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May 17, 2019

2019 MEL CLARKE CHARITY RACQUETBALL TOURNAMENT

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In honor of Mel Clarke’s distinguished military career, all proceeds from this tournament will be donated in his name to the Military Racquetball Federation. The MRF is committed to assisting Wounded Warriors with their rehabilitation using their Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics program.

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April 22, 2019

GO-FUND-ME: 3WALLBALL AND MRF ADAPTIVE RACQUETBALL EVENT

GoFundMe - 3WallBall

Military Racquetball Federation is promoting this Go Fund Me page (www.gofundme.com/3WallBallMRF2019) as a way to include wheelchair veterans in this terrific 10th Anniversary 3WallBall Championship and we are looking to you for help so they can participate in the up / down Wheelchair division. This is a great opportunity to support our wounded service members and every little bit counts as we work our way towards a $2000 goal. Please show your patriotism and compassion for those who have given some much! Helping our Nation's Heroes (Veterans & Wounded Warriors) thru adaptive racquetball programs.

Last year, your contributions made a difference for these folks – Mary McGriff, Air Force Veteran & Sharona Young, Navy veteran. Both Florida residents that learned about Adaptive Racquetball when MRF went to the National Veteran Wheelchair Games in Salt Lake City. With their participation in the Las Vegas 3WallBall Championships, they have added a new sport to their list.

Thank you for helping to make this happen!

Hope you will consider donating again for the
2019 3WallBall Veteran Adaptive Racquetball Divisions.


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MRF REGIONALS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Save the dates!
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March 4, 2019

MRF REGIONALS & NATIONALS DATES

Save the dates!

February 28, 2019

STARTING RRC AT FORT HOOD

Fort Hood

MRF recently visited FORT HOOD Army Base, TX and hosted a one-day racquetball demonstration for the Army's Wounded Warrior Transition Command (WTU). With strong support from commad level, the FORT HOOD Racquetball Crew will be starting a Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic with the WTU sometime in the March-time frame.

Thanks to support from the S-3 shop, Mr. Reginald Fields and the MRF Volunteer Coordinator: Ms. JoAnna Reyes.

MRF Clinic instructors: Mustafa Salaam and Eduarrdo Salehora
MRF Clinic Asst: Gus Sanchez, Joe Clinton, John Rhodes, Frank Emmous, Luis Gutierrez, Venita Mitchell, Rico, Ronald Harris

February 28, 2019

GRADUATING CLASS - RICHMOND VAMC

Richmond

Veterans from the Richmond VAMC graduated from their 8-week MRF adaptive racquetball clinic back on Janurary 30th. Thanks to the instructors of Cary Stancil and Bob Abbot, this clinic was possible by the support of Patricia Reeves of the Midlothian Athletic Club (Richmond VA). Whitney Kallenbach was the VA's Recreational Therapist point of contact.

MRF graduated (5) five Veterans from the class: Brian Donegan, Cynthia McDowell, Daniel Harris, Joel Bowman, Michael Allen

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February 26, 2019

MRF - IRT RACQUETBALL PRO - ALEX LANDA AT FORT BLISS!

Fort Bliss

MRF recently had a chance visit FORT BLISS Army Base, El Paso, TX and hosted a one-day racquetball demonstration for the Army's Wounded Warrior Transition Command (WTU). With the help of the Army's Recreational Therapist, Ms. Amy Summer, MRF will be starting a Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic with the WTU sometime in the March-time frame. Even more special is that we were able to sign on IRT Racquetball Pro Alex Landa from the International Racquetball Tour (IRT-TOUR) to teach the Soldiers at FORT BLISS, which will begin sometime in mid-March. This is a huge collaboration working with one of the best racquetball players in the game. We anticipate great things out of the Texas region!

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February 23, 2019

GRADUATION CLINIC - N. AUGUSTA, SC

Agusta

Thanks Jerry Josey Jr, Maria Rodriguez (of the Professional Racquetball Women's Pro-Tour - LPRT), and Tommy Harris (Recreational Therapist) for completing a 8-week Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic with Veterans from the local Augusta area. This clinic was made possible with the support and staff at the Riverview Parks Activities Center in North Augusta, SC.

