Haiti´s Joachim recognized with Mintonette Award
HOLYOKE – The International Volleyball Hall of Fame has
presented the venerable Jacques Joachim from Haiti with the
Mintonette Medallion of Merit Award in recognition of
significant and individual achievement.
The ceremony took place during the annual gala of the Hall of
Fame where five new inductees joined the hallowed halls on
November 18 in
Holyoke, Massachusetts USA, the sport’s birthplace.
The 32nd induction class consisted of male beach player Jose
Loiola of Brazil, male indoor volleyball player Ronald Zwerver
of the Netherlands, female indoor volleyball player Irina
Kirillova Parkhomchuk of Russia, coach Anders Kristiansson of
Sweden, and leader Jizhong Wei of China.
Joachim one of the founders of NORCECA Volleyball Confederation
made the trip to Holyoke, the site where volleyball was invented
with a large group of family and friends.
He received the plaque of recognition from Hall of Famer Douglas
Beal former coach of USA Men’s Volleyball Team who is a co-chair
of the selection committee..
The Mintonette Medallion of Merit Award, created in 1996, is
presented to individuals in recognition of a single significant
record or the accomplishment of single or multiple achievements
in the sport of volleyball.
It recalls the original name that volleyball’s inventor, William
G. Morgan, assigned to the sport when he invented it in 1895.
Joachim is honorary vice president of NORCECA and his
contributions to the development of volleyball throughout the
world has been also recognized by the International Volleyball
The International Volleyball Hall of Fame, incorporated in 1978,
continues to create a diversely representative institution with
inductees of both genders and disciplines – indoor volleyball
and beach volleyball – coming from a wide range of countries
The induction class is elected by a vote of past International
Volleyball Hall of Fame inductees. All told, 135 individuals
representing 23 different countries have been inducted into the
International Volleyball Hall of Fame after this year’s