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Rosemont hosting pro beach volleyball event in July

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Some of the top volleyball players in the country will come to the Northwest suburbs this summer when the MB Financial Park at Rosemont hosts the EVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour.

The EVP Rocks Rosemont 2014 will kick off July 10 with amateur matches in several sports, including sand volleyball, beach tennis, rugby and sand soccer.

Professional men's and women's beach volleyball teams from across the nation will arrive to compete for the chance to win a large cash prize Friday, July 18 and for the championship title Saturday, July 19.

About 300 tons of white silica sand will be delivered to the Park to create the massive sports beach for the tour.

"The EVP Tour has been traveling the United States for 20 years and we are so excited to come to MB Financial Park in Rosemont for the first time," EVP Tour Commissioner Ross Balling said in a news release. "The village has opened their arms to our staff, athletes and fans to make this event special. I am excited to have 32 pro teams representing 20 states compete this summer. This will be a major event for our staff and the beach sports fans across the U.S."

Spectators of all ages are invited to watch the volleyball matches free and participate in activities including meet-and-greets with professional players and interactive games with chances to win prizes.

This championship event will be filmed for broadcast on several television networks including Comcast, Attitude, Time Warner and MAVTV.

Leading up to the professional beach volleyball tournament, MB Financial Park and EVP Beach Volleyball Tour will also host other levels of competition in which the public can register their teams. Amateur divisions include boys and girls ages 12-18, who have the chance to win awards for event participation. Beach tennis, sand soccer and beach rugby tournaments also will be available at the Park starting July 10, with the finals for each sport taking place July 19.

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