This WE ARE USA RACQUETBALL infographic describes the role USAR plays in the sport of Racquetball.
Read below to find out more about USAR Hall of Fame and Annual Awards
Dear USA Racquetball Members (and Racquetball Players Across the United States),
The USA Racquetball infographic above has appeared in the last twelve issues of Serving Up the News. The contributors and editors of this newsletter have observed that while many of our members appreciate the infographic’s high-level description of the value USA Racquetball brings, perhaps they would appreciate more detail on each point, to understand more about what USA Racquetball provides to the infrastructure of our sport.
In each newsletter we've covered one or more of the 13 points of the infographic and have offered more detail. This month, let’s take a look at #7 USAR Hall of Fame and Annual Awards!
#7 We are the USAR Hall of Fame and Annual Awards recognizing excellence and contribution
The USA Racquetball Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those athletes and contributors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in competition or in the development, leadership, and advancement of the sport. The award is based upon an extended period of consistent excellence in one or more of the following areas:
COMPETITOR - Nominee, as an amateur or professional player, must have impacted the sport through: competitive excellence, sportsmanship, and fair play.
CONTRIBUTOR - Nominee must have made significant and noteworthy contributions, producing positive and lasting effects that have helped advance the sport on a National Level.
Nominations for the USA Racquetball Hall of Fame are due no later than September 15th of each year and may be made by any USAR member in good standing. Check out all the required information for nominating someone.
Hall of Fame Inductees are typically celebrated every year at the USAR National Singles Championships with their friends and family present. The last two years have become exceptions (due to COVID-19) where our 2020 and 2021 Inductees will be celebrated at the 25th Anniversary of the UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Racquetball Championships. Scheduled on Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. CT, the induction ceremony will be held over breakfast at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown in the Plymouth Room. While this event is free, a reservation is required. The breakfast buffet will open at 7:30 a.m. with the ceremony starting promptly at 8:00 a.m. Join us as we celebrate the racquetball careers of Jason Mannino (2020), Hank Marcus (2020), Gregg Peck (2020), and Kelley Beane (2021). Also a member of the Class of 2021, Aimee Roehler will be inducted at next year’s ceremony.
Reserve your seat today!
The USA Racquetball Annual Awards are maintained to recognize those athletes and contributors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in competition, leadership, or sportsmanship. All awards other than the Joe Sobek Outstanding Contribution Award recognize achievements from the past twelve months. The Sobek Award may recognize achievements over an extended period of time.
All Annual Awards are presented by the USA Racquetball Board of Directors on behalf of the association’s members and racquetball players across the United States. The Hall of Fame and Annual Awards Committee evaluate nominations from the membership and analyze contributions and performance based on the specific criteria outlined below. The Committee recommends award recipients to the USA Racquetball Board of Directors for presentation at each year’s National Singles Championships.
- Joe Sobek Outstanding Contribution Award
- Presidential Award
- John Halverson Fair Play Award
- Peggy Steding Female Age Group Award
- Bud Muehleisen Male Age Group Award
- Female Athlete of the Year Award
- Male Athlete of the Year Award
Learn more about the USA Racquetball Annual Awards.
We take very seriously our role in serving all of you and in preserving and strengthening our sport, and we hope this infographic and these articles resonate with you as inspiration for working together to do whatever we can to keep this treasure in our lives.
It will take all of us to do it, and USA Racquetball accepts and embraces our sacred responsibility to lead and encourage everyone to participate in solutions.
The Staff, Board, and Volunteers of USA Racquetball