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May 18, 2017 5:41:48 PM / by Priya Kapoor posted in OpenSponsorship, ryan jay owens, sports sponsorship, volleyball, athlete of the week, brand ambassador, Brand Endorsements


Our OpenSponsorship athlete of the week goes to Ryan Jay Owens, standout beach volleyball star hailing from Huntington Beach, California! Congrats RJO! Ryan has played for team USA and is a pro indoor and beach volleyballer living between Southern California, USA & Europe (mostly) and playing around the globe since 2002. In 2005, he began a sports agency services mostly pro volleyball athletes globally called Elite Volley Agency, helping professionals find teams worldwide and foreign student-athletes find USA schools.

Ryan is one of the most active athletes on our site checking in daily & applying to all the campaigns he finds interest in. I have to say, his pitches to our brands are impressive and there’s no confusion as to why he’s already closed two deals in the last two weeks. The first deal was with Hint Water, and the second with MaxPreps. Lately, he has started a couple new projects which aims to empower all athletes worldwide but especially student-athletes called Elite Sport Students and the Beyond Athletic Podcast. The podcast has been heard over 30,000 times in over 80 countries. That being said, it was a no-brainer for MaxPreps to go with Ryan for their Athlete of the Month event on May 10th.

MaxPreps posted a campaign on our website with the headline “Are you a current or former professional/college volleyball player who wants to make an impact on a young athlete's life?” These words jumped off the computer screen for Ryan as someone who loves to inspire and empower student athletes. He applied to present the athlete of the month award to a high school volleyball player in Chicago and was accepted virtually overnight as the “perfect fit.” They came to an agreement at $3,000 + all travel expenses covered for him to come out, give a few hours of his time, and present the award to the lucky volleyballer.

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It didn’t end there. Ryan then took the initiative to personally reach out to the recipient of the CBS award via social media.  Check out the picture below, some really cool stuff from a real standup guy.


And that's not all. Ryan enjoyed his time in Chicago so much, he decided to run a skills clinic with of Allison's volleyball team.


“So happy to have been shared an opportunity to work with different brands on by a great friend and former Team USA teammate, Dustin Watten. I get to leverage my social media network for good beyond myself! Beyond the cool products so far, I just got to honor, connect, and mentor a fellow volleyballer at the junior level. Can’t wait for what’s in store for future proposals and offers. Athletes needed what you’ve provided here without a doubt!” -Ryan Jay Owens

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Athlete Interview Series: Bassem Ben Hassouna

Jan 26, 2016 5:11:34 PM / by Jaime Zavala posted in interviews, Quebec City, sponsorship, sports, sports sponsorship, Uncategorized, volleyball, athlete interviews, athletes, beach volleyball, brand ambassador, Canada

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Beach volleyball is one of the most popular sports in the world. During warm weather, games of beach volleyball take place in beaches all over the globe. Its also one of the Olympics most watched sporting events. One of our recent signings was Bassem Ben Hassouna. Bass is a professional beach volleyball player from Quebec City, Canada. We interviewed Bass as part of our Athlete Interview Series. Read on to find out more about Bass - an upcoming beach volleyball player.

What got you started with Beach Volleyball?

In the summer of 2011, after retiring from my indoor volleyball career, I competed in a local beach volleyball tournament in Quebec City with an experienced beach volleyball player. While we didn't win the tournament we made it to the finals. After competing in the tournament I had a feeling that I wasn't done with my athletic career so decided to take this sport seriously.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career thus far?

2ndplace in the American League as well as 2nd place in the ProBeach Quebec.

What are some factors that have led to your success?

Hard work and commitment, staying positive during the hard times, craving for knowledge and putting it in action. Disciplined work inside the court, the weight room, and finally a continuous mental toughness development program.

What does your game day routine consist of?

I wake up early, shower, have an omelet with as much eggs as I can handle. Prepare my food and refreshers for the day. Then I head to the beach about an hour earlier than the competition time. Once I'm there I take my time to warm up and get ready while listening to my game time music playlist.

If you weren't an athlete, what career path would you have chosen?

Entrepreneurship and Business Management hands down. I would create a business that focuses on one of my passions in life.

Favorite sport besides Beach Volleyball?

It’s a tough one - Tennis or Basketball

Favorite athlete?

Muhammad Ali

What are your other interests outside of sports?

Entrepreneurship, all genres of dancing, music, and cooking.

Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?

Here is a couple of them:

I eat 6 to 9 eggs for breakfast every day.

I have sand everywhere I go, shoes, bags, clothes, and the shower.  My profession requires an extra cleaning effort on my part. i  don’t want people thinking that I'm  not a clean person. [laughs]

I speak more than 3 languages and I love picking up new accents.

What are your current goals?

I want to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and win a podium.

What advice would you give an aspiring Beach Volleyball athlete?

You don’t have to be the best to start. Just follow your passion and believe in yourself. Look up to an idol that has done what you’re dreaming of and follow the steps they took to be successful. Finally, find the reason why you want to follow your dream and nothing will ever stop you!


A big thank you goes to Bass for taking his time to answer our questions. Do you want Bass to become a brand ambassador for your brand? You can sponsor him via OpenSponsorship. You can sign up for free and once you do you'll join the over 1500 athletes and over 650 brands that use our platform.. Want to be featured on our blog, sign up for free and let us know!

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