March 6, 2018
MRF HOSTED: RRC CLINIC AT THE MAC IN RICHMOND VA
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.
March 2, 2018
6th ANNUAL MEL CLARKE OPEN TO BE HELD MARCH 17
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.ENTRY FLYER/FORM
February 26, 2018
MRF HOSTS 4TH RRC CHALLENGE AT USA RACQUETBALL NATIONAL DOUBLES
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!PHOTOS
December 22, 2017
THANKS FOR BEING PART OF OUR YEAR!
December 14, 2017
TEMPLE,TX — 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.
December 14, 2017
MRF PRO-AM DOUBLES AT THE LIVE LIKE JOHN TOURNAMENT
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!
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
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!
November 25, 2017
WOR MRF MILITARY RACQUETBALL FAMILY APPREICATION DAY
Hosted by MRF State Liaison JoAnna Reyes
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!
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
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.
September 11, 2017
ABC7 SALUTES: TEACHING WOUNDED WARRIORS THE THERAPEUTIC POWER OF RACQUETBALLClick on image to play video
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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
- 1st = 800 pts.
- 2nd = 500 pts.
- 3rd = 300 pts.
- 4th = 250 pts.
- 5th = 100 pts.
- 6th on down = 50 pts.
Ranking points key:
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
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!
Behind the scenes
May 26, 2017
IN REMEMBRANCE AND APPREICATION
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
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
May 11, 2017
THE MILITARY CLASSIC - GREENBRIER YMCA, CHESAPEAKE VA
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.
February 12, 2017
USAR & MRF HOST VETERANS AT 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
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