Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 30, 2016 – The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games may have finished over a month ago, but the legacy of that spectacular fortnight is being felt across the city with the FIVB leading the way.
Chief among the FIVB’s legacy is the effect on the Cicero Penna School in Copacabana, just a short stroll along Avenida Atlantica from the beach volleyball venue where Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst and Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt won Olympic gold.
The FIVB and Rio’s Department of Education reached an agreement to allow the FIVB to hire the school during Rio 2016 and use it as Volleyball House, a home from home for players, coaches, former athletes, FIVB employees, fellow sports federations and business and sponsorship partners.
During the Games Volleyball House received over 3,000 visitors and won the “Rio 2016 Hospitality House” award.
The school was fully restructured and renovated and now over 600 students at the school are continuing to feel the benefit.
New electrical and plumbing was put in place, along with a new fire prevention system. Classrooms, kitchens and sanitary facilities were upgraded and the whole building was redecorated.
The school's students are also able to use the volleyball courts that were built over the road on the beach and which were a popular draw for former players and spectators during Rio 2016.
The Cicero Penna School was fully restructured by Brazilian marketing agency Samba on behalf of the FIVB.