Article courtesy to The Mercury News
Walsh Jennings, the Santa Clara product who excelled at Stanford before winning four Olympic beach volleyball medals (three of them gold), certainly has a love for the game. If you’ve watched her compete you know she is tireless. And she is demonstrably passionate.
She calls the enterprise, co-founded with husband Casey Jennings, p1440 (“p” for platform, and “1440” for the number of minutes in a day, all of which all should be lived to the utmost).
Four 2018 dates are on the schedule, including Chicago, San Diego and Huntington Beach. She promises a holistic experience where attendees can receive Pilates and yoga lessons. Wearable technology will generate athlete stats.
In an interview with fastwalking.com, she described her venture as “part Wanderlust, part Coachella, part volleyball.”
She envisions not just tournaments, but festivals with live music, an experience funded by monthly fees paid by athletes and corporate sponsorships. If it works the way she thinks it will volleyball athletes won’t have to wait until the end of the four-year Olympic cycle for a chance to cash in.
Her hope is to have four million subscribers by the end of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in which Walsh Jennings, 39, plans to compete.
“I want to win every event,” she told fastcompany.com. “I plan on winning a lot.”
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