ACHIEVEMENTS FROM 2011

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December 24, 2011

WHAT A YEAR FOR MRF AND STILL MOVING FORWARD!!

This past year has truly been challenging but definitely rewarding! We at Military Racquetball Federation want to sincerely THANK YOU for this past year. We have made a huge impact not only for the sport of racquetball, but for those who have been severely injured in combat – finding a new means of a healing process through the sport of racquetball.

MRF started the year hosting several Military Racquetball Rehabilitative Clinics (RRC) that ranged from Fort Dix / McGuire AFB, NY (where we had the honor work with Mr. Ruben Gonzalez as our special guest), Fort Jackson, SC and Fort Gordon, GA. These clinics proved that racquetball can make a serious impact in soldiers' lives. There were new racquetball base chapters added in 2011; MacDill AFB and Camp Pendleton who were able to host base-wide shootouts and leagues in support of MRF's mission.

With the guidance of Mr. Jack Hughes (MRF's National Project Coordinator) and those special racquetball players (too many to single out), we were able to raise close to $6,000 in support of our Rehabilitative Racquetball Clinics. Many bases hosted these demonstrations including Fort Sam Houston – Center for the Intrepid (CFI) in San Antonio, TX. This state of the art medical facility houses the best rehabilitation medical program for our troops coming back; treating injures (ranging from amputations, major burns, and wheelchair adaption). From that April clinic, we were able to form special bonds with some brave soldiers such as; Cpt JJ Guerrero, US Army - who lost his leg in a road-side bomb, but also competed in four different "Ride 2 Recovery" (R2R), which included; California Challenge (cycling from San Francisco to Los Angeles) twice. Others like Cpt Ryan Miller, US Army (Ret) – a graduate of West Point Academy and the cousin to the 5 time world champion – Sudsy Monchik. Ryan also lost his leg in combat when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb, but that has not stopped him because as soon Ryan retired, he went on and is now attending Harvard University Business School Program! There is SSgt Marcia Roberts who was introduced to racquetball by MRF during the clinic held in San Antonio, TX and who was the special guest of honor during this year's 3 Wallball World Championships in Las Vegas. JJ and Marcia are now serving with us as our new Advisory Council members as well Mr. Michael Carrasquillo – a Wounded Warrior and huge advocate for MRF as a Council member.

Special Thanks and Congratulations goes out to both Kimo Hansen as a MRF Texas representative and Mr. Herman Brooks for this year's Military Racquetball Federation's PLAYER of the YEAR! We also welcome and look forward to working with both our partners; International Racquetball Tour (IRT) and Pets-for-Vets. Both organizations truly support our soldiers and the vision of MRF.

I personally want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holidays – can't wait to see what 2012 brings for us in the racquetball community! If you wish to join us in some of these new ventures, please contact me at: steven@militaryracquetball.com to see how you might be able to help with our mission.

Steven Harper, MRF

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December 24, 2011

METROPLEX RACQUETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Savannah

Arlington, Texas - The 2012 Metroplex Racquetball Championships, will begin February 3-5 at The Maverick Athletic Club in Arlington, TX. The tournament will feature nearly 250 players competing in over 30 divisions separated by age and skill. This tournament is considered one of racquetball's premier events and will also serve as a fundraiser for the Military Racquetball Federation. The Maverick has been hosting racquetball tournaments since opening in 1980 and is locally owned and operated by Robert Sullins, a military army veteran.

This year's event will benefit the Military Racquetball Federation (MRF) which provides Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics (RRC) that help wounded soldiers as they return home from the current conflicts. The MRF assists wounded warriors while promoting fitness, enhancing rehabilitation, and building camaraderie for service members and their families. This program is unique because it is designed to focus on both physical and mental attributes for the soldiers suffering from the affects of combat (PTSD/TBI) including amputees and wheelchair bound patients. Most service members returning from combat have lost limbs (amputees) and are wheelchair bound for life. However, soldiers dealing with amputated limbs are making progress and seeing them learn to walk again is powerful medicine.

"This type of event raises awareness not only for racquetball but most importantly for an organization such as the Military Racquetball Federation and their programs," said Leo R. Vasquez, Event Director. "We will offer special military divisions for men and women of the armed services so they can compete as well. Retired or active duty personnel are invited to play. I am thrilled to be involved and I hope everyone can come see some great racquetball and support a wonderful cause."

The event will also feature a special silent auction throughout the weekend to benefit the Military Racquetball Federation along with a Casino Night Party on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. for participants and guests.

The tournament begins Friday, at the Maverick Athletic Club located at 1919 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Arlington, TX. There is no charge for spectators to view the action. Special events are scheduled throughout the weekend for players and spectators. Updates will also be provided via the Maverick Athletic Club website at www.themav.com

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December 21, 2011

2012 SAVANNAH OUTDOOR TOURNAMENT(S) ANNOUNCED

Savannah

TOURNAMENT INFO:
Dates: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr & Jun 2012
Entry Cost: $20.00 / division
Annual WOR Membership: $15.00
POC: Lem @ (912) 220-8901
Address of event:
1850 E. Montgomery Crosslands
Savannah, GA 31406
Entry Form: Savannah Tournament

**Proceeds will go towards the
Rehabilitation Racquetball Clinics (RRC)**

 

December 21, 2011

2012 FORT BRAGG TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCED

FortBragg

TOURNAMENT INFO:
Dates: Jan 6th-7th
Entry Cost: FREE
Phone number is: (919) 396-1217
Entry Deadline is: 04JAN, 2012 @ 12:00pm

 

December 17, 2011

PETS FOR VETS, INC. AND MRF FORM A PARTNERSHIP

"The Pets for Vets program is dedicated to providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America's veterans who could benefit from a companion animal."

 

Pets

Portland, Oregon, December 15, 2011 – The Military Racquetball Federation (MRF) is pleased to announce a partnership with Pets for Vets, Inc. (PFV) to support their efforts and the mutual goal of assisting Wounded Warriors. MRF will be a vehicle to raise awareness, as well as funds, for PFV by providing exposure through MRF media outlets, events, and dedicated promotions.

Pets for Vets will be provided opportunities at MRF events to distribute literature, show videos plus have representatives and dogs on site. In addition, MRF will utilize its partners like USA Racquetball and its state affiliate organizations, racquetball manufacturers, and even IRT professional players to promote this partnership and extend the reach and awareness.

Major events like the MRF National Championships, the 3 Wallball World Championships, and the World Outdoor Racquetball National Championships will feature this partnership and provide exposure for the two organizations mutual support of Wounded Warriors.

