January 1, 2017
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE MRF
December 1, 2016
MEL CLARKE OPEN – ANNUAL MRF FUNDRAISER
November 5: Parkpoint Club in Santa Rosa, California once again hosted their annual Mel Clarke Open. This event, which has become a local tradition, is an opportunity to honor the memory of their friend Mel and his military service by raising funds for the Military Racquetball Federation and it’s Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics. The Clarke family plays a huge part in this tournament every year, and players were pleased to see Nancy Clarke and her children Marcus and Kathie in attendance. Nancy also donated the breakfast and organized a raffle and silent auction to raise additional funds.
32 players participated in a round robin format, and spectators were treated to some high level racquetball. After a day of spirited competition, brothers Brian and Scott Ferrell won the final in a tiebreaker against perennial winners Scott Steffen and Steve Wattz.
Parkpoint Club graciously donated lunch and dinner for the players, and the result of this great day of racquetball was a donation of $2,000 to the Military Racquetball Federation!!!!!!!
The MRF is forever grateful to the efforts of Barry Lynes and the Clarke family for their continued support and what a great way to honor Mel for his service and his love for the sport of racquetball. We know he is very proud of all of you!
November 10, 2016
THIS VETERAN'S DAY
November 9, 2016
DENNIS RAJSICH MEMORIAL FUND
On October 31st, 2016, the racquetball community lost a great man, father, and friend. Dennis Rajsich was decorated, well/known, and a loving father figure to one and all. Coach, Instructor, player, and enthusiast of the game, Dennis passed on all of his passion for the sport to his daughter, #1 Women's Racquetball Player in the US, Rhonda Rajsich.
We, the racquetball community, have all been touched by, inspired, sarcasticly corrected, and loved by Dennis and Rhonda. We setup this fund in honor of his dedication, support, and contributions to the sport. As we all know, funeral cost can be expensive. As stated before, Dennis was away on travel. This fund is to aid in providing the support needed to send him home and lay him to rest.
Dennis Rajsich GoFundMe site
September 30, 2016
MRF & 3WALLBALL PARTNERSHIP REAPS REWARDS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS
Military Racquetball Federation has enjoyed the support of the 3Wallball World Championships since it's inception 7 years ago working together to raise funds for the Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic program. RRC helps current service members and veterans deal with physical and mental injuries thru racquetball. The recent wheelchair division in Las Vegas was a great example of the success the RRC program. The two organizations have combined to host an annual Pro-Am & other fundraising activities at the event that have donated over $15,000 over the seven years! A great thank you to all who have supported the MRF & 3Wallball.
September 30, 2016
3WALLBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – LAS VEGAS, NV
Sept 30, 2016, Las Vegas: MRF teamed with 3Wallball last week for a tremendous time for all. Over 700 Racquetball and Handball players that competed at the 3WallBall National Outdoor Championship - MRF DOUBLES PRO-AM: A great time was had by all with special thanks to all the players & pros who gave of themselves to support the Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic program. Wednesday night before the Championship Tournament kicked off, MRF hosted a Pro/Am Doubles event which was a huge success. Eight very generous amateur contributors and pros kicked off the 3 WallBall Championships with a fun filled round robin ProAm Doubles event. The money raised will go to supper the MRF’s Racquetball Rehabilitation Programs across the country. The MRF thanks those who supported this event as it was our most successful ever!
The main event for Military Racquetball Federation (MRF) was hosting its 2nd Annual “Up/Down Wheelchair” division for veterans showcasing their Racquetball Rehabilitation Program efforts. Five participants joined us from OR, FL, TX, GA, and NC and a great time was had by all. The smiles on their faces said it all. All are ready to go back to their respective states and recruit more players for local play and to return next year! They are proof that anything is possible. The 1st Place Winner/Champion for this year was Jason & Bryan Dornon (OR). A special thanks to Mike Coulter and everyone associated with this event for allowing us to be a part of this great championship.
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September 14, 2016
JOINT BASE MYER - HENDERSON HALL IN ARLINGTON, VA
MRF commemorated 9/11 by hosting another exciting successful racquetball shootout at Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall in Arlington VA to honor the wounded Armed Service members, retired, and active military, as well as remembering those victims of 9/11.