February 23, 2019

MRF EAST COAST MID-ATLANTIC RRC CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT

Greenbrier

MRF hosted its 2nd East Coast Mid-Atlantic RRC (Racquetball Rehabilitation) Challenge Tournament this past weekend (Feb 23rd) at the Greenbrier North YMCA, to where we had the MAYOR of Va. Beach (Mr. Bobby Dyer) greeted 12 Veterans from (3) different VA Medical Centers: Washington DC VAMC / Hampton VAMC / Richmond VAMC. Thanks to our Volunteers to make the possible: JD & Megan Shelton, Justin Carpenter, Jeff Wagner, Steve Campbell, Joe Mulkerrin and Al Bido. Our Tournament Director to make this tournament even possible was Malia Bailey!

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February 23, 2019

GRADUATING CLASS FROM JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA BOLLING

Greenbrier

MRF did it again - hosting another RRC Graduation this time at Joint Base Anacostia - Bolling,January 31st. Veterans from the Washington DC VA Medical Center and Veterans on the Rise (VOTR) completed an 8-week racquetball instructional course. They then went on to compete at a regional RRC Racquetball Challenge - against other Veterans in the region. They really made us so PROUD!

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February 13, 2019

MRF HOSTS ANNUAL RRC AT THE USA RACQUETBALL NATIONAL DOUBLES

Tempe AZ RRC

Twenty RRC players from the Phoenix VA, Prescott VA, and Las Vegas VA met at ASU in Tempe, AZ for some friendly team competition and individual bragging rights. When all was said and done the Prescott VA took home the team trophy in the tight team competition winning by a mere 2 points. Individual medals were also awarded. Thanks to all the players and coaches and keep up the great work. Also a special thanks to Head Penn, RacquetWorld, USA Racquetball, and the Veterans Administration for allowing the MRF to continue supporting our service members through racquetball.

Tempe AZ RRC
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January 25, 2019

FORT BLISS - ADAPTIVE RACQUETBALL REHABILITATION CLINIC

Fort Bliss RRC

MRF hosted another Adaptive Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic for the FORT BLISS WTB this past week. Cadre members and command really supported this event, showing in a strong number of participants. We want to say a special Thanks to Ms. Amy Summers - RT / CPT A. Tooke, A Co. Commander WTB / 1LT A. Conner, A Co. Executive Officer / 1SGT R. Nangle, A Co. 1GT and the staff of Stout Fitness Center (Fort Bliss, El Paso TX) to make this event possible. Even IRT Pro Player, Alejandro Landa and Rudy of El Paso came out to assist in this event. MRF hopes to start teaching an 8-week clinic at Fort Bliss by mid to late February.

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January 22, 2019

MRF PUTS TOGETHER ITS ADAPTIVE RACQUETBALL TRAINING VIDEO

DTX MEDIA

Thanks to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Team Head Racquetball/Pro-Penn, RacquetWorld, and Landmark Fitness Club - MRF created its first training video (posting soon via YouTube).

MRF was recently in Dallas TX, at the Landmark Fitness Club, which hosted us and the superb video company DTX Media as we put this video together. This video was created with the help of Tracey Robinson, Chip Parmelly who helped in showing different racquetball techniques and Michael Kraus and Collin Meyer of DTX Media who capture our moment. We hope this upcoming video will help veterans and others who watch to provide fundamental training tips on techniques to practice and play. We are extremely excited to see the final product.

Again, thanks to DTX Media for making this happen.

January 15, 2019

LIVE-LIKE-JOHN FOUNDATION

Live-Like-John

THANK YOU to the Live-Like-John Foundation for making a $1000 donation to the MRF Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic (RRC) during the recent IRT-PRO Stop (Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions) in Portland OR. These types of contributions and organizations personal support are the things we need to continue to assist our Troops, Disabled Veterans, and Wounded Warriors around the country. These efforts truly go a long way to "bringing our Service members back home - mentally and physically"! We can't fulfill our mission without the support of others...… Thank You - Wendall

December 15, 2018

FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS

Happy Holidays

November 12, 2018

RRC ADAPTIVE RECQUETBALL CLINIC - BOLLING AFB

BollingAFB

MRF is currently hosting another RRC Adaptive Racquetball Clinic at Joint Base Anacostia - BOLLING AFB in the Washington DC area. These classes have been going on for four weeks now. Thanks to HEAD RACQUETBALL, during one of our classes, we were able to give away HEAD Racquetball shoes to one of our Veterans who needed new shoes.

