USA Racquetball Announces Ambassador Partnership
Colorado Springs, CO – In a new and exciting partnership targeted to growing racquetball, USA Racquetball announced today that current US Team athlete, member of the USAR Hall of Fame, and a tireless promoter of the sport, Sudsy Monchik, will represent USA Racquetball as a Special Ambassador and collaborate on ways to bring fresh perspectives and initiatives to the sport.
“Racquetball has been my life for 40 years," Monchik said. "The greatest and most special relationships and opportunities have come from Racquetball. I feel a tremendous amount of responsibility to give back and do whatever I can to keep it going and bring the sport together. USA Racquetball and I both recognize we have an enormous amount of work to do, but together we can and will make an impact. I’m looking forward to bringing assistance, inspiration, motivation, energy, passion, and leadership to the greatest sport in the world. My hope is that anyone on the planet who has had Racquetball in their life will join us in making a difference. We Are Racquetball."
USA Racquetball's Executive Director Mike Wedel commented, “USA Racquetball is honored to have Sudsy Monchik on our team as one of the all-time greatest players and a proven ambassador for the sport. I am excited about this new partnership and am looking forward to working with Sudsy in his new ambassadorial role. With everyone's support, we will tackle and win this challenge to preserve and grow Racquetball.”
An inaugural project that will leverage Monchik's skills as a moderator and a facilitator will be a series of live-streamed sessions presented by USA Racquetball entitled “Real Racquetball." A schedule and more information will be released soon.
Contact: Mike Wedel, Executive Director, USA Racquetball
About USA Racquetball
USA Racquetball, founded in 1969, is recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport. The organization annually conducts six national championships and sanctions hundreds of tournaments for players of all ages and skill levels. It also organizes the Adult and Junior National Racquetball Teams, oversees the Official Rules of Racquetball, administers national player rankings, manages a college scholarship program, and supports the introduction of new players to the sport.
About Sudsy Monchik
Sudsy Monchik, of Staten Island, New York, began playing racquetball at age 7 and went on to capture more than 50 International Racquetball Tour professional titles during his career, including five season-ending #1 Professional World rankings. He won four UnitedHealthcare US OPEN titles between 1996 and 2002. Monchik and partner Tim Doyle captured six professional doubles titles, and he won the 1994 U.S. National Doubles Championships with Tim Sweeney, repeating in 2018 with Rocky Carson and in 2020 with Alejandro Landa.
Monchik had an unmatched junior career, winning both singles and doubles titles at Junior Nationals in every age division; the junior doubles titles were all won with Jason Mannino as his partner. Internationally, he captured an amazing 11 IRF World Junior Championship titles as a member of U.S. National Junior Team. Monchik also claimed a National High School Championship in his junior year.
Representing the United States on the U.S. Adult National Team, Monchik won Gold at the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival and at the 1995 Pan American Games. He was inducted into the USA Racquetball Hall of Fame in 2015, and he is a current member of Team USA.