45 players enjoyed the day of some intense matches and great camaraderie. A special tribute on Sunday morning (Sept. 11th, 2016) was made at the Tomb of the Unknown at the Arlington National Cemetery to where a special wreath was donated by ASAP Floristry at Fort Myers Exchange and presented by COL Conrado Morgan, US Army (Ret), LCDR Steven Harper, US Navy (Ret), and MSgt Jeff Elder, US Air Force (Ret).
None of this would have been possible if it were not for the help and volunteer time of Traci Valentine and her daughter; Margo Scott, Stan Scott and their daughter; also the Fort Myer Fitness Center staff (Ms. Lydia Mease and Mr. Lavon) and Brian Meers of Fort Myers MWR Marketing for the donated breakfast and lunch. Also thank you Jeff Jenkins for the tournament shirts.
Great Job and much success for this past weekend! Such a Great time.....
July 29, 2016
MID-ATLANTIC RACQUETBALL SHOOTOUT
MRF in conjunction with Fort Myer to host a No Entry Fee Tournament as a celebration of Military Racquetball.
The event September 9-11, will also feature a Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic for wounded service members and a special wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on the September 11.Click to enlarge 2 page flyer
July 18, 2016
NATIONAL VETERANS WHEELCHAIR GAMES – Salt Lake City, UT
July 17, 2016: Recently, Military Racquetball Federation partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) to host the 36th National Wheelchair Games in Salt Lake City, introducing hundreds of wheelchair athletes to racquetball including a hitting alley & wall. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a rehabilitation and wheelchair sports program empowering Veterans with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, amputations and other neurological injuries to live more active and healthy lives through wheelchair sports and recreation. During this one-day demonstration, there were a lot of happy faces and positive experiences for athletes and instructors. MRF runs the Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic program on and off military bases in partnership with local VAs. Special thanks to local Utah racquetball volunteers; Andrew Gale, Linda Tyler, & Garrett Tyler who gave their time to assist MRF's Steven Harper, Jack Hughes, & Terry Rogers to get ready for the event. A few other players gave of their time to assist with the demonstration, Kevin Gale, David Diaz, and Erika Rand played a few rounds of racquetball with wheelchair veterans from around the country. Overall, these wheelchair veterans loved the sport of racquetball and were so thankful to be introduced to the sport.
July 1, 2016
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
June 30, 2016
NATIONAL VETERANS WHEELCHAIR GAMES – Salt Lake City, UT
June 29, 2016: Military Racquetball Federation partnered with the 36th National Wheelchair Games in Salt Lake City to introduce hundreds of wheelchair athletes to racquetball including a hitting alley & wall. A lot of happy faces and positive experiences for athletes and instructors.
MRF runs the Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic program on and off military bases in partnership with local VAs. Special thanks to local Utah racquetball volunteers; Andrew Gale, Linda Tyler, & Garrett Tyler who gave their Sunday to assist MRF's Steven Harper, Jack Hughes, & Terry Rogers to get ready for the event. Then on Monday, to assist with the demonstration, Kevin Gale, David Diaz, and Erika Rand played a few rounds of racquetball with wheelchair veterans from around the country.
Overall, these wheelchair veterans loved the sport of racquetball and were so thankful to be introduced to the sport.
June 27, 2016
CALLING ALL WHEELCHAIR RACQUETBALL PLAYERS!
The MRF in partnership with the 3 WALLBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS to host a Wheelchair Division in the event. We are seeking players to participate!
September 21 -25, Stratosphere, Las Vegas, NV, The 3 WallBall World Championships supports the MRF and for the 2nd year is offering a wheelchair division in this event. Wheelchair players will be paired with an able bodied player as they compete in round robin doubles. The MRF is currently looking for players to fill this division.
Interested??? For additional information, contact Terry (MRF BoD), (650) 245-8743.
June 16, 2016
PRO-AM CHARITY DOUBLES AT THE 2016 3WALLBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
September 21 – 25, Stratosphere, Las Vegas, NV
The 3 WallBall World Championships in their 7th year supports the MRF and their Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics (RRCs). You can join in this effort by supporting the Pro‐Am Charity Doubles. For a $300 donation you will be paired with a WOR pro and compete in ‘friendly’ round robin play Wednesday evening. The winners will receive bragging rights and a beautiful plaque!