Thank You to the staff at Team Head Racquetball for the shoes and making our clinic successful.


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November 11, 2018

THIS VETERAN'S DAY

Veteran's Day

October 1, 2018

MRF BENEFIT PROAM DOUBLES AT THE 3 WALLBALL FESTIVAL

ProAm

A special thanks to our very special pros and the amateurs who participated in the ProAm Doubles Wednesday evening. The funds donated will benefit the MRF and their Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics. Once the evening concluded Rhonda and Vic were crowned the winners and awards were presented by MRF Executive Director Steven Harper and Event Director Mike Coulter. As a special treat our youngest competitor held her own and was all smiles.

Izzy Torres, Steven Harper, Geoff Holmes, Daniel DeLaRosa, Khilyn Gregory, Rhonda Rajsich, Vic Mandella, Michelle DeLaRosa, Bobby Horn, Maddie Melandez, Michelle Norris, and Carla Munoz..



ProAm

September 14, 2018

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MRF RRC HOSTED AT THE LAS VEGAS ATHLETIC CLUB

Las Vegas Athletic Club

A special thanks to the Las Vegas Athletic Club for generously allowing the MRF to host an 8 week clinic in conjunction with the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. The clinic concluded with a graduation and presentation of Graduation Certificates and Head racquets for all. As a special ending to the clinic six of the graduates will be participating in a special division at the 3WallBall Sports Festival. MRF instructors were Terry Rogers, Jack Hughes, volunteer Jill Horan, and were joined each week by Nancy DeBello, CTRS.



Las Vegas Athletic Club

September 4, 2018

CONGRATS RAFFLE WINNERS

A fun time was had by all at the banquet as the raffle winners collected their prizes. A special thanks from MRF to all those who donated the items for the raffle.

Raffle Winners

Raffle Winners

August 2, 2018

MRF + VETERANS + LAS VEGAS = RECREATIONAL THERAPY

Wounded Warriors Care Fair

Las Vegas Veterans are training for the 3WallBall Sports Festival with the help of the Military Racquetball Federation and VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System’s Recreational Therapy.

Looking for a great way to start your day?
View the #AWESOME highlights of: Las Vegas Vets Bouncing Off the Walls for Racquetball.

More #GREAT information can be found on the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System FB page.

August 2, 2018

JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, CARE FAIR

Wounded Warriors Care Fair

AFW2 at Joint Base Lewis McChord Care Fair, introducing athletes to adaptive / wheelchair racquetball.
With Bryan Dornan, MRF Wheelchair Director and Peggine Tellez, MRF Co-Founder.

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August 2, 2018

MILITARY OUTREACH FUNDRAISER A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

Wounded Warriors Care Fair

Many thanks to the players and sponsors for their support of the Military Outreach Fundraiser Racquetball Shootout held at the beautiful Renaissance ClubSport Walnut Creek. The generous proceeds from this event will go to two 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, the Foundation of Human Understanding, https://www.fhu.com, as they offer Coping Strategies for those dealing with PTSD, and the Military Racquetball Federation, www.militaryracquetball.com, as they work directly with veterans throughout the US dealing with combat and service related injuries to promote healing through sport. A special thanks to the awesome planning and hard work event organizer Margaret Pederson, co-tournament director, Kimberly Randolph, and sponsors Head Penn, Al Muranaga (ProAm Sports), the RYDF, and many others who all made this possible.

Check out the results of this awesome event: http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=25074

Wounded Warriors Care Fair

July 31, 2018

MILITARY RACQUETBALL FEDERATION – WOUNDED WARRIOR CARE FAIR

Wounded Warriors Care Fair

Air Force Wounded Warriors - Racquetball at Offutt AFB. We had the honor of participating in the Wounded Warrior Care Fair and then host an interactive racquetball activity held at Offutt Air Force Base this week. The AFW2 is a charitable organization that helps veterans and active duty service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after Sept 11th, 2001.

Ken Smith, Bellvue, NE, helped in the racquetball demos that were held assisting Peggine Tellez and Joe Coniglio who ran the racquetball event. They are avid racquetball ambassadors who travelled to Offutt to teach these warriors how to play and received enthusiastic reviews. They have done this on multiple occasions. And thanks to Tim Dall for reaching out to Offutt players to help. It looks like we will have enough folks to begin an 8 week clinic. If you're active duty, retired service member in the area and want to learn to play. Send us a message and we will connect you with our instructors.

