DALLAS — International Racquetball Tour No. 7-ranked Jansen Allen of Dallas, a gold and silver medalist performance for Team USA at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, joins gold-medal winning teammate Jose Rojas by signing a two-year contract with Ektelon.
Allen made his Ektelon debut at racquetball’s premier tournament, the 2015 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, Minn.
“Ektelon has long been the premier name in racquetball,” Allen said. “I am excited about the opportunity to be a representative for their industry-leading products and look forward to pursuing my IRT goals with their backing.”
Allen, who won the gold medal with Rojas on his 26th birthday, has been a member of the U.S. Racquetball team for three years. He was the national mixed doubles in 2014 and 2015 and the national team qualifying doubles champion in 2013 with Tony Carson and this year with Rojas. He and Rojas won the gold in doubles, while he earned a silver medal in team competition.
“We are excited to have Jansen join Ektelon and to have a Texas-born professional athlete represent our state and the premier racquetball company in the U.S.,” said Dale Gosser, Ektelon Regional Advisor for North Texas. “He has been climbing the rankings, and more important than that, he’s a great representative for racquetball. He carries himself well on and off the court and is willing to put in the work with junior programs to help hone the skills of younger players, which in the long run helps our sport continue to thrive.”
Allen attended Colorado State University on a racquetball scholarship. He graduated with a BS and BA in business management and economics/finance, cum laude. He received his master’s degree in business administration in May 2014.
During his time at CSU, he was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2012 and was a collegiate racquetball All-American in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He was the U.S. Intercollegiate singles racquetball champion in 2012 and U.S. Intercollegiate national doubles champion in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
“I started playing racquetball at the age of 4 with my brother Jordan and my parents, Debra and Jim, at the local YMCA in Corsicana, Texas, where my dad has been my mentor and instructor through most of my career,” Allen said.
Among other accolades, Allen won first place in the U.S. Open doubles in 2005 and 2010; first place U.S. Open Singles 24 and under in 2005; first place national singles 24 and under in 2005; was the Texas Racquetball Association Male Athlete of the Year in 2011; and was named the Ektelon Player of the Year in 2006.
Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Ektelon is a division of Active Brands Company. Ektelon has enjoyed the longest, most successful reign of dominance in the sport of racquetball. Ektelon’s heritage includes some of the top players in the sport’s history including racquetball legends who helped shape the sport such as Charlie Brumfield, Dr Bud Muehleisen, Jerry Hilecher and Bill Schmitkie and in more recent years, former No. 1 players Mike Yellen, Dave Peck, Ruben Gonzalez, Lynn Adams and Rhonda Rajsich. In addition, Ektelon has introduced more revolutionary technologies and programs to the sport than any other company. Ektelon in- novations include oversized racquetball racquets, the Racquet Taper System (RTS), Power Ring® racquets and Total Racquet Customization, VisionGrip and EXO3 among others.