Your entry $$ will assist the MRF in continuing their RRCs throughout the country as we support our veterans using the game we all love.
The MRF will also be onsite to answer questions regarding our organization and will be hosting additional fundraising activities to include a daily 50/50 split raffle and additional raffle opportunities!
Our RRCs and veterans can use your support!
May 30, 2016
MEMORIAL DAY 2016
May 18, 2016
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, PORTLAND, OR
IRT Pros & MRF Supporters enjoyed the MRF Doubles Pro-am at the Pro Kennex Tournament of Champions last night in Portland, Oregon. All proceeds from the event go to the Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic program. TOC will also host a wheelchair racquetball exhibition prior to the pro finals Saturday night. Group picture before the doubles started including a check presentation to MRF from Wendall Pelham & the Live Like John event in March.
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April 28, 2016
MRF PARTNERS WITH UNITED WAY OF BROWARD COUNTY, FL
Our Florida Director Joe Coniglio with Jonathan Davidson Mentor Coordinator - MISSION UNITED United Way of Broward County. MRF has partnered with Mission United Veteran Services to assist our Veterans in Broward County Florida. Joe is currently mentoring 2 veterans and is on the Supportive Services committee. We would also like to thank Susan Suid & Rick Bernstien for their support in donating racquetball equipment from their last tournament! Also thanks to Windmill park for a financial contribution that was donated by the local players .
February 19, 2016
PRESCOTT AND PHOENIX VETERANS PARTICIPATE IN TEMPELeft to right: Jerry Northwood (coach), Terry Rogers (MRF), Matthew McDonald (Bandit), Jeremy Kinkead, Dave Beltran,
Cory Sanders (VA Rec Therapist), Richard Alcaraz, Ray Bierner (coach), Edward Wagner, Mark Contreras,
Charlie Labuz (Asst. coach), William Holder (wheelchair) Photos by Roby Partovich
Seven veterans from the Prescott and Phoenix VA arrived at ASU this past weekend to participate in a singles and doubles racquetball shootout in conjunction with the USAR National Doubles. Having completed their 8 week Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic with volunteers Jerry Northwood and Ray Bierner these players were treated to this experience. Following the competition lunch was provided and the players were surprised by a special visit from Rocky Carson. Most also remianed in the building to watch the finals as they truly love racquetball! The MRF is making a difference in the lives of our veterans.
Janurary 25, 2016
left to right Jerry Northwood (coach), Terry Rogers (MRF), Matthew McDonald (Bandit), Jeremy Kinkead, Dave Beltran, Cory Sanders (VA Rec Therapist), Richard Alcaraz, Ray Bierner (coach), Edward Wagner, Mark Contreras, Charlie Labuz (Asst. coach), William Holder (wheelchair) Photos by Roby Partovich
EVERY 20 MINUTES A VETERAN TAKES THEIR OWN LIFE
Join the Military Racquetball Federation in making a difference at the Super-Ball Marathon February 6-7 at Lifetime Fitness in Troy, MI
The Military Racquetball Federation (MRF) is dedicated to improving the lives of vets through mental and physical of recovery after war. MRF Executive Director Steven Harper said “Many service members returning from combat have lost limbs or they’re wheelchair bound for life. The good news is we can help them make progress. Teaching them to be active again is powerful medicine!”
In support of this, MRF & LifeTime Fitness Troy are partnering to support our Disabled Veterans by hosting a 24-hour racquetball marathon – The Super-Ball. With a donation of $10 or more, participants can play with vets and professional racquetball players to support this charitable event. The Super-Ball event will also include body massages, aerobic dancing and food.