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June 19, 2018

MRF/RRC: BRONX, NY

MRF/RRC

MRF hosts another Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic/Demo at Orchard Beach Bronx NY this past weekend (June 22nd & 23rd). Veterans from the New York Harbour VA Medical Center participated in a two-day racquetball demonstration.

Special Thanks for supporting this event goes out to the staff of the NY VAMC (MaLou, Nelly, and Emily); Kathy of Zerega Indoor Handball Courts; Mike Waters, Wounded Warrior Project - New York Region, as well as the New York Park & Recreation - Mr. Alfredo Perez and staff.

Also to our sponsors; Head Racquetball and RacquetWorld who allowed this event to be possible. MRF was also treated to a special guest, Mr. Steve Emt - Team Member of the USA Paralympic Team 2018 (who just competed in this past Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea). We had a Great Time in New York with many more to come.

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June 19, 2018

MRF IS LOOKING FOR PLAYERS/DONORS FOR THE
PRO-AM 3WALLBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

June 19, 2018

ATTENTION ALL WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES

June 13, 2018

WARRIOR GAMES 2018

Warrior Games

Peggine Tellez and Steven Harper were part of this year's WARRIOR GAMES 2018, hosted by the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Approximately 300 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans participated in the annual Department of Defense (DoD) competition.

The athletes represented the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command, as well as athletes from the U.K. Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force and Canadian Armed Forces. This year's event hosted 11 different sporting events for all competitors.

The 2019 Games will be hosted by U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) June 22-30 in Tampa, Fla. MRF is already working to part of next year's venue.

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June 13, 2018

FREE RACQUETBALL DEMO: BRONX, NY

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May 25, 2018

IN REMEMBRANCE AND APPREICATION

Memorial Day,

On this Memorial Day, MRF honors all of the #brave men and women of America's Armed Forces who have #sacrificed their lives in defense of our #freedon.

May 25, 2018

MRF LIAISON RECOGNIZED: JOANNA REYES

May 16, 2018

2018 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WARM-UPS, JUNE 9

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April 28, 2018

MRF: RACQUETBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Nationals

April 28, 2018

MILITARY CLASSIC: MAY 4 – 6, 2018
Greenbrier North YMCA, Chesapeake, VA

Greenbrier YMCA

Malia Bailey and the Greenbrier North YMCA, Chesapeake, VA will host the annual Military Classic May 4 – 6, 2018.
Please take a moment to sign up, http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=24882.
You will enjoy every minute of this event and the awards and souvenirs are awesome!!!!!

April 19, 2018

6th ANNUAL MEL CLARKE OPEN
MRF Fundraiser—is a Huge Success

Mel Clarke Open

For the 6th year the Mel Clarke Open was held at the Parkpoint Health Club and was once again a big fundraising success for the MRF. The funds donated will allow the MRF to continue their Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics for our disabled veterans. A special thanks to Nancy Clarke, Naimh Winslow, and Dave Stohlmann and many others for continuing to host this event. Congratulations to all the players and a special congrats to the champs, Dave Hostler and Qui Sithixay and finalists, Sherbert Williamson and Tony Wong.

You got to see these 55 event phonts:

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April 9, 2018

TWO RRC GRADUATION CEREMONIES

RRC GRADUATION

MRF held two Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic Graduation Ceremony for Veterans in the Baltimore, MD and Richmond, VA area. Steven Harper hosted the ceremony for 10 Veterans from the MCVET Center in Baltimore MD. The The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) is a nonprofit organization that treats veterans with homelessness and substance abuse, located in Baltimore, Maryland.

RRC GRADUATION

Steven Harper then hosted a graduation for 5 Veterans of the Richmond VA Medical Center of Richmond, VA.

Learn more, see more on our Facebook page.