Hank Marcus, MRF Co-Founder, was enthusiastic about this new partnership and commented; "Pets for Vets is a great initiative supporting the healing process for Wounded Warriors who have made great sacrifices for our country returning from battle with injuries of all levels. It is one of our key programs at the MRF to help support these Wounded Warriors by offering them the opportunity to learn and perhaps ultimately compete in the sport of racquetball."

Clarissa Black, Founder of Pets for Vets, is excited about partnering with MRF. "MRF has already changed the lives of numerous veterans and this partnership will provide both organizations additional opportunities to positively impact more Wounded Warriors. "

Pets for Vets is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose goal is to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter dog that is specially selected to match his or her personality. Professional animal trainers rehabilitate the dogs and teach them good manners to fit into the veteran's lifestyle. Training can also include desensitization to wheel chairs or crutches as well as recognizing panic or anxiety disorder behaviors.

www.pets-for-vets.com

December 4, 2011

ONE OF AMERICA'S HEROES

MRF would like to thank Kim Cameron, Mrs. Helen Atkins, and the Atkins Family as we pay our respect to a True Hero!

We at MRF THANK YOU sincerely for your contribution to the RRC Program. Without your belief in our rehabiliatitve clinics and your father's sacrife, these clinics to support our Wounded Warriors would not be possible.

My Hero

James L. Atkins, LT. USN Retired

"My Hero"

My dad has always been my hero. It took me a long time to realize that my dad is one of America's heroes, as well. Like many of his generation, he is a quiet hero; seldom talking about himself or his many wartime experiences. It wasn't until I was in my 20's, that my dad actually shared some of those experiences with me. Then, occasionally over the years, another story would emerge. I wonder how many stories he never told.

It's July 1940. Imagine if you can, being a kid from middle-of-nowhere Texas who, after two years in the CCC, convinces his dad to sign the papers to get him into the Navy before his 18th birthday. The next thing you know, you're at boot camp in San Diego, seeing palm trees and the ocean for the first time. You board a ship for the first time. You attend more school than you ever thought possible as you learn everything you possibly can about diesel engines and all of the electrical systems aboard a ship. You even learn how to swim.

Suddenly, it is December 7, 1941. You are aboard the USS Chandler (DMS-9), a minesweeper, on a training exercise off the Hawaiian Islands when Pearl Harbor is attacked. For two agonizing days, your ship is held off shore in case the enemy returns. You can't believe the devastation that meets your eyes as you return to port. Due to your size and knowledge of ships, you are selected to dive into two of the partially sunken ships to look for survivors. For hours, you dive and swim past so many fallen sailors. Finally, against all odds, you find a sailor who is still alive and bring him up to the surface. Shortly after that jubilant moment, the task of bringing the fallen up begins. You are 19 years old.

In June 1942, you are part of the commissioning crew of the USS Fletcher (DD-445), the first of a new class of destroyers. By October, the ship arrives at Guadalcanal and becomes a vital part of the Navy's war in the Pacific. The crew nicknamed her the "Lucky 13" because her hull numbers totaled 13. She was the 13th in line of Task Force 67 (13 again!) at the "Friday the 13th" November Battle of Guadalcanal. After engaging the enemy at the Battle of Tassafaronga, the Fletcher rescued 646 survivors of the torpedoed cruiser USS Northampton.

For three more long years, the Fletcher participates in numerous battles in the Solomon and Marshall Islands, supports General MacArthur's jungle campaign along New Guinea's north coast, participates in the Philippine Liberation, sweeps for mines in Subic Bay, and so many more engagements. At the end of 1945, the Fletcher leaves the war zone for the last time. You are 23 years old.

Dad's Navy career continued with postings in many different states and countries with land and sea duty stations. He patrolled the off the Korean coast during the height of the Korean War. One of my Dad's dreams came true around the 20-year mark: Officers Candidate School! A much coveted reward for his service. He was so proud.

A tour of duty in Taiwan as an advisor to the Republic of China's Navy with the entire family in tow is next. Then, the Vietnam War took Dad away from home for almost 3 years, as the Engineering Officer of the USS Graffias (AF-29). At the end of the 3rd tour, Dad retired from active duty, having served 30 years. He was surprised by the attitude of the American public towards those who served during this war. It was so different from his WWII experience.

To celebrate my Dad's 85th birthday a few years ago, he and I took a cruise around the San Francisco Bay on the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, a restored Liberty ship. He wore a hat that his family had given him to show the world his service to his country. We couldn't walk more than a dozen yards without being stopped by other visitors to the ship. These visitors would thank my dad for his service and shake his hand. Many saluted. Some shared stories of their own service or a Dad's service. My Dad tried to spend all of his time in the Engine Room, talking with the volunteer crew and getting his hands dirty. He said it was like coming home.

The Navy. My Dad chose it and lived it for 70 years. My Mom married into it. My brothers and I were born into it. It sent my Dad to three wars and kept him away from home for months and months at a time. It moved my parents 17 times in 30 years. It gave us the opportunity to travel to and live in many different places. It housed us in everything from Quonset huts to mansions. It gave us lifetime friends, who were there when family couldn't be there.

In December, the Navy will bury my Dad. The flag will be folded and presented to my Mom. Taps will be played. A gravestone with an etching of his service medals will be put in place. A well-earned final salute to an American hero; to my hero.

My Hero

December 1, 2011

A SUPREME BENEFIT

This article was lost and now its been found

August 2011

Every 2-3 months Supreme Court 1 in Sunnyvale hosts a mixer/potluck that attracts 40-50 players from around the Bay Area. We play, we eat, we talk smack, we have a great time. Our August 20th mixer was extra special since it was a benefit for the Military Racquetball Federation, which incorporates racquetball in the rehabilitation of wounded U.S. soldiers. Players were divided into 4-player teams and played round-robin doubles throughout the afternoon, when they weren't wolfing down some of the great guacamole dip (thank you Jose Martinez!) and chips or sushi or any of the other desserts or dishes. One-third of the players were women, which always improves a mixer or tourney.

The MRF was brought to my attention by Jack Hughes, who is on the MRF board and, along with Terry Rogers, gives up much of his time to put on these events. Jack and Ektelon contributed the balls, and an assortment of racquetball gear for the auction. Al Muranaga of Pro Am Sports contributed items to the auction as well, and four backpack bags as prizes for the winning team. We're proud that a simple mixer like this raised over $650 in entry fees and donations, which Supreme owner Dave Ralstin basically matched by kicking in another $600. That $1250+ will fund the racquetball-related rehabilitation of 5 wounded veterans for a whole year. Imagine that…

If your club would like to host an MRF benefit of some sort, contact Jack Hughes. And if you see an MRF benefit being held close to you, please participate. The simplest events have a lasting ripple effect that can change the lives of veterans you may never meet but whom will be truly thankful for your efforts. For more nformation about the MRF, go to www.militaryracquetball.com.