For additional information:
Executive Director, Military Racquetball Federation
Lifetime Fitness Racquetball Coordinator
January 4, 2016
December 3, 2015
MRF PARTNERS WITH THE ST. LOUIS VA MEDICAL CENTER AND SCOTT AFB TO ANOTHER RRC (RACQUETBALL REHABILITATION CLINIC)
14 NOV 2015, St. Louis, MO: MRF partners with the St. Louis VA Medical Center Recreational Therapists and Scott AFB to host another two-day adaptive racquetball rehabilitation clinic in celebration of Veterans’ Day. November 12th and 13th at the James Fitness Center at Scott AFB, local racquetball volunteers were able to host fundamental racquetball to 12 veterans in the local St. Louis area. Like all of our clinics, the first day started at 9am to where we had veterans with various types of disabilities came to participate in the clinic. Without failing, the Vets were a little “stand-off” because of the perception of racquetball and a fast pace game. Although theses Vets were sore from the 1st day, they actually came back for day two, which was even more inspiring. We did a refresher course of the traditional frisbee-toss drill and the fundamental of “drop & hit” drills. We were surprised to see Col. Laura Lenderman, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander and the Vice Wing commander, Col. Green attended to show their support. These veterans saw how this sport really could help them in overall rehabilitation and stay active with “Life”. Twelve members attended the second day of the clinic.
Overall with much planning and coordination with the staff at the fitness center and the St. Louis VA Medical Center, this was another great success. However, without the help from Jeff and the base transportation division, this would not have been happened. Transportation was critical for this venue. We truly want to thank our volunteers who took time out of their day to help with this event; Jeff Grewe, Keith Yaklovich, Lance Witherell, Yee Cheng, Steven Harper, and Ryan Maher.
For more pictures, go to: Flickr album
November 28, 2015
MRF RECOGNIZED AS THE ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR (2015) FROM THE IOTA IOTA CHAPTER OF OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY, INC.
20 NOV 2015, Raleigh, NC: Military Racquetball Federation was recently recognized as the Organization of the Year – 2015 by the Iota Iota Chapter (Raleigh, NC) of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc for its work in the local community around the country for assisting Disabled Veterans. As a part of the Chapter’s mission, they recognize and celebrate organizations that Uplift and make a difference in the community. President Mr. Ken Douglas of the Iota Iota Chapter said, “We are proud of the work that our Brother Steven Harper is doing not only in our local community here in Raleigh, NC but he has been traveling around the country making a difference in the lives of veterans injured in war. We are extremely proud of his work and he deserves this award.”
November 14, 2015
HATS OFF TO THE ORGANIZERS OF THE MEL CLARKE OPEN – A TERRIFIC MRF FUNDRAISER!
On Saturday October 24th, 24 local racquetball players met at Parkpoint Health Club in Santa Rosa, California for the 2015 Mel Clarke Open. In honor of Mel Clarke’s distinguished military career, all proceeds from the tournament were donated to the Military Racquetball Federation. The format was round robin doubles. Men’s, women’s and mixed doubles teams were combined in one division, with the team winning the first game getting a handicap in the second game in order to level the playing field a little. Teams were divided into three groups of four, and play was very competitive but friendly. After almost six hours of play, the top team in each group and the team with the overall next best record met in the semis. The final featured Scott Steffen and Steve Wattz against Larry Pack and Robin Guilfoyle, with Scott and Steve winning in a tiebreaker to repeat their victory of last year.
Nancy Clarke organized a raffle and silent auction with help from Nidia Funes and Lorenzo Freschet, raising additional funds for MRF. Raffle and silent auction items were donated by Nidia Funes, Ektelon, MRF, Nancy Clarke, Parkpoint Club, Niamh Winslow and Barry Lynes. Parkpoint Health Club served a delicious lunch and provided drinks for the participants. Greg Falkenthal and Barry Lynes covered the cost of dinner. All the players had a great time, and everyone showed their strong support for the Military Racquetball Federation. This was a great day of racquetball for an excellent cause, and a donation of $1,800 was sent to the MRF so they can continue their quest of using racquetball as a rehabilitation tool for our wounded service members and veterans.
Two large photos of Mel Clarke were on hand so that Mel could ensure the proceedings were handled correctly, and our buddy would be proud of what we achieved in his name. Thanks go out to Parkpoint Clubs for donating the use of their facility every year for this event, and Tournament Director Barry Lynes is intending to continue with this annual tournament for as long as possible.
Congratulations to all the participants and thank you so very much for your continued support!