It was an epic U.S Open win for RYDF mentors Jose and Markie Rojas, taking first place in the Pro Doubles Division. This was the first US Open win for the Rojas brothers, widely celebrated by their many fans, particularly those in the “209” (the greater Stockton area code). Their win is a tribute to their hard work and long time commitment to nurture underserved members of the Stockton community.
Jose and Markie are part of an enormously successful racquetball community in Northern California, started and developed by Pat and Dave Ellis, and continued through their son John. Community key contributors include Jodie Nance and many others, including a racquetball club owner deeply committed to growing racquetball for 20 years at In Shape Athletic Clubs in Northern California.
RYDF’s Fitness Forever Program has partnered with the Ellis’ to provide a dynamic community engagement program targeting underserved youth and adults. Key help comes from RYDF supported players including Daniel Rojas, Robbie Collins, Tatoe Rojas, and Ricky Diaz, and others. They provide health and fitness activities at In Shape Athletic clubs.
Jose and Markie are long-time leaders, role models and mentors in the Stockton racquetball community to younger players in the successful juniors program at In Shape’s clubs.
RYDF’s goal is to help young players both on and off the court. We're equally proud that Jose and Markie are recent graduates from the University of the Pacific.
Jose and Markie will continue to provide leadership, support, and mentorship on behalf of the Reaching Your Dream Foundation. Additionally, they'll continue playing professional racquetball and representing the United States on the world stage.
RYDF thanks and congratulates Josie and Markie for their community service on top of their hard work and training, culminating in their US Open doubles victory.