 

See you on the courts,
Gene Pare

November 13, 2011

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT,
LAGUNA CREEK RACQUET CLUB

On Veteran's Day weekend 2011, Laguna Creek Racquet Club was honored to support our brave military heroes through the Wounded Warrior Program which serves thousands of soldiers returning home with both the physical and invisible wounds of war.

The day began with a Racquetball Tournament which was attended by many members from our local Spare Time Clubs. Military Officers from the California National Guard greeted guests and reminded everyone that the greatest casualty is being forgotten. A bake sale was held and as always, club members opened their hearts and wallets to support our troops.

Thank you to everyone who participated and made the event an amazing success!

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November 7, 2011

WOUNDED SOLDIERS LEARN TO GET BACK IN THE GAME

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November 7, 2011

TOY DRIVE SHOOTOUT

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November 2, 2011

2011 MRF NATIONAL RACQUETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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For the third year, the MRF honored its 2010-2011 Rankings Champions with the attending players personally receiving their certificate at the awards banquet. As an added feature, we presented our Outstanding Achievement Award to Honoree – Herman Lee Brooks. Sr. for his faithful and constant support for the MRF. We were joined once again by Cmdr. Dean Buck, the "father" of San Diego racquetball. An update on what has been going on for the MRF in 2011 touched on the exhibition given to Wounded Warriors at the Intrepid Center in TX and the beginning of the 8 week RRC program and Ft. Dix/McGuire AFB in NJ. Beyond providing support for those in warzones and in the US with competitive opportunities, this is a significant focus for the MRF. Jack Hughes gave an update on the successes of the last few months which saw 3 clubs in California host racquetball fundraisers for the RRC program bringing in almost $4000. We hope you will join us in our pursuits by going to your Athletic Directors and arranging for racquetball fundraisers with proceeds going to the RRC program. We invite those who support MRF to help us land grants or funds from foundations to allow the MRF to continue our programs to promote healing and health through racquetball.

SPECIAL THANKS

First, we send our thanks to the 32nd Street Naval Base's MWR for allowing our event to take place each year. Their sports staff, Terri Thomas, Quincy, Alex, Lani & Doc are credible helpful! Our special thanks go to Racquet World, Ektelon, E-Force and Patriot Outreach for the goodies that were placed in each player's welcome bag and their year-round support of the MRF mission. Also to Son Nguyen of ONESHOT for our tournament shirts. We have Tim Rea at TravCar rentals to thank for providing our players' transportation needs at very good pricing! Also we want to send a special note of thanks to Jack Scott of the National Fibromyalgia Research Association for hosting the Rankings Champions banquet. Jack has been an annual supporter of the MRF since the beginning.

The MRF couldn't survive without the generous and unfailing support of Ektelon & E-Force who have stepped up every time we get a message from our soldiers stationed abroad to send equipment and event support to bring a little bit of home/racquetball to these folks. For these sponsors, we are very grateful. There is room for more support from racquetball manufacturers and others.

2011 MRF Military National Racquetball Championships

Held for the 4th year at 32nd Street Naval Base, we enjoyed great competition from all the branches of service and were able to stay at one location this year. We had players travel from Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Arizona and Nevada as well as folks from all over California to participate in the Military National Championships. Jack Hughes and Terri Rogers handled the tournament desk duties like the seasoned pros that they are!!! Great job!! !! A special thank you should go to Peggine Tellez for taking care of the hospitality, housing and entry responsibilities. Don Volland, a local that just wants to help each and every year, Pete Chemielewski, Jimmy Vequezo & Herman Brooks volunteered to be our gophers!! The players make this a terrific tournament to host with their professional attitudes and "eager to help" enthusiasm. We hope you enjoyed the hospitality and the great games! We had an all Navy Mens Open Final with Chhem Young-pen besting Thomas Payne in a thrilling 3 game match. Look below for full results. Photos to be posted on the Gallery page.

We had an all Navy Mens Open Final with Chhem Young-pen besting Thomas Payne in a thrilling 3 game match.

Results

Mens Open:
1st: Chhem Young- Pen
2nd: Thomas Payne

Mens Elite:
1st: Lorenzo Rivera
2nd: O. Rion Ocampo

Mens A:
1st: Devin Clark
2nd: Mustafa Abdus-salaam

Mens B:
1st: Manual Carreno
2nd: Ryan Guffey

Mens C:
1st: William Vargas
2nd: Bruce Cole

Mens 25A:
1st: Manual Carreno

Mens 35A:
1st: Devin Clark
2nd: Oscar Ocampo

Mens 30:
1st: Justin Fisher

Mens 40:
1st: Jerry Turley
2nd: Jimmy Vequezo

Mens 45:
1st: Lorenzo Rivera

Mens 35C:
1st: Ray Brown
2nd: Joseph Coleman

Mens 45B:
1st: Brad Acuff
2nd: Ray Bower

Mens 45A:
1st: Yee Cheng
2nd: Rod Sharrar

Mens 50:
1st: Steven Ferrell

Mens 55B:
1st: Victor Orosco
2nd: Dudley Hackett

Mens 55C:
1st: Robert Chavez
2nd: Henry Breckman

Mens 60:
1st: Frank Taddonio
2nd: Mike Cameron

Mens 65:
1st: Hank Estrada

Mens 65A:
1st: Bill Dunker

Mens 35 Doubles:
1st: Turley/Cheng

Mens 55 Doubles:
1st: Kelley Painter/Pete Chemielewski
2nd: Jon Christ/Mike Pawka

Mens O Doubles:
1st: Keith Kaui/ Payne
2nd: Herman Brooks/Mustfa

Mens A Doubles:
1st: Painter/ Chemielewski
2nd: Christ/Pawka

Mens B Doubles:
1st: Eric Brinker/Guffey
2nd: Ray Bower/Chavez

Mens C Doubles:
1st: Brown/Ferrell
2nd: Dan Vargas/Wil Vargas

September 27, 2011

MRF PARTICIPATING IN 3 WALLBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM LAS VEGAS

"In support of Wounded Warriors, THANKS to 3 Wallball & World Outdoor Racquetball for participating in a one-day shootout to raise funds to support the MRF Rehabiliation Racquetball Clinics."

