Boren is a volleyball godfather at Zephyr Cove Resort |

Boren is a volleyball godfather at Zephyr Cove Resort

He can be called the godfather of beach volleyball at Zephyr Cove.

Jerry Boren has been involved with the scene since the very beginning in the late 70s.

Before there was a professional volleyball tour, Boren was leading the way. He was one of the original leaders in making volleyball a professional sport locally.

“Originally, there was no pro volleyball tournaments,” Boren said. “Until we started sponsoring some of them.”

Boren was among the first people to create a sandpit for volleyball at the resort at Zephyr Cove. Then he was doing it just for fun; now he has another reason for keeping the scene alive – his son, Ben.

“My son’s 15 now, and he’s a pretty good player,” Boren said. “I wanted to keep it alive in case he wanted to carry it on.”

Boren used the make some money playing on the beach in the late 70s and saw the potential for the sport. Now, some 25 years later, he is trying to take the tournaments at Zephyr Cove to bigger level with more professional tour players making regular stops at the resort.

“The venue is beautiful. I’d put it up against anywhere else in the world,” Boren said. “It’s a matter of marketing right now.”

Boren does a lot more than just provide knowledge for the tournaments, he also provides monetary backing.

“He’s the whole thing,” Cal-King tournament director Phil Orr said. “To get the pro guys to come up here, you need money and that’s what he provides.”

Marketing is the next thing Boren wants to change. With the lake as a perfect backdrop to the sandy shores of the resort, Boren feels with the right sponsorship, Zephyr Cove can be one of the premier locations for beach volleyball.

“Next year, we’re really going to start cranking the marketing and bringing some major sponsors,” Boren said. “We’re going to get Hawaii Tropics out here and other major sponsors. Eventually this will be a major tournament. It will be the big deal within three years.”

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