Volleyball fans often wonder what happens to their favorite players when they stop competing. Some become sports broadcasters, others coaches, and some drop off the radar entirely, deciding to pursue their post-athletics life out of the spotlight. Others still, like former Cal State Northridge All-American outside hitter and overseas pro Isaac Kneubuhl, enter the business world.
In graduate school, Kneubuhl befriended a classmate named Sudhir Paladugu. With Paladugu’s background in material sciences and Kneubuhl’s interest and experience in athletics, they were inspired to create a performance clothing line. Grunard, as they christened their brainchild after “garuda” a large mythical bird in Hindu mythology, features luxury performance apparel made from New Zealand merino wool.
Used frequently in high end athletic and performance clothing, merino wool regulates body temperature and wicks moisture. Also important to Kneubuhl and Paladugu was that their products come from a sustainable and completely natural resource. Using merino wool, they feel good about the product they provide their customers and the mark they’ll leave on the environment.
The duo recently launched a Kickstarter campaign, hoping to raise enough funds to cover the costs of initial production. Since the volleyball community is abuzz with support and good feeling after the successful Vol-B-Que and subsequent smashing of Russia, we figured now would the perfect time to remind you to continuing supporting your volleyball athletes, even after they finish their playing careers.