Las Vegas Group Shot

MRF CHARITY DOUBLES PARTICIPANTS
(L to R): Mikel Faulkner, Steven Harper, Aimee Ruiz, Robby Johnson, Craig Lane, Tom Moore, Cliff Swain and Geoff Holmes

The only words that can possible describe this past weekend in Las Vegas are, WOW, WOW and O.M.G. (Ohhh My God)! What a time in Vegas. Special Thanks to Mike Coulter, Hank Marcus, and Steve Lerner (all who brought the 3 WallBall Championships alive on the Vegas Strip at the Stratosphere Hotel) was nothing but amazing. If you have never been to Vegas before, this is a great excuse to get away and see the famous town. This five-day event started out with a fund-raiser in support of the MRF's Rehabilitative Racquetball Clinic (RRC) with a 4 team Charity Doubles featuring outdoor pros & generous amateurs. At the same time, Steven Harper of MRF was interviewed by local TV Station (FOX News) on the purpose of the RRC – Helping severely wounded warriors and their involvement in racquetball. (The video link will be posted later this week).

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The Honor Guard presenting the National Colors during a sun-set ceremony, with SSGT Roberts as the special Guest of Honor

There were so many things to do for the entire family, not just including playing racquetball. Some things included were; for those first time visitors (like me), once you left the airport – you ride down Las Vegas Blvd to the first thing you see is the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign. *A must see item*, especially if you arrive at night. The city itself is a showpiece of bright lights. As you are riding down the Strip to get to the Stratosphere, and if you are lucky, you will see the famous Water and Light show from the famous Bellagio Hotel. The next sight you will see is the famous replica New York New York city-view and the famous Eiffel Tower of Pars. All before you get to your hotel, the grand Stratosphere Hotel, where if you don't leave the grounds of the hotel, there are still so many things to see within the hotel itself. From the full floor of nothing but casino slot machines, blackjack tables, and etc. as far as your eyes can see. Several diners and restaurants to choose from, and the players were treated to the hotel's buffet dinner (where you could easily gain 8lbs over the weekend). Not to mention several shows in the hotel, but the main attraction was on the roof; there was a ride called the "Sky Jump" if your heart and courage would allow you, you could jump from the tower to the hotel ground floor at a height of 855 ft, falling at a rate of 40mph!!!! Good luck to that one (and NO I didn't', not this time). One other sight that is a MUST; while in Vegas, you have to go see Hoover Dam. It is one of the top 8 attractions in the world. I highly recommend it, only a 40-minute drive away from Las Vegas.

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The Honor Guard, Steven Harper and SSG Roberts

The tournament itself was fantastic! A lot of play time, especially playing at night under the lights; just something about that feeling that gives your ego a boost. There were over 500 players competing in this year's event, which included racquetball, handball, and paddleball divisions. The tournament allowed for a combined Uniform division (comprised of Military, Police, and Firefighters) – first time this was allowed at the national event. Some of the greats were on-hand; Ruben, Rocky, Cliff, Chris, Alvaro, Javier, Clubber, Greg, just to name a few…….All matches were exciting and fun to watch. Although, everyone got a sun-tan (whether you wanted it or not) the weather was Great! Funny though this year, it rained on Saturday night for about an hour. However, the main event took place after the rain stopped. SSGT Marcia Roberts – US Army, who was introduced to racquetball by an MRF one-day clinic held at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX was the highlight of the entire weekend event. With the coordination of Steven Harper – MRF, the Honor Guard from NELLIS Air Force Base truly put on a show that made anyone proud to be an American. The Honor Guard presented the National Colors during an evening sunset ceremony and SSGT Roberts was the special Guest of Honor. There wasn't a dry eye during the ceremony, as those who looked on were treated a special tribute to those who gave their lives serving this country or severely wounded protecting our freedom. A musical selection of TAPS was played to bring the house down, and then Steven gave a speech to honor those serving in uniform.

I highly recommend that you plan to make next year's event. This is something that you want to be part of!!! See you in San Diego, California for the All Military National Racquetball Championships October 28 – 30, 2011.

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August 29, 2011

RRC PROGRAM SPECIAL GUEST TO BE AT VEGAS CHARITABLE EVENT IN SUPPORT OF WOUNDED WARRIORS

Morris-Roberts

Staff Sergeant (SSG) US Army Marcia B. Morris-Roberts... In March 2010, her life was changed forever... diagnosed with (Systemic Erythamotosis Lupus), her hands and feet turned necrotic (black tissue), and ultimately turned to gangrene because she had suffered from frost-bite while attending school in TN...

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August 28, 2011

PRO-AM DOUBLES BENEFIT AT 2011 3 WALLBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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POC:Steve Lerner:
steve@classicproracquetball
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August 15, 2011

NEW Base Chapter: MACDILL AFB,FL

MacDill Air Force Base is located eight miles south of Tampa, Florida on the Southwestern tip of the Interbay Peninsula in Hillsborough County. The region is often referred to as "Tampa Bay" which is a seven-county region on Florida's west coast offering a diversity of communities.

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August 8, 2011

~~ MRF NATIONALS UPDATE ~~

There's a date change to Military Nationals!! New dates are October 28-30. The flyer can be found under the Calendar of Events tab.

August 4, 2011

AERA SCHEDULE UPDATE

  • Wiesbaden Splat Attack Tournament
    (Wiesbaden, Germany) 20-21 Aug 2011
    http://www.r2sports.com/tourney.asp?TID=8574
  • US Air Force Europe Championships
    (Ramstein AB, Germany) September
  • Columbus Day Doubles Tournament
    (Mannheim, Germany)15-16 Oct 2011
  • Bamberg Turkey Day Shootout
    (Bamberg, Germany) November (Tentative)
  • Heidelberg Angel Tree Rollout
    (Heidelberg, Germany) 10-11 December 2011
  • New Year's Knockout
    (Vicenza, Italy) January 2012 (Tentative)
  • Aviano Winter Showdown
    (Aviano, Italy) February 2012
  • July 25, 2011

    A HOME FOR WOMEN HOMELESS VETS – SUPPORTED BY THE 1ST LADY, MICHELLE OBAMA

    1st Lady with Steven Harper

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    Fayetteville, N.C. — A crew working on a boarding house for homeless women veterans got a hand Thursday from a prominent volunteer: first lady Michelle Obama.

    The first lady joined the crew of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Thursday (July 21, 2001) afternoon to the cheers of a crowd that had been waiting for hours in the nearly 100-degree heat to catch a glimpse.

    The effort is being led by Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy veteran who runs the project, called Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House as a shelter for women veterans. Her own home the facility that housed several of women veterans displaced in Fayetteville, NC due to lack of a support network that would get them back on their feet. This home was demolished to make room for the new building. The entire episode is scheduled to air in October 21st.

