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July 19, 2014

LCPL JANOS V LUTZ LIVE TO TELL FOUNDATION

MRF is proud to partner with the LCpl Janos V Lutz Live to Tell Foundation whose mission is helping veterans and wounded warriors suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the negative affects from combat. Their mission is to raise awareness about military Post-Traumatic Stress & reduce resulting veteran suicide by promoting Post-Traumatic Growth through Buddy Up Combat Outposts (COPs) providing community based services and support.

July 19, 2014

WON'T YOU HELP A WARRIOR/VETERAN

If you would like to sponsor a Veteran or Wounded Warrior, please see the flyer for details.

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July 8, 2014

MRF ANNOUNCES FLORIDA STATE DIRECTOR:
MR. JOE CONIGLIO

JOE CONIGLIO

MRF welcomes our State Director - Florida, Mr. Joe Coniglio who will assist with gaining momentum in growing the sport of racquetball and introducing Veterans and Wounded Warriors to our Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics. Joe will be coordinating and starting clinics in North Miami at the Snyder Tennis Center, where veterans will learn the basic of racquetball. They will use these techniques to help them cope with the issues they face from combat.

Welcome aboard - Joe!

Joe Coniglio, began playing outdoor racquetball at North Miami Beach Tennis Center in 1984, and has been playing ever since! He also plays at LA fitness in Coral Springs Florida, Windmill Park Coconut Creek and other clubs and parks in the Broward County area.

He is a sponsored player for E-FORCE, and has competed in many tournaments in South Florida and heavily involved in growing our sport.

He became involved with MRF through LCDR Steven Harper. He said that, "I wanted to do my part in supporting our Veterans who have given so much of themselves for our freedom. They sacrificed for us let's be there for them in their time of need. I am very eager and excited to be part of this great organization."

For more information how to reach Joe in the Florida area, please contact him at: xjjc1@yahoo.com

July 6, 2014

"CHRISTMAS IN JULY"
FORT HUACHUCA MRF TOURNAMENT

Open to: All Military personnel & DOD I.D. Cardholders

Barnes Field House
Fort Huachuca, AZ
11-13 July 2014

Divisions: Open, A / B, C / D
Pool-Play - 2 games to 15 (points matter!)
Playoffs - 1 game to 15 single elimination

[ info and entry form ]

R2 link: http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=12736

July 2, 2014

THE MRF GOES TO N. MIAMI TO HOST AN OUTDOOR RACQUETBALL DEMONSTRATION FOR VETERANS OF THE MIAMI VA MEDICAL CENTER

Home Depot Support

July 1, 2014. The Military Racquetball Federation teamed with W.O.R. (World Outdoor Racquetball) of the Sunshine State (Florida) and the Miami VA Medical Center to host another outdoor racquetball rehabilitation demonstration for Veterans and Wounded Warriors at the Arthur Snyder Tennis Park in N. Miami, FL on June 20th, 2014. Special thanks to Joe Congilio in months of preparation to work with the VA to set a date to make this event possible. Joe coordinated volunteers and got approval from the city of North Miami to impact 11 veterans and VA staff members to showcase a new form of adaptive racquetball. This demo will lead to starting an 8-week clinic for veterans in the local area. In addition, he has been advocating this rehabilitative program to organizations with the same cause. He was able to establish partnerships with the Pompano Beach Vet Center and LCPLutzlivetotell.org to have more veterans and wounded warriors to participate in our racquetball clinics.

Thank you so much for the awesome folks that volunteered at this event: Rob Mijares (W.O.R. – President of FL.), Belinda Dettman, Luanne Pazos, Bryant Justin Cooklin, Harvey GrillMaster Bernstein, Pedro Curbelo and Danny! Their hard work paid off and will continue to help our veterans cope with their daily struggles! These clinics are changing lives of our veterans through our Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics (RRC) and many more will be popping up nation-wide.

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[ Facebook interview #1 ]
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RRC

June 8, 2014

MRF ANNOUNCES TWO UPCOMING DEMO'S:
MIAMI BEACH, FL AND CAMP LEJEUNE, NC

Thanks to Joe Coniglio & WOR of Fla, MRF will heading to North Miami Beach to host a outdoor demo on June 20th (Friday) to Wounded Warriors and Veterans as part of the RRC (Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic). [ flyer ]

We will also be hosting a racquetball demo at Camp LeJeune Marine Corps Base on July 11th (Friday) at the Wallace Creek Fitness Center for the Marines of Wounded Warrior Battalion - East. [ flyer ]

If you would like to help and volunteer for these RRC demonstrations, please contact us via our "CONTACT" section on our web-site for more information.

