New Tier 1! Live Like John Tournament of Champions presented by ProKennex

John Pelham. Submitted by Wendall PelhamThe inaugural date for the Live Like John Tournament of Champions presented by ProKennex Tier 1 pro stop, which merges the Multnomah Athletic Club’s ProKennex Tournament of Champions (TOC) and the one-day John Pelham Memorial Tournament introduced in 2015 has been announced. The Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland (MAC) and the Live Like John Foundation have scheduled it for November 30 -December 3, 2017.  

“When we realized we needed to postpone this year’s TOC it became clear that we had an opportunity to create a more dynamic event by combining it with the Live Like John Foundation to do something really meaningful,” said MAC member Timm Locke, who has spearheaded efforts to hold the TOC the past three years.

Locke said the new event will raise money for the Live Like John Foundation, a charity organization founded in memory of SPC John Alexander Pelham, a recent Oregonian to be killed in action.

The IRT's Charlie Pratt at the second annual John Pelham Memorial racquetball tournament at The Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon. Photo courtesy of Hank Marcus.

The IRT’s Charlie Pratt at the second annual John Pelham Memorial racquetball tournament at The Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon. Photo courtesy of Hank Marcus.

The Foundation raises money that it then distributes to a variety of causes, including the Military Racquetball Federation, the Green Beret Foundation and the Oregon Youth Challenge.

“John loved playing racquetball,” Wendall L Pelham, John’s father, said. “In his last Facebook post, just seven days before he was killed, John wrote ‘I Can’t wait to play racquetball again.’ It was obvious to me that we should find a way use the sport to commemorate his life. That’s how the Foundation came to be.”

As plans for the newest and fourth stop in the Oregon Racquetball Association series are finalized, updates will be posted to the IRT website and media channels. Stay tuned!