March 17, 2018

MRF HOSTS DEMO IN BOWLING GREEN, KY

BGPR

The Bowling Green Parks and Recreation hosted our first RRC demo in KY this past weekend. Ten participants, including three wheelchair participants, were treated to a demo/clinic with instructors, Bryan and Sarah Dornon along with Marsha Berry. Several of the participants have already made arrangements to continue playing! The Bowling Green Parks plans to continue the out reach to disabled veterans and disabled alike. They plan to put together a league for anyone interested as well. A great time was had by all and the MRF will continue to support efforts with the Bowling Green Parks.

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March 6, 2018

MRF HOSTED: RRC CLINIC AT THE MAC IN RICHMOND VA

RRC CLINIC

MRF hosted a RRC clinic at the MAC (Midlothian Athletic Club) in Richmond VA with Veterans from the Richmond VAMC. This clinic won't have been possible without the support of our instructor, Cary Stancil and the VA Rec. Therapist - Whitney Kallenbach. This is an 8-week clinic that will run til March 28, 2018 to hopefully lead up to a regional tournament in the Mid-Atlantic area.

RRC CLINIC

March 2, 2018

6th ANNUAL MEL CLARKE OPEN TO BE HELD MARCH 17

MEL CLARKE OPEN FLYER

This annual MRF fundraiser will be held for the 6th year running at the Parkpoint Health Club in Santa Rosa, CA. It is a one day doubles shootout and promises to be a fun time for all while we honor the memory and commitment of Mel Clarke!

Our thanks to his family and friends for continuing to make this a yearly event and helping our wounded service members using a sport we all love.

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February 26, 2018

MRF HOSTS 4TH RRC CHALLENGE AT USA RACQUETBALL NATIONAL DOUBLES

RRC CHALLENGE

ASU in Tempe, AZ was the site and the Prescott VA and Phoenix VA brought the competitors! The coaches, Jerry Northwood, Cory Sanders, Ray Bierner, and Johanna Avilez have been involved in the RRC Program for 5+ years introducing our wounded service members to the sport of racquetball. The RRC Challenge allows the players friendly competition to determine a team winner, Prescott VA, for 2018! Players were treated to 2 hours of doubles competition, followed by awards presentation, lunch, and then watching more of the National Doubles competition. The MRF thanks the coaches and players, our sponsors, RacquetWorld and Head Penn, and USA Racquetball for supporting this program and much more. Everyone of these players are winners!

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December 22, 2017

THANKS FOR BEING PART OF OUR YEAR!

Season's Greeting - MRF

December 14, 2017

TEMPLE,TX — VA MEDICAL CENTER

VA Medical Center

The MRF was back in Texas at the Temple, TX, VA Medical Center, hosting another RRC Clinic. THANK YOU to the SUMMITT Recreation Fitness Center for hosting this event (Dec 8th - 9th). Special Thanks to our instructors: Herman Brooks, Mustafa Ab-Salaam, and Joe Clinton!!!

This couldn't have happen without our special adaptive recreational therapist, Mr. Ennis Charleston who coordinated and got our veterans to the two-day clinic.

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December 14, 2017

MRF PRO-AM DOUBLES AT THE LIVE LIKE JOHN TOURNAMENT

LIVE LIKE JOHN

Thank you all for supporting Live Like John & the Military Racquetball Federation. You are all greatly appreciated & we hope you had fun. Congratulations to David Rosenbaum & Mario Mercado the 2017 champions.

December 6, 2017

THANK YOU LIFE TIME FITNESS!

Life Time Fitness

The MRF would like to say thank you to Life Time Fitness, Belle Isle Racquetball, Darryl Hunter, Joe Lowell, and Russell Baker for once again hosting the 24 hour racquetball, squash, paddleball and pickleball event on Veteran's Day 2017 raising funds for the MRF. These funds help the MRF as they continue to reach out to our military, active, veterans and wounded service members through our racquetball programs, including our Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics. Your continued support is so very much appreciated!

November 25, 2017

MRF TEXAS STATE LIAISON HOSTS MILITARY FAMILY APPRECIATION DAY SHOOTOUT

Family Appreciation Day Shootout

The MRF thanks JoAnna Reyes for hosting another MRF racquetball shootout in San Antonio, TX in support of Military Family Appreciation Day. The military players, family, and friends enjoyed a day full of racquetball! What could be more rewarding then hosting an event for our service members!