June 8, 2014

THE MILITARY RACQUETBALL FEDERATION DEMO's OUTDOOR RACQUETBALL COURT DURING VALOR GAMES (SOUTEAST REGION) 2014

June 5, 2014. Recently, the Military Racquetball Federation teamed with the Valor Games to present an outdoor racquetball rehabilitation demonstration for Veterans and Wounded Warriors in Morrisville, NC on May 22nd . The Valor Games brings together disabled veterans and wounded, ill or injured service members and engages them in three days of Paralympic sport competition. In addition to the Southeast regional event in Morrisville, other Valor Games events will be held in Chicago, San Antonio, and San Diego.

An outdoor racquetball court was constructed with the help of a grant from The Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot's associate-led volunteer force, assistance from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and many other volunteers. The one day construction was extremely challenging due to the uneven terrain. After 7 ½ hours of grueling work in the hot Carolina sun, the Home Depot experts "shimmed" and leveled the playing floor, and the volunteers finally erected the court in preparation of the big day of Valor Games. There were over 250 wounded warriors, care-givers and staff from the VA who had the opportunity to play and received basic instructions on the outdoor game. Men from the Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 1st Vice Grand Basileus (Vice President) Tony Knox and other distinguish guests also participated by playing on the outdoor court. Overall, a huge success for Military Racquetball Federation as approximately 250 warriors and staff had the opportunity to see first-hand outdoor racquetball and the possibility of a new form of therapy.

About The Valor Games: It is a character embedded in the spirit of those who rise with strength and battle with everything they have. The Valor Games brings together disabled veterans and wounded, ill or injured service members and engages them in three days of Paralympic sport competition. The event celebrates sport as a means of empowering individuals and strengthening community. Beyond competition, the Valor Games connects athletes with ongoing sports opportunities and resources in their local communities. Promoting healthy, active lifestyles is important to successful community reintegration and the Valor Games proudly support such endeavors. World Sport Chicago hosted the first Valor Games in 2011 and all regional events are organized in partnership with U.S. Paralympics and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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April 18, 2014

MRF PARTNERS WITH THE VALOR GAMES AND IS SUPPORTED BY THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION FOR ITS BIGGEST EVENT EVER

Morrisville, NC; April 18, 2014: The Military Racquetball Federation is teaming with The Valor Games to present an outdoor racquetball rehabilitation demonstration for veterans and Wounded Warriors in Morrisville, NC. The Valor Games brings together disabled veterans and wounded, ill or injured service members and engages them in three days of Paralympic sport competition. In addition to the Southeast regional event in Morrisville, other Valor Games events will be held in Chicago, San Antonio, and San Diego.

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April 30, 2014

"CHRISTMAS IN JULY"
FORT HUACHUCA MRF TOURNAMENT

Open to: All Military personnel & DOD I.D. Cardholders

Barnes Field House
Fort Huachuca, AZ
11-13 July 2014

Divisions: Open, A / B, C / D
Pool-Play - 2 games to 15 (points matter!)
Playoffs - 1 game to 15 single elimination

[ info and entry form ]

R2 link: http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=12736

April 18, 2014

MRF SUPPORTER: 3 WALLBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LAS VEGAS

World Outdoor Racquetball, World Players of Handball and National Paddleball Association are pleased to announce the fifth annual 3 Wallball World Championships presented by Ektelon Outdoor to be held September 10-14, 2014 in Las Vegas.

A site on world-famous Las Vegas Boulevard in front of the spectacular Stratosphere Hotel will be transformed with the construction of 10 three wall courts to host one of the richest outdoor events in history. Returning for 2014 is the addition of 3 one wall courts for men's, women's and mixed doubles racquetball and handball divisions.

The 2014 3 Wallball World Championships will again bring the best Outdoor players in the 3 sports together for another amazing tournament and spectator event. Along with the great action, players and fans can enjoy daily special events, great new hospitality, Wednesday night pro-am fundraiser, Saturday sunset flag ceremony featuring the Military Racquetball Federation, and Thursday Ladies Night. Along with the professional divisions offering cash prize money; amateur divisions for men, women, and junior players will be offered in racquetball singles, doubles and mixed doubles, handball singles, doubles and mixed doubles & paddleball doubles divisions . . . the event will be extreme . . .

