Former NBA player Chase Budinger, alongside his partner Miles Evans, clinches a coveted spot in the Paris Olympics for beach volleyball, marking a remarkable achievement in their sporting careers.

Budinger and Evans’ journey to Olympic qualification has been marked by perseverance and determination, with seven top-five finishes in nine events this year contributing to their success on the international stage. Their late surge in qualifying propelled them past fellow Americans Theo Brunner and Trevor Crabb in the rankings, securing their place in the prestigious event.

For Budinger, the transition from basketball to beach volleyball represents a return to his roots, as volleyball was his first love growing up in Encinitas, Calif. Despite excelling in both sports during his high school years, he ultimately pursued a career in basketball, enjoying stints in the NBA before exploring a new path in beach volleyball.

Having represented the Houston Rockets and other NBA teams during his professional basketball career, Budinger’s decision to transition to beach volleyball was driven by his passion for the sport and a desire to continue competing at the highest level. Now, alongside Evans, he prepares to showcase his skills on the Olympic stage, aiming to make a mark and potentially clinch a medal in Paris.

As they embark on this next chapter of their sporting journey, Budinger and Evans stand as testaments to the power of perseverance and dedication in pursuit of one’s dreams. Their qualification for the Paris Olympics is not only a testament to their talent but also a source of inspiration for aspiring athletes around the world.