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November 25, 2017

WOR MRF MILITARY RACQUETBALL FAMILY APPREICATION DAY
Hosted by MRF State Liaison JoAnna Reyes

Family Appreciation Day

Escobar Park, San Antonio, TX was the site of this MRF WOR event. Twenty-five military players, family, and friends participated in this event and what a great time was had by all and great shirts and goody bags added the extra touch. Looking forward to more!!!

November 15, 2017

WASHINGTON DC JCC / VA MEDICAL CENTER

Back in the saddle!!! Just hosted another Racquetball Clinic to some Veterans at the Washington DC VA Medical Center..... Enjoyed teaching and seeing them get inspired again.... True Joy - - HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

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November 15, 2017

MRF NAMES TEXAS STATE LIAISON

The Military Racquetball Federation is proud to welcome JoAnna Reyes as the Texas State Liaison to our organization. We are excited to begin working with JoAnna as together we are looking to expand our reach to our military players offering them more racquetball activities and introducing military personnel and their families to our sport. JoAnna’s passion, knowledge, and current outreach in her state will lend itself well to MRF’s mission in Texas, which is a large and important military state.

‘I’m excited to join the MRF as their Texas liaison.  Being part of a military family, my father and brothers were Marines, it seems fitting to give back to our Armed Forces and help promote programs for them.” Said Reyes

Reyes’ credentials are elite; she has been involved in racquetball 30+ years as a player, tournament director, instructor, international referee and TXRA/USAR committee and board member. In addition she had the opportunity to meet players from all over the world during her position as the Director of Player Operations for ProKennex Racquetball.  Partnering with the International Racquetball Tour as a Tier 1 Tournament Director also brought friendships with some of the top players of the world.

“I look forward to introducing racquetball activities, both indoor and outdoor, to military players in my state and to continue hosting tournament play for existing and new players” continued Reyes. "The new State Liaison program is an important initiative for MRF as it reaches the grassroots of our sport and military racquetball.  JoAnna brings her love of racquetball and the military to her new position which insures success in Texas", commented Steven Harper, MRF Executive Director.

November 10, 2017

THIS VETERAN'S DAY

Veteran's Day

October 1, 2017

IT'S A WRAP: 2017 3WB OUTDOOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - LAS VEGAS

MRF joins the National Outdoor 3Wall Ball Championship in Las Vegas during its annual tournament. The ProAm Doubles to benefit the Military Racquetball Federation were held Wednesday evening at the 3 WallBall Championships, Stratosphere, Las Vegas. The amateurs and pros all had a great time and the MRF wants to again thank all of the participants for their donation of time and money all to benefit the MRF and their programs.

Left side - Freddy Ramirez, Bobby Horn, Michelle and Daniel DeLaRosa, Terry Rogers (MRF) and Jack Hughes (MRF) Right side – Janel Tisinger, Joyce Norris, Geoff Holmes, Vic Mandella, Brent Hoskins and Bryan Dornan (MRF) Missing – Maddie Melandez

The highlight again was the presenting the National Colors during the Sunset Ceremony presented by the UNLV ROTC Unit.

THANKS to all for supporting MRF and its mission!

September 13, 2017

PELHAM MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIP - PORTLAND, OR

The largest racquetball tounraments in the Northwest are now one!!

September 13, 2017

2017 3WB OUTDOOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - LAS VEGAS

Combining the best from Racquetball, Handball & Paddleball for the biggest court-sport experience ever created at the Stratosphere Hotel Casino Tower.

Courts going up!!

September 11, 2017

ABC7 SALUTES: TEACHING WOUNDED WARRIORS THE THERAPEUTIC POWER OF RACQUETBALL

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MRF PARTNERS WITH THE CAPITOL RIVERFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD SUPPORTED BY THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION FOR ANOTHER BIG EVENT

Washington, DC; (June 8, 2017): Military Racquetball Federation (MRF) is teaming up with the city of Washington, DC and The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) at The Yards in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood to present another outdoor racquetball rehabilitation demonstration for Disabled Veterans and Wounded Warriors in the heartbeat of DC. This event is taking place July 27th – 30th, 2017 and will be open to the public to also promote the sport of racquetball and handball for new players. The MRF with the help of Home Depot will be building two temporary outdoor racquetball courts in an area at the corner of M Street, SE and New Jersey Avenue, SE across from the Department of Transportation building. One court will be used for wounded warriors, disabled veterans, and the public to experience a different type of therapeutic adaptive racquetball, while the second court will be used for a weekend shootout for racquetball and handball players. This event will be supported by World Outdoor Racquetball (WOR), United States Racquetball Association (USAR), and World Players of Handball (WPH).

