Professional racquetball returns to the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC), 1849 SW Salmon St. Portland, Oregon, where the top 8 men’s professional International Racquetball Tour players will vie for nearly $20,000 in the ProKennex Tournament of Champions, an invitational event ending the 2013-2014 IRT season and bringing the top international competitors together with juniors, amateurs and Pacific Northwest players.
“We are very excited that ProKennex and the legendary MAC club stepped up to bring the top IRT players back to Oregon for the second year in a row and continuing the Tournament of Champions legacy, which started in the 1990’s,” said Jason Mannino, IRT President.
ProKennex’s long history in the sport, including sponsoring today’s dominating champion, 8-time #1-ranked IRT pro, Kane Waselenchuk; 12-time #1 Washington State Champion, Jeff Stark; and rising star, #8 Daniel De La Rosa, made supporting the season-ending event a logical match for the company. “It’s a perfect marriage for us,” said Michael Martinez, ProKennex CEO/President. “Bringing today’s best to the historic MAC ties in with our stake in pro racquetball going back to the early days in the sport, company, and to the greats throughout the generations. This allows us to showcase today’s players for the Pacific Northwest region.”
The MAC’s famous Court 10 has showcased racquetball’s preceding champions, from Charlie Brumfield, Marty Hogan, Mike Yellen, Cliff Swain, Sudsy Monchik, and now today’s top pros, including #1-ranked Kane Waselenchuk. “Following the success of the TOC rebirth last year, the MAC is proud and excited to be working with ProKennex and the IRT for an even bigger and better event this May,” said Hank Marcus, MAC Racquetball Pro. “The members and staff of the MAC are thrilled to host the best players in the world while supporting Military Racquetball Federation’s efforts to help wounded service members and veterans.”
In addition to presenting the top men’s professional players, the event will feature amateurs from the Pacific Northwest competing in age-specific and skill-level racquetball divisions, including contenders for the 2014 NW Junior Regionals Tournament. On top of the unique history, the TOC will raise money for the Military Racquetball Federation by once again hosting a Doubles Pro-Am in conjunction with IRT. MRF runs the Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinic program, which seeks to build relationships with veterans’ hospitals and patients using racquetball as a physical therapy and stress reliever.
The ProKennex Tournament of Champions caps the IRT’s top-tier record-breaking season with an invitational tournament offering fans in the Northwest the chance to rub shoulders with world-class athletes while also supporting the MRF, a humanitarian organization using racquetball to help hundreds of veterans.