last.

Born from a modest metalworking shop back in 1947, Igloo has been instrumental in redefining how we live, work and play. What began with bringing clean water to the worksite quickly moved into super-functional, best-in-class ice chests. Igloo products made the family outdoor recreation movement of the 20th century possible. Suddenly, taking your kids camping on the weekend became easy and cross-country road trips became a summer vacation staple.

As we approach our next century, Igloo is 1,200 employees strong. We are proud to call—a 1.8-million-square-foot, three-building facility in—Katy, Texas home. With more than 500 products sold at thousands of retailers around the globe, we can confidently call ourselves the number one cooler manufacturer in the world.

And through it all we haven’t lost sight of our original goal—to create products that enable the pursuit of happiness (however you define it). That’s why we’re still working hard every day to innovate, create and make it easier for you to get out, work hard and play even harder.

About Parks Project

Parks Project is in business to save parks, appreciating all that parks offer under threat of extinction. Parks Project aims to use its resources business, investments, voice, and imaginations—to do something about it. Parks Project has collaborated with over 40 parks and conservancies, designing collections that inspire conservation projects in national, state, and local parks. To date, Parks Project has contributed over $2,500,000 and more than 5500 volunteer work hours back to parklands. Parks Project is available in over 100 retailers around the country, including major outdoor retailer REI. Shop and learn more at

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ION SportsWire: Forty three named to USA Beach Volleyball Collegiate Team

ION COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. (July 14, 2020) – Twenty-nine women and 14 men have been named to the 2020 U.S. Beach Collegiate National Team.

The athletes represent a total of 30 colleges and universities from around the country.

Players were nominated to the team by their coaches and selected based on their collegiate rankings.

Training plans for the team are on hold while the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The head coach for the women’s team is 1996 Olympian and longtime beach volleyball high performance coach Barbra Fontana. She will be assisted by Hector Gutierrez, head coach of Texas Christian beach volleyball and Russell Brock, head coach of Louisiana State beach volleyball.

Head coach of the men’s teams is John Mayer, former U.S. National Team member and Loyola Marymount beach volleyball head coach. He will be assisted by two-time Olympian and 2008 gold medalist Riley Salmon, head men’s volleyball coach at the University of Jamestown.


Name (Height, College, Hometown)
Kelli Agnew (5-9, Louisiana State, Glendale, Ariz.)
Bella Bauman (6-0, Grand Canyon, Wheaton, Ill.)
Brooke Buchner (5-11, Cal, La Jolla, Calif.)
Payton Caffrey (6-0, Florida State, Chuluota, Fla.)
Alaina Chacon (5-9, Florida State, Crown Point, Ind.)
Claire Coppola – left in photo (6-1, Louisiana State, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Teagan Defalco (5-8, Grand Canyon, Long Beach, Calif.)
Kyla Doig (6-0, Southern California, Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Hunter Domanski (5-10, Louisiana State, New Braunfels, Texas)
Charlie Ekstrom (6-1, Stanford, San Diego, Calif.)
Kylie Grandy (5-10, Southern Miss., Rolesville, N.C.) 
Haley Hallgren (6-1, Southern California, Southlake, Texas)
Hailey Harward (5-9, Southern California, Phoenix, Ariz.)
Taryn Kloth (6-4, Louisiana State, Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Iya Lindahl (5-8, Cal, San Diego, Calif.)
Lexi Mcleod (6-1, Cal State Northridge, Bakersfield, Calif.)
Mima Mirkovic (5-11, Cal, Irvine, Calif.)
Mari Molina (5-6, Long Beach State, Corte Madera, Calif.)
Sydney Moore (5-6, Louisiana State, Pickering, Ohio)
Audrey Nourse (5-11, Southern California, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Nicole Nourse (5-11, Southern California, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Kristen  Nuss – right in photo (5-6, Louisiana State, New Orleans, La.)
Carly Perales (5-9, Stetson, Round Rock, Texas)
Jordan Polo (5-11, Cal, Danville, Calif.)
Sara Putt (5-11, Florida State, Jupiter, Fla.)
Jacqueline Quade (6-2, UCLA, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope (5-11, Louisiana State, Dallas, Texas)
Savvy Simo (5-10, UCLA, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
Lindsey Sparks (5-8, UCLA, Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Tyler Spriggs (6-1, Long Beach State, Los Angeles)
Jasmin Suarez (5-7, St. Mary’s College of California, Corona, Calif.)
Torrey Van Winden (6-3, Cal Poly SLO, Napa, Calif.)
Abby Van Winkle (6-2, UCLA, San Clemente, Calif.)
Sunny Villapando (5-9, Stanford, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Liz Waters-Leiga (5-11, Florida State, San Leandro, Calif.)
Maria Whalen (6-1, Cal Poly SLO, Wausau, Wis.)

Head Coach: Barbra Fontana
Assistant Coach: Hector Gutierrez
Assistant Coach: Russell Brock


Name (Height, College , Hometown)
Jonny Bowles (6-7, UC Irvine, Chandler, Ariz.)
Timothy Brewster (6-1, UCLA, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Inaki Bustamante (6-5, Lewis Univ., Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Caylor Cox (5-10, Univ. of Jamestown, Helena, Mont.)
Will Eiken (6-9, Lincoln Memorial Univ., Dayton, Ohio)
Johnny Ferraro (6-3, Saint Francis, New City, N.Y.)
Matt Gentry (6-7, Lincoln Memorial Univ., Bowling Green, Ky.)    
Sammy Gibson (6-0, University of Tampa, Long Beach, N.Y.)
Mihajlo Gomez (6-5, Loras College, Gurnee, Ill.)
Carlos Jiminez (6-0, Lewis Univ., Miami Beach, Fla.)
Logan Kerley (6-3, Lincoln Memorial Univ., Penn Valley, Calif.)
Chris Ludwig (6-2, Webber Univ., Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Jorge Pando (6-0, Rockford Univ., San Juan, Puerto Rico) 
Vaughn Ramsey (6-6, Vassar, Greenwood Village, Colo.)
Charlie Siragusa (6-8, UC San Diego, Rochester, N.Y.)
Dawson Walker (6-6, Lincoln Memorial Univ., Englewood, Ohio)

Head Coach: John Mayer 
Assistant Coach: Riley Salmon