    Extreme Makeover Bus

    Chip Smith, owner of Blue Ridge Log Cabins, the primary contractor on the project, said as many as 150 volunteers have worked as late as 2 a.m. some nights to tear down the old house and build the new one. A crowd of at least several hundred cheered after seeing Obama in the greenhouse Thursday afternoon, a few hours before the finished house was unveiled.

    July 7, 2011

    IRT JOINS MRF TO SUPPORT TROOPS AND WOUNDED WARRIORS

    IRT and MRF

    The men's professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) has partnered with Military Racquetball Federation (MRF), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, to enhance its ongoing programs while raising the level of public awareness for the group's efforts. The MRF promotes and supports racquetball events for service members in the United States and abroad, including in war zones, while also assisting wounded warriors with rehabilitation.

    Steven Harper, LCDR USN (Ret.) and MRF Executive Director commented on the impact of the agreement. "The union between the IRT and MRF is enormous! This will give us the ability to promote healing and fitness for service members who were severely injured in combat while also increasing their exposure to racquetball professionals. Additionally, having the IRT as a partner will give us even more credibility when briefing the higher echelon of the military on our contribution to helping those in their rehabilitation needs. We definitely welcome this partnership with the IRT as we move forward in our endeavors."

    The two organizations have a history of cooperation, noted by MRF Co-Founder, Hank Marcus. "The IRT and its players have supported MRF, beginning with the exhibitions on the USS BONHOMME RICHARD based in San Diego. This agreement creates a true partnership that will benefit our troops here in the United States, overseas, and our Wounded Warriors involved in the MRF Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics program. IRT brings a unique exposure to the MRF cause."

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    Jason Mannino and Steven Harper

    The professional athletes who compete on the IRT will have specific opportunities to work with service members, according to IRT President, Jason Mannino. "It is a personal, and professional honor for me to support the United States Military. The IRT players are excited for the opportunity to help the MRF grow awareness of our sport. From what I understand, there are over five hundred racquetball courts on military bases throughout the world, and, in the near future, I would like to see IRT players speaking to our troops about the mental and physical benefits of racquetball."

    Look for many of the top racquetball professionals to make appearances at MRF events, display the MRF logo, and participate in a series of fundraisers and cross promotions organizational websites, Facebook, and other media outlets.

    The IRT is the governing body of Men's Professional Racquetball. For additional information contact Jen Sinclair Johnson, IRT Director of Communications, Jen@IRT-Tour.com; 39252 Winchester Road, #107-413, Murrieta, CA 92563

    MRF is a 501(c) (3) tax-deductible corporation run and staffed exclusively by volunteers. For additional information contact Steven Harper, MRF Co-Founder, steven@militaryracquetball.com

    MRF is dedicated to promoting racquetball programs and events for United States service members home and abroad, including support of events for our troops in war zones. Additionally, the MRF is committed to assisting Wounded Warriors with their rehabilitation through the Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics (RRC). This program's focus is the use of racquetball as rehabilitation for both the physical and mental challenges suffered from combat.

    June 27, 2011

    RAMSTEIN INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

    Chris and Vic

    Team Ektelon Military Team Host International Tournament In Germany

    The Ektelon flame was burning and on full display as Team Ektelon Military Team members Chris D'Avino and Vic Farrier hosted an invitational tournament on Ramstein AB, Germany 18-19 June. Both are also active members of the Military Racquetball Federation (MRF) and the American-European Racquetball Association (AERA) who are active in promoting racquetball throughout Europe.

    Chris

    Chris D'Avino

    Cases of Ektelon Classic Black balls were primed for play and the spirit of competition was in the air. With its central location, Ramstein was an ideal location for a tournament that attracted military members and Department of Defense civilians from all over Europe as well as foreign national players from Germany, France, Austria, and Bolivia.

    Ramstein AB has four panel courts and three hard courts split between two facilities which supported the 2-day tournament with ease and the local area outside the base was more than able to support the needs of all arriving players. Chris and Vic handled the scheduling, logistics, and support pieces with ease and represented the Ektelon brand throughout the tournament with banners, promotional items, and racquets available for demo.

    Vic

    Vic Farrier

    Chris was recently selected as a U.S. Air Force Racquetball Team member and attended the Ektelon U.S. Nationals in Fullerton, CA. He was able to talk to sponsored players representing other manufacturers about the new vision for Ektelon as a company, the outstanding new products, and how Ektelon has given him and Vic the opportunity to grow racquetball participation and promote the sport through tournaments such as the one at Ramstein. Even though the racquets being demo'ed were last seasons, his first hand knowledge of the new line of equipment from the U.S. Nationals was key.

    Overall, the tournament was a huge success. Many players played more racquetball in two days than they had in the prior month. The tournament featured eight first-time tournament participants who got to experience skill division, age division, and doubles competition. Many players arrived with chips on their shoulders only to leave with plans to re-address court strategy and to tweak game plans in preparation for the next tournament – the spirit of competition at it's finest!

    In closing, the tournament will have a lasting impact on the local military community and all of the soldiers, sailors, Airman, and Marines currently supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Team Ektelon Military Team is proud to announce that the Ramstein tournament raised over $550.00 to support Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC), local Mission Saving Our Wounded (MSOW) initiatives and Wounded Warrior projects designed to support our war wounded and their recovery.

    June 20, 2011

    RUBEN GONZALEZ AT FORT DIX

    Fort Dix

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    This past week, MRF made another impact in the Tri-State area. Soldiers of the Wounded Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) had the opportunity to learn from the Legend, Ruben Gonzalez and other great racquetball players who helped host another RRC (Rehabilitation Racquetball Clinic) at Fort Dix/McGuire AFB. The clinic was a huge success primarily because of some special guests speakers such as Ray Davis of Racquetball Roundtable, WNJC 1360 AM radio station (who also broadcasts a live show every Tuesday evening on topics dealing w/ the sport of racquetball), Jon Clay - President of Rollout Marketing Solutions Clothing / Apparel line, Tony Gattone and Aki Moore (who will be the RRC instructors for the WTU at Fort Dix as the program continues). This one-day demonstration comprised of soldiers and airmen going through several racquetball exercises to understand how to hit a "forehand" and "backhand". After they went through some fundamental drills, they then had the opportunity to get on the courts and play with Ruben. From here we will have another successful 8 week clinic running mainly because of the time and expertise donated by Tony & Aki from the local area.