These temporary courts are supported through a grant from The Home Depot Foundation and the help of Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force. There will be a major labor effort supported by “The Mission Continues” a non-profit organization supporting veterans, the U.S. Navy Seabees Battalion, U.S. Coast Guard, and the DC National Guard to bring this event together. This venue promises to be filled with activities, because not only will MRF be hosting a 4-day outdoor racquetball event, but also the Washington Nationals will be hosting the Colorado Rockies the same weekend. It is anticipated that there will be tens of thousands viewers in foot-traffic that weekend with the racquetball venue down the road from Nationals Park.

If you would like to assist with this major MRF project or would simply like more information, please contact Steven Harper, (LCDR, US Navy - Retired) Executive Director of MRF at steven.c.harper392@gmail.com or (757) 831-8458.

Join us to support our heroes for a weekend of racquetball, handball and fun. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please email for details and opportunities.

July 26, 2017

THE COURTS ARE UP!

Courts are finally after two days of dedicated work & support from TEAM Home Depot, The Mission Continues, and the US Navy "Seabees" and truly amazing work for the US Air Force of Andrews AFB (Civil Engineer Corps) - they really put the "Clutch Down"...!

Thanks to All - THE COURTS ARE UP (In Washington DC)

These organizations came together to erect two portable racquetball courts in Washington DC for Disabled Veterans and Wounded Warriors....

Check out the 'how was it done' photos!

July 24, 2017

COURTS BEING LOADED—HEADING TO WASHINGTON DC FOR MRF RRC!!

Loading the courts of NC. Thanks to the non-profit organization called "ACTIVATE GOOD", who's mission is helping organizations with objectives by giving a lending hand!

July 4, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

Happy Birthday America

June 25, 2017

MRF/USAR TO PARTNER ON WHEELCHAIR RACQUETBALL, NAME BRYAN DORNON COMMISSIONER

Military Racquetball Federation (MRF) and United States Racquetball Association announced today a partnership to grow and oversee Wheelchair Racquetball. This newly announced program comes out of the MRF’s Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics and will be led by Bryan Dornon, a wheelchair athlete and number 1 ranked player. RRC demonstrations and events have been held throughout the United States in conjunction with the Veterans Affairs Administration including major events like the Golden Age Games, Wheelchair Games, and 3 Wallball World Championships. Dornon, a veteran who serves on the MRF Board is an outspoken advocate of Wheelchair Racquetball doing exhibitions at many events including the Pro Kennex IRT Tournament of Champions and the Live Like John military fundraiser.

Steven Harper, MRF Executive Director commented, “Bryan’s experience in racquetball and with wheelchair athletes in multiple sports makes him the perfect person to lead this initiative. We are lucky to have him.”

“This program is a dream come true for me, I am proud to represent the wheelchair athletes as well as the MRF.  Along with MRF and USAR helping to make the sport I love a reality. I have been spreading the word about the fun, workout, and rehabilitation aspects of wheelchair racquetball for several years.” Said Dornon.  “There is so much potential to impact people’s lives in a positive way through racquetball. This is never more apparent then when I work with people who have forgotten they don't have to be sedentary just because things are more difficult, or costly. I am honored and excited to take on this challenge.” Said Dornon.

Jason Thoerner, USA Racquetball Executive Director "As racquetball's National Governing Body USA Racquetball is excited about spreading our sport to wheelchair athletes.  Bryan is the right person for the job and we will be supporting his efforts."

MRF will be hosting a major event July 28-30, 2017 including wheelchair clinics and open play in Washington, DC. For additional information go to www.militaryracquetball.com. The new program will focus on all aspects of introducing wheelchair athletes to the sport with an emphasis on indoor play as a point of entry to racquetball.

June 11, 2017

NEW MRF RANKING SYSTEM PRESENTED BY RACQUETWORLD

Effective date May 1, 2017: Revised ranking system includes 3 separate categories.

