Latin American MRA Rollout

Good ideas generate good partners ... and it was only a matter of time until the successful NMRA round-robin format became an international franchise. Details are being ironed out, but the LATIN AMERICAN Masters Racquetball Association has been formed and the debut LAMRA Championships are set for Guatemala City in November. The NMRA hosts an International Championship annually, and Board President Cindy Tilbury has been closely involved in running it for well over ten years. Over that decade, she had given a lot of thought to the many 40+ Spanish-speaking players in Central and South America.  "I wanted to create an event, and eventually an organization, that celebrated these players. When Guatemala finished its new 10-court Domo Complejo de Racquetball Club, I knew that would be the perfect spot to hold the first-ever Latin American Masters event." A resident of Guatemala City and one of the NMRA's most dedicated players, Marie Gomar was the perfect choice for local tournament director and is...
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HOF 2020 | Induction Complete

Taddonio & Alatorre-Martin honored in St. Louis Update ! At the 2021 National Championship, both Hall of Famers were recognized at the banquet with these individual presentations: Alatorre-Martin | Taddonio Hard at work despite the pandemic, the NMRA Hall of Fame Committee and Board of Directors selected a pair of tour veterans for formal HOF induction in 2020. Upon thorough review of their records, Curtis Alatorre-Martin and Frank Taddonio were unanimously approved for recognition, in the contributor and athlete categories, respectively. The only thing missing in the process had been a live tournament event at which to formally bestow the honors! Hall of Fame inductions are normally conducted at the July International Championships, but these two outstanding competitors will scheduled to be recognized at the earliest opportunity, once tournament play is safely resumed in 2021. At the St. Louis National Championship, full video presentations were shown at the Banquet, featuring details of their backgrounds, giving, personal histories and competitive careers (linked above)....
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NMRA Supports LIVE LIKE JOHN

RACQUETBALL ORGANIZATIONS DECLARE SUPPORT FOR LIVE LIKE JOHN In a nationwide racquetball initiative supporting military and veteran causes as well as high school and junior racquetball programs; the IRT, LPRT, MACS, NMRA, and USAR announced today their collective support of Live Like John (LLJ) as the non-profit organization plans a number of racquetball events and activities beginning in 2021. Along with the SPC John A. Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions returning in 2022, the Live Like John Legacy tournament series will be launched nationwide in September.  The series will partner with local events across the country who wish to support LLJ plus will connect with and support local military charities.  As the LLJ Series grows in ensuing years, the ultimate goal is to have an event in every state which will not only support military charities but also provide a competitive racquetball opportunity for active duty military and veterans. Read the full press release here >> The Live Like John non-profit is dedicated...
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HOF 2019 | Marcia Richards

Long-time NMRA player Marcia Richards was formally inducted into the NMRA Hall of Fame at our tournament banquet in Atlanta. It was a rather chilly December evening, but we had a great banquet at the Sonesta Hotel in Duluth/Lilburn. With 40 total NMRA medals and many more for USAR and WSMRA competitions, Marcia is a true champion. Everyone loved hearing her stories of the old days and seeing slides of her as a young competitor. In addition to playing racquetball, as a Physical Education teacher and coach, Marcia has also taught hundreds of high school and elementary kids how to play over the years. A few years ago, Marcia got a knee replacement and felt like a new person, wishing she had done it sooner so she could play her best racquetball all along. In her home town of Denver, she serves on the Colorado Racquetball Association board, runs tournaments, and was among the founders of Racquet for the Cure, a huge, long-running...
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