    Joint Base MDL (McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst) is located 18 miles southeast of Trenton, NJ and their primary missions include; a center of excellence for training, mobilizing and deploying Army Reserve and National Guard units. It also provides regional base operations support to on-post and off-post active and reserve component units of all services; and provides a high-quality community environment, including 848 housing units for service members and their families. This base is also home to the 84th Air Base Wing and the 305th Air Mobility Wing, which has supported every major type of air mobility mission over the past 15 years. There are more than 13,500 persons who live or work within the garrison and its tenant organizations.

    June 2, 2011

    USRA NATIONALS

    Fullerton - Nationals

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    "Sunny California proved to be another state attraction for racquetball players. With over 500 some players to compete in this year's National Racquetball Championship hosted by the USRA, this year proved to be the home of some great matches.....

    The United States Air Force Racquetball Team presented the National Flag as part of the Opening Ceremony"

    "MRF has teamed up w/ some legends to help advance the new Rehabilitation Racquetball Clinics (RRC) on different military bases. One legend in particular - Ruben Gonzalez who is on a personal mission to be ranked in the top 10 international racquetball players by the age of 60. Ruben will hopefully be joining us in some one-day demonstrations in the near future.

    During this National Championship proved to be invaluable, because MRF has also teamed up the Legendary Coach Jim Winterton who will help launch and elevate the military's RRC program, not only on military bases but also within the USRA."

    Military Results

    Men's Military 30+:
    1st: Reid Percivalle
    2nd: Rik Lepine
    3rd: Ricky Villanueva

    Men's Military 40+:
    1st- Ian Chin
    2nd- Rabbit Rogers
    3rd- Orlando Mayo

    Men's Military B/C:
    1st: Cliff Peterson
    2nd: Michael Malcolm
    3rd: Chris D'avino

    Men's Military Open/A:
    1st: C. J. Shaffer
    2nd: Mark Fuhrmann
    3rd: Reid Percivalle

    ** There wasn't a Women's Military Division **

    May 22, 2011

    MRF HOSTS KUWAIT EVENT

    Ali Al Salem

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    MRF hosted the first event ever at Ali Al Salem AB last week with over 50 players!

    Next up is a combined event including Camp Arifjan, Yokota AB and Camp Beuring in June.

    Special thanks to Jeremiah Sutton USAF, First Sergeant 386th Expeditionary Operations Group for running the event & to Racquet World, E-Force, & Ektelon for their continued support of MRF & our troops.

    May 17, 2011

    FIRST MRF FUNDRAISER

    Parkpoint Health Club in Santa Rosa, California hosted a fundraiser for the Military Racquetball Federation on Saturday May 7th. Sixteen brave players turned out to play doubles with tiny racquets from the 70s and 80s, with prizes given for the most convincing 70s and 80s outfits. Parkpoint provided lunch for all participants, and a raffle was also held, with the winners picking up racquetball equipment, bottles of wine and MRF T-shirts. Jack Hughes of MRF was on hand to explain the work of MRF and to urge the players to watch a computerized slideshow.

    The standard of play was exceptionally average as a result of the racquets, but there was a lot of laughter and everyone had a great time.

    Barry Lynes, Parkpoint's Director of Racquetball, said "This was an opportunity for a group of good friends to laugh and make fools of ourselves, while doing something really worthwhile for a great cause. We are proud to have raised $800 for the Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics, a major project of the MRF. Our Wounded Warriors have earned our support, and I challenge every racquetball club in the country to step up to the plate and hold a fundraiser for MRF".


    ParkPoint, Santa Rosa Club Website

    April 25, 2011

    ONE DAY RETRO RACQUETBALL EVENT IN
    SANTA ROSA, CA., FOR THE MRF

    Racquetballers,

    Parkpoint Club in Santa Rosa, CA., will be hosting a Retro Racquetball Fundraiser on Saturday May 7th from 10 am to 4 pm for the Military Racquetball Foundation.

    Entry is $20 and 100% of the proceeds will go to Wounded Warriors to participate in racquetball rehabilitation clinics.

    We will be playing round-robin doubles with tiny racquets from the 70s and 80s. If you don't have an old racquet, we'll supply one. Dress up the way you did in the 70s and 80s and win a prize for best costume.

    Dress up, play racquetball, have fun with your friends and support a really great cause. It doesn't get any better than that ! Oh, and snacks and lunch are included and drinks are discounted !

    I'm attaching a flier for the Racquetball Fundraiser, and a flier describing the work of the Military Racquetball Federation.

    Please contact Parkpoint Club to sign up soon - space is limited so don't miss out on this. If you can't make it on May 7th, but want to make a donation to support the Military Racquetball Federation, please contact me by e-mail to make arrangements.

    Hope to see you all there.

    Barry


    Event Flyer
    ParkPoint, Santa Rosa Club Website

    April 9, 2011

    CENTER OF INTREPID - SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

    San_Antonio

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    MRF'S RACQUETBALL REHABILITATION CLINIC PROGRAM VISITS SAN ANTONIO - COURAGE, BRAVERY, and RELENTLESSNESS…

    Brave soldiers injured in combat either in Iraq or Afghanistan are now improving their lives at the CENTER OF INTREPID (CFI) or the WOUNDED WARRIOR TRANSISTION BATTALION (WTB) at Fort Sam Houston Army Base in San Antonio, TX. Our 3-day adventure (April 4th thru the 6th) started out on Monday, where MRF had the unique opportunity to take a special tour of the INTREPID (this place is known to the soldiers on their long road to recovery), thanks to Kathy Rasmussen – the Center's Health System Specialist. This $50 million-dollar four-story 65,000 square foot facility was donated by over 600,000 Americans through private donations. Patients are challenged by state-of-the-art physical and occupational therapy, demanding and challenging sports equipment, and virtual reality systems. They benefit from individualized case management, access to behavioral medicine services, and in-house prosthetic fitting and fabrication. The Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) provides virtual reality training, the Motion Analysis Lab allows specialists to detect gait deviations not discernable to the naked eye. The CAREN is a 21ft dome w/ a 300 degree screen upon which a variety of "virtual realities" (real-life imagery of different environments) to where service members are integrated into the environment – just as a true Avatar! This simulator is the first of its kind in the world. During a typical week, 140-145 different patients are seen. During the first year of operation, there were over 28,000 patient visits documented at the CFI. The Center is dedicated to those service members severely wounded whose selfless sacrifices for our nation entitled them to the best rehabilitative care possible.

