||Robert J. Kendler | Chicago, Illinois (deceased: 10-18-04 to 11-1-82)
(Contributor, Inducted 1988)
Kendler was the moving force in the birth of racquetball's organization. He was a homebuilder and contractor whose interests originated with handball, as the first president and organizer of the International Racquetball Association. He began pushing racquetball in the United States Handball Association magazine and then started the first racquetball magazine. Kendler was often called the "benevolent dictator" and resigned from the IRA over a disagreement with its board of directors. He then formed two rival organizations, the National Racquetball Club and the United States Racquetball Association. Both organizations remained in existence until they went bankrupt in 1982. It has been said that without his clout and financial input the organization that was then the AARA (now the USRA) wouldn't have started when it did.