Athletic Ambassadors

Chaim Schalk

Chaim Schalk grew up in Red Deer, Canada. He has 4 highly competitive brothers who taught him how to fight and work hard for everything (including food at the dinner table). Chaim’s father built him and his brothers a beach volleyball court in their backyard, which he believes to be one of the biggest factors in him making a career of the sport. In 2009, Chaim made the Canadian Beach National Team and has competed on the FIVB World Tour since 2010. Over a period of 5 years, Chaim captured 5 FIVB medals, a 9th place at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, and accumulated over 30 top 10 finishes on the FIVB World Tour. Chaim has established himself as a top player on the AVP tour and is now representing Team USA internationally. He and Theo are currently ranked within the top 10 teams worldwide as they set their goal for 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Theo Brunner

Theodore Brunner grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut as the third of four children. As the son of an avid local volleyball player, Theo cut his teeth playing against adults in the small but tight-knit Connecticut volleyball community. He attended college at UC Santa Barbara to play indoor volleyball where he went from being a walk on in 2003 to team captain and first team All-American in 2007. Theo spent four years playing in the Greek and Italian A1 professional leagues before switching to beach volleyball in 2013. Over the course of his 9 years on his beach, Theo has won 4 AVP tournaments and finished in the top 5 33 times. On the International tour, Theo has medaled 8 different times and finished in the top 4 in the 2015 and 2022 World Championships. He is currently ranked in the top ten internationally and aspires to play in his first Olympics in 2024. Theo is married and the father of two daughters Isidora and Nephelie.

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