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    ONE DAY SPENT W/ WOUNDED WARRIORS AT FORT SAM HOUSTON:

    MRF's Shi T. Ting of Raleigh, NC, Herman Brooks, USMC (Ret), Mustafa Salaam, US Army (Ret) and Tracey Robinson of Arlington, TX came together to spend 3 days to share their wealth of insight and knowledge of racquetball with soldiers who had never experienced this sport before. On Tuesday morning (April 5th), we started our day by making "roll-call" with the WTB Company (approximately 80 wounded soldiers), our day was filled by teaching introductory drills, fundamentals of racquetball and actual court play. Spending time with the soldiers would not have been possible without the help and approval from MAJ Statham, MSG Zitta, SFC Smith, and SSG Johnson who helped coordinated this event. The Occupational Therapists are the key link to the soldiers' recovery and to making this 3-day RRC event possible. Special thanks to Dr. Sheryl Michel OTD,OTR/L, Patricia Arzola, Curtis Johnson (Recreational Therapist and former Track & Field Olympian of 2000), and Darrell Gerik (Physical Therapist) who all understand the vision and direction of MRF's RRC.

    Facebook video link:
    AN INTERVIEW W/ THE CAPTAIN

    We were also truly impressed during our last day of our clinic / demonstration by some of the relentless soldiers like that of CPT Ryan Miller, US Army (a graduate of West Point Academy and the cousin to the 5 time world champion – Sudsy Monchik). Ryan was severely injured in combat when a road-side bomb hit his vehicle, causing him to loose his leg. However, that does not stop CPT Miller at all, because before our demonstration, he had just completed a bicycle ride called "Ride 2 Recovery: Texas Challenge" – cycling between 65 to 75 miles a day from Austin to Arlington, TX with a special prosthetic leg! Others Warriors like CPT JJ Guerrero who also lost his leg in a road-side bomb, also competed in four different "Ride 2 Recovery" (R2R), which included; California Challenge (cycling from San Francisco to Los Angeles) twice, Texas Challenge, San Antonio to Dallas, and the Memorial Day Challenge, Washington, DC to Va. Beach, VA (each of these rides, he would average riding over 80 miles a day on a bike - INCREDIBLE!!). He also competed in the 2010 Warrior Games (an inter-service competition), in Colorado Springs, May 10 – taking a Gold medal in air riffle shooting. SSG Marcia Morris-Roberts who is a single mother of 3, yet is competing in this year's Paralympics swim meet in Colorado and she just recently learned how to swim! She was also the recipient of a special racquet personally donated by Herman Brooks. These soldiers are TRUE HEROES and RELENTLESS STUDS!! Although wounded, they still are doing more than the average American citizen. They GET BACK UP and GET BACK INTO THE FIGHT! Our hats go off to them.

    Facebook video link:
    ANOTHER TESTIMONY FROM THE SOLDIERS

    Always a special THANKS to RacquetWorld, Ektelon, and E–Force for the support to make these events truly possible! This event would not have been possible if not for the staff at Jimmy Brought Fitness Center; Doug Price (USAF- Ret), Al Boone, Lucian Kimble, and Ruby Sanchez. MRF's RRC program continues to expand with interest from bases throughout the United States.

    April 4, 2011

    MRF + Talk Radio =

    R-Ball Roundtable

    Steven Harper to speak on the Racquetball Roundtable radio show

    April 14 at 9pm EST (6pm PST).

    http://www.racquetballroundtable.com/ Just click on the live broadcast tab at 9pm and it will launch you right into the broadcast.

    OR

    http://www.wnjc1360am.com/ Right side of the home page is a link to Listen Live

    March 1, 2011

    MRF RRC PROGRAM MAKES A STOP IN
    NEW JERSEY AT FORT DIX/MCGUIRE AFB

    Fort Dix

    [ Photo Gallery ]

    MRF made another impact this past weekend in the Tri-State area. Soldiers of the Wounded Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) had the opportunity to participate in RRC (Rehabilitation Racquetball Clinic) in conjunction with MRF's Joint Forces North Eastern Regional Tournament held at Fort Dix/McGuire AFB. This clinic was a huge success primarily because of some surprise guests speakers such as Scott Winters, Vice President of Ektelon, Philip Chapman – US Marine Corps (Ret) a veteran who is an amputee injured during service in the Vietnam War, Craig Cassuci – Ektelon sponsored player and this weekend's tournament director, SFC Edwards of the WTU, and Steven Harper of the MRF. This demonstration comprised of soldiers and airmen going through several racquetball exercises to understand how to hit a "forehand" and "backhand". After they learned a couple of fundamental drills, they then had the opportunity to get on the courts and play both Scott Winters and Phil Chapman in some single's matches. Overall, there were approximately 20 soldiers who participated in the daylong event. By the end of the day, there were 20 soldiers who were new racquetball players!

    Joint Base MDL (McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst) is located 18 miles southeast of Trenton, NJ and their primary missions include; a center of excellence for training, mobilizing and deploying Army Reserve and National Guard units. It also provides regional base operations support to on-post and off-post active and reserve component units of all services; and provides a high-quality community environment, including 848 housing units for service members and their families. This base is also home to the 84th Air Base Wing and the 305th Air Mobility Wing, which has supported every major type of air mobility mission over the past 15 years. There are more than 13,500 persons who live or work within the garrison and its tenant organizations.

    After the clinic concluded, the following day (Saturday), the McGuire AFB Fitness Center was overrun by a multitude of players who competed in the MRF Joint Force North Eastern Regional Racquetball Tournament. The tournament grew from last year's 30 players to 51 this year who competed over the two-day shootout. There were even Cadets from West Point who competed in this year's tournament, with the anticipation of competing at this year's annual MRF National Championships that will be held in San Diego in November. Special thanks to tournament director Craig Cassuci, Floyd Winters, Jim Weathers and his staff for another success story for MRF, growing the sport of racquetball within the military community!

    February 14, 2011

    FORT JACKSON'S
    WOUNDED WARRIOR REGIMENT

    Fort Jackson

    [ Photo Gallery ]

    MRF is definitely on the way in making the RRC (Rehabilitation Racquetball Clinic) an accepted program within the Army's Wounded Warriors Regiment. This past February, Steven Harper of the MRF had the opportunity to give a two-day racquetball clinic to the Wounded Warriors at Fort Jackson, Columbia SC.

    Fort Jackson is the United States Army's Training Center where it trains the Trainers in support of full spectrum operations; receives and transforms volunteers into Soldiers who are able to function effectively in their first unit of assignment. This base is also home to the Army's Drill Sergeant School and the Army's NCO Academy.

    The MRF had the opportunity to give a two day clinic for approximately 30 Wounded Warriors. Thanks to the Cadre of: CPT Troy, 1ST Miller, SSGT Bell, SSGT Laureano, and our local native instructor Jack, who all made this event possible. The MRF is definitely focused on the Mission of Helping our Troops injured in combat, and thanks to those at Fort Jackson - this vision is becoming clearer......