  • MRF Event Rankings – includes all players participating, singles and doubles, in a MRF sponsored or partnered event.
  • MRF Military Rankings – includes all military players, active, retired, and veteran, participating, singles and doubles, in a MRF sponsored or partnered event
  • Wheelchair Rankings – includes all wheelchair players participating, singles, doubles, and up/down doubles, in a MRF sponsored or partnered event

    Ranking points key:

  • 1st = 800 pts.
  • 2nd = 500 pts.
  • 3rd = 300 pts.
  • 4th = 250 pts.
  • 5th = 100 pts.
  • 6th on down = 50 pts.

The MRF rankings are maintained by the MRF and are not a part of the USA Racquetball ranking system.
Questions should be directed to Jack Hughes

June 1, 2017

RACQUETBALL REHABILITATION TEAM CHALLENGE – TEMPE, AZ

RRC: Tempe, AZ

In conjunction with the USA Racquetball National Singles Championships the Military Racquetball Federation hosted their 3rd Racquetball Rehabilitation Team Challenge featuring teams from the Phoenix VA and the Prescott VA.

After 5 rounds of matches the Phoenix VA team emerged victorious and several individual winners were crowned.

 

And the winner's are!

 

Phoenix-VA

 

Prescott-VA

 

Behind the scenes

 

Behind the scenes

May 26, 2017

IN REMEMBRANCE AND APPREICATION

Memorial Day 2017,

On this Memorial Day, MRF honors all of the #brave men and women of America's Armed Forces who have #sacrificed their lives in defense of our #freedon.

May 25, 2017

JOANNA REYES AND THE CORPUS CHRISTI ATHLETIC CLUB

GREENBRIER YMCA

Corpus Christi Athletic Club donated the courts which allowed the armed forces players to play for free. The club has 3 courts and has been hosting racquetball tournaments since the early 1980's. During the past few years they have continued to support tournaments, hosting IRT pro stops too. They are also sponsoring the upcoming Women's Racquetball event in July. They are a great supporter of racquetball.

Since only 3 courts we limited division entries to 6 per players/teams per division and played round robin division blocks. 1 game to 15 with the player/team with the most wins being declared the winner. The round robin format allowed the players to network with each other for future play. Players as far south as Brownsville and as far north of Houston attended. (4 hour travel time radius)

It was lots of fun and I look forward to making it an annual event!!!!

The following armed forces players placed in their divisions:

  • Lorenzo Valdez (Champion, Open Division)
  • Abel Perez (Champion, A Division)
  • Jesse Moreno (2nd Place, A Division)

 

Special thanks to the event sponsors:

  • Corpus Christi Athletic Club
  • ProStop Racquet Sports (my company)
  • ProKennex Racquetball
  • Gulf Coast Graphics
  • Lock Laces
  • Rocks Nutrition
  • Alien Racquetball
  • MZ Flooring
Event photos

May 11, 2017

THE MILITARY CLASSIC - GREENBRIER YMCA, CHESAPEAKE VA

GREENBRIER YMCA,

Thanks to Malia Bailey, CVRA and the Greenbrier North YMCA for hosting another Great tournament for Military Service, Family and Friends this past weekend (05/05/2017- 05/07/2017).

An annual event that honors the military and veterans.

Event photos

February 12, 2017

USAR & MRF HOST VETERANS AT NATIONAL DOUBLES

NATIONAL DOUBLES

Prescott and Phoenix group of veterans who take part in MRF's Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic program were guests of the USAR at the USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships this Saturday. The group was treated to some great racquetball & hospitality. MRF's Terry Rogers & Jack Hughes served as hosts for the group in Tempe.

February 5, 2017

GIVE LIKE JOHN DEBUTS AT OHSRL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

OHSRL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Pictured above from (L-R) Live Like John Board Members Wendall Pelham, Dave Azuma, David Rosenbaum, OHSRL Board Members Dave Moyle, Megan Menzia, Alice Laffey, Tom Juul


"Give Like John", in conjunction with the Oregon High School Racquetball League made a number of high school players experience greater today by donating racquets, bags, shoes, etc in partnership with OHSRL. "Give Like John" is a unique program that has grown out of the successful Live Like John Shootout held each December to honor the memory of US Army SPC John Pelham & his love of racquetball. The annual event which is affiliated with Military Racquetball Federation accepts generous donations of racquetball equipment from the participants & then donates them to high school & military programs.

January 1, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE MRF

Happy New Year

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