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 7, 2016
MID-ATLANTIC JBMHH RACQUETBALL TOURNAMENT
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.
Racquetworld is proud to be a founding partner of the Military Racquetball Federation.
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!