    Fort Jackson

    The flag that you see here came directly from our comrades at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan; who we also THANK for their support.
    (VADM Harward, CMC Edwards and LtCol Cleaver)

    We look forward to continuing on our progress with the RRC and our Wounded Warriors!

    February 6, 2011

    MRF ANNOUNCES
    KIMO HANSEN AS TEXAS DIRECTOR

    Kimo

    NAME: Kimo Hansen

    HOME / DUTY STATION: Ft Hood, Texas

    BRANCH OF SERVICE: US Army, CW4 (Ret)

    WHERE DO YOU PLAY: Abrams Physical Fitness Center, Ft Hood, Tx

    WHEN & WHERE DO YOU LEARN TO PLAY RACQUETBALL? 1984, Finthen Army Airfield, Mainz, Germany

    RACQUETBALL BACKGROUND?

    • MRF Texas State Coordinator: 2010 to present
    • Sponsored Pro Kennex Texas Regional Coordinator, Marketing & Sales: 1998 to present
    • AmPro Advanced Racquetball Instructor: 2007 to present
    • AmPro Special Clinician: 2010 to present
    • Racquetball Club Director managing tournaments, leagues & lessons: 2008-2010
    • Texas Racquetball Association Awards Committee Member at large: 2010 to present

    WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR RACQUETBALL CAREER IN THE MILITARY? My turning point and highlight was the day I completed the initial racquetball instructor's course. It gave me the ability to teach all ages with little to no experience to those with various years of experience. I went from player to now managing tournaments, leagues, giving lessons and meeting lots of fun, innovative people in both military and civilian worlds. Becoming a racquetball instructor gave me the broadened horizon of how great this sport is across the world both indoors and outdoors.

    January 30, 2011

    THE NATIONAL VETERANS
    FREEDOM PARK

    Freedom Park
    (pictures by Steven Harper)

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    Today, we honor our veterans who fought to win and protect the freedom that is the right of every American…a right that many take for granted. The National Veterans Freedom Park…which is located just off of Interstate 40 in Cary, NC…stands as a reminder that freedom is not free, that it was purchased with the blood, sweat and often the lives of the brave men and women who chose to serve their country.

  • To honor and commemorate those who have so selflessly served in all five branches of America's armed services throughout U.S. history.
  • To instruct and educate young people and people of all ages about the meaning of freedom and the level of sacrifice necessary to ensure its perpetuation.
  • To inspire all visitors to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy and the value system that has made the United States unique in all the world and in all of history.
  • To foster civic pride, character building and inter-generational awareness for present and future generations of the valor, fidelity, and sacrifices of those who have served our country.
  • To pay tribute by the establishment of a fitting memorial complex that will appropriately commemorate the service of the military veterans of this great nation.
  • To involve the community in the conception and implementation of public artwork and sculpture to symbolize the value of freedom.
  • To promote regional economic development due to the proximity of I-40 and nearby Raleigh Durham International Airport, attracting visitors from around the state and nation.
  • January 16, 2011

    MRF Rehabilitation Racquetball Clinic Kick Off
    - Fort Gordon, GA

    Fort Gordon

    [ Photo Gallery ]

    One of the main focuses for MRF has been to integrate racquetball as a method of rehabilitation for our wounded warriors. To that end we are happy to announce our progress with the beginning of an 8 week training program at Fort Gordon, Georgia. The MRF Rehabilitation Racquetball Clinic involving 10 to 12 NCO commanders of the various companies is designed to teach the commanders how to teach racquetball to their charges. Over 200 wounded warriors from Alpha, Bravo & Charlie companies went through the introductory clinic.

    Fort Gordon Demo

    (L-R) Teneshia Davis, COTA/L (Certified Occupational Therapy Asst/Licensed), Susanne Steele, COTA/L, Steven Harper, MRF Executive Director, Madalyn Weber, Dir of Programs/Service, CMFA, Mark Campbell, ACEP (Army Center Enhance Performance), Christy Freeman, ACEP (L-R) Judie Thompson, OTR, Jeff Snover, CMFA Executive Director

    Our volunteer instructors, Steven Harper of NC, Bob Miller of Augusta and Ray Domyslawski of Augusta, as well as a few others, braved the elements of a freak snow storm at the beginning of January to pursue this program and see it through.

    There has been positive response from the commanders of Ft. Gordon as well as the community with the Columbia County Patriots Park Recreation Center under the coordination of Mr. Robbie Kiser offering its courts to be used as additional training facilities whenever there is a need. This is a military town and it is heartening to see the outreach.

    Fort Gordon Demo

    (L-R) Steven Harper, MRF Executive Director, LTC Edwin Larkin, Commander WTB (Wounded Transition Battalion)

    From here, we go to Fort Jackson in South Carolina to duplicate the RRC program for another WTU (Warrior Transitional Unit) - of 120 soldiers and begin to move it into the Army's normal rehabilitation rotation.

    Thanks to Mr. Jeff Snover, Executive Director of CMFA for making this event and a new 8wk Rehabilitation Racquetball Clinic (RRC) possible

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    January 16, 2011

    RULE CHANGES for 2011

    USAR SERVING OUT-OF-ORDER RULE CHANGE EFFECTIVE JAN 1, 2011: After noting that some forty-one percent of the general membership voted in favor of Option 3, a majority of the USAR's Board of Directors agreed that a doubles team should be allowed to have either partner serve first each time the team comes "in" to serve and that an "out' should be assessed to the team if a partner who has lost the serve attempts to serve again during that inning. Here is the pertinent rule wording:

  • Rule 4.2 SERVE IN DOUBLES (a) Order of Serve. At the beginning of each game, when the first server of the first team to serve is out, the team is out. After that, either partner can serve first each time the team steps in to serve. Both players on each team shall serve until there is a handout and a sideout -- i.e. both players are out. The referee must make sure that neither partner serves again after that partner had previously lost a rally while serving.

  • Rule 4.4 OUT SERVE IN DOUBLES (a) Out of Order Serve. If either partner serves again after that partner had previously lost a rally while serving, the penalty is an immediate out for that team.

  • USAR LIMITING THE LENGTH OF THE WRIST CORD The Board of Directors approved the rule limiting the length of the wrist cord: length is restricted to a maximum of 24 inches when stretched, and 18 inches when in use on the racquet

    January 1, 2011

    Happy New Year !!!

    The Blessings of Peace, the Beauty of Hope, the Spirit of Love, the Comfort of Faith... may these be your gifts throughout the New Year!

    January 1, 2011

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