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Brian Hawkes | Lake Forest, California
(Outdoor Player, Inducted 2014)
Hawkes, 50, of Lake Forest, Calif. is widely considered the most dominant outdoor racquetball player in the history of the sport.  He has more than 20 outdoor World and National Pro singles titles to his credit, the most recent coming in 2005 at the age of 41.  Hawkes won the National Pro Outdoor singles title a remarkable 20 times from 1981 to 2005.  He is also an eight-time National Outdoor Doubles champion.  Hawkes is an accomplished indoor player as well, serving two stints on the U.S. National Racquetball Team in 1989 and 1990.  The first inductee in the World Outdoor Racquetball Hall of Fame, Hawkes is fittingly the first inductee under the Outdoor category of the Racquetball Hall of Fame.

   

Jimmy Lowe | Aiea, Hawaii
(Amateur Age Player, Inducted 2014)
Lowe, 51, of Aiea, Hawaii has an impressive racquetball resume.  Introduced to the sport at the age of 15, Lowe began playing regularly in 1982 when he began a career in the Army.  The winner of numerous state singles and doubles titles in multiple states and a seven-time Army Racquetball champion and six-time Armed Forces Racquetball champion, Lowe’s most numerous titles have come in National Championship age divisions.  Lowe is the winner of 22 National Singles age group titles from 1992-2013.  He’s added an additional 13 U.S. Open age group titles from 2003-2013.  Accomplished in doubles as well, Lowe has won 19 National Doubles age group titles from 1997-2013.  Additionally, Lowe is a seven-time winner of USA Racquetball’s  Bud Muehleisen Male Age Group Athlete of the Year award.
   

Mike Zeitman | Louisville, Kentucky
(Contributor, Inducted 2014)
Zeitman, 65, of Louisville, Kentucky started in the sport in his teenage years.  It didn’t take long for him to become a top amateur and professional.  Zeitman’s most meaningful contributions to racquetball would come from his tireless work and volunteerism.  Mike was instrumental in saving and building the International Racquetball Association, the precursor to USA Racquetball, in its early years.  He is among the first full-time promoters of the sport and did everything from running tournaments, starting pro tours, publishing magazines, starting junior programs and consulting for racquetball companies.  He is even credited with introducing the ceiling ball to the sport.  Zeitman is a true ambassador of racquetball and his many contributions have set the bar high for those involved with our sport today.