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April 12, 2014

HEROS RACQUETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

April 5, 2014

MRF HOSTS A RACQUETBALL REHABILITATION DEMONSTRATION ON THE BEACH

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13 MAR 2014, Hollywood Beach, FL: MRF moves to Florida for some outdoor one-wall racquetball and helping Veterans in the Miami / Hollywood Beach area. Thanks to the Recreational Staff of the VA Medical Center in Miami Fl, MRF hosted another RRC demo for Veterans in Hollywood at the WOR Beach Bash. Special thanks to clinic Instructors who assisted MRF's Steven Harper. Daniel De La Rosa, Michelle Key, Robert "The Ice-Man" Sostre, Rob Mijares, and Darold Key.

Thanks to our sponsors and donors; RacquetWorld, E-Force, and Ektelon for their financial and product support to make these clinics possible.

March 5, 2014

MID-ATLANTIC (RRC) EAST COAST RACQUETBALL CHALLENGE

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01 MAR 2014, Fort Lee Army Base (Petersburg, VA): MRF does it again, this time on the East Coast! March 1st at the McCaughlin Fitness Center on Fort Lee Army Base, the Military Racquetball Federation (MRF) hosted its 2nd Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic (RRC) Challenge where 9 disabled service members and wounded warriors, from the Mid-Atlantic area competed in a one-day Racquetball Challenge. Teams from Washington DC, Hampton VA, and Durham NC VA Medical Centers (VAMC) came to compete with the hopes of being this year's overall team winner. These service members recently completed the eight-week RRC program where they learned the fundamentals of racquetball and now had the chance to bring their skills to compete against fellow graduates. MRF was able to raise the awareness of what service members endure when they return home from the battlefield. This effort was possible thanks to the team that put all this together, Wayne Toyne of the Washington DC area and Bob Steele of Hampton Roads, were the coaches who ran the eight-week programs. At the conclusion of the competition, Ron Salon of the Durham NC (VAMC) was crowned the 2014 champion. The 2nd place winner was Robert Lawson of the Hampton VA (VAMC) and the overall Team winner for this year's event went to the Hampton VA (VAMC) posting the overall highest cumulative point total.

This weekend one-day RRC Challenge was a huge success because it brought veterans together to build camaraderie, make new friendships, and overall gave these Vets a new sense of confidence in themselves. One veteran even got emotional because she said, "MRF is one of those organizations that has truly changed her life because of the dedication MRF shows to the veterans. MRF is an organization that delivers what it says…."

Thanks to our sponsors and donors; CVRA, NCRA, RacquetWorld, E-Force, and Ektelon for their financial and product support to make these clinics possible.

RRC

February 23, 2014

BASE CHAPTER BOOKMARKS

Letting you know that there were some changes to the naming of the Base Chapters. The result may cause some of your bookmarks not to function properly. Just relocate the base chapter and bookmark again.
—We apologize for the inconvenience.

February 23, 2014

ANNOUNCING MRF BASE CHAPTER
FORT HUACHUCA

Welcome to Fort Huachuca, home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command. Located in Cochise County, in southeast Arizona, about 15 miles north of the border with Mexico, Fort Huachuca was annexed in 1971 by the city of Sierra Vista and was declared a national landmark in 1976.

February 8, 2014

MRF FUNDRAISER HELD AT LAS VEGAS ATHLETIC CLUB

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The LAS VEGAS ATHLETIC CLUB was the host facility for their second MRF fundraiser. Tournament Directors Jack Hughes and Terry Rogers put together a round robin format for 20 players who had a fun filled/competitive day of racquetball.

Lunch was provided by Subway and the winners were awarded an MRF T-shirt and a special MRF logo Ekelon Classic ball.

All funds collected were donated to the MRF and their Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics. A special thanks to LVAC for allowing us to run this event for a great cause.


A Div Champs
Edgar Hernandez/Ruben Belandria

A Div 2nd Place
David Shapiro/Chris Lawson

B Div Champs
Lou Saba/John Sprouse

B Div 2nd Place
David Shapiro/Ed Grossman

February 1, 2014

CVRA DONATION

THANK YOU Phil Wheeler and the CVRA for making a $500 donation towards MRF's upcoming Mid-Atlantic RRC Racquetball Challenge Tournament taking place on (Saturday) the 1st of March at Fort Lee (Petersburg, Va).

This is a celebration tournament for those Wounded Warriors and Veterans who have completed our 8-wk Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic (RRC). We will have veterans competing from Washington DC, Hampton VA, and Durham NC in a one-day "Round Robin" format.

PROUD SUPPORTERS OF MRF & MILITARY RACQUETBALL

 

E-Force Ektelon Racquetworld.com
MRF Official Ball
Official Ball of MRF
NFRA wwp
Chick-fil-A OMEGA PSI PHI Macaroni Grill
The Mav DAC
LVAC LCRC
     

MRF & MILITARY RACQUETBALL AFFILIATES

 

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