Alex Cardona

RYDF Helps Alex Succeed On and Off the Court

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Alejandro Cardona is a 25-year-old professional racquetball player from Juarez, Mexico, with a distinguished junior career. Alex was an eleven-time Junior World Singles Champion and a five-time Junior Pan American Champion.  It seemed inevitable Alex would begin a career as a professional racquetball player.

But for almost two years, Alex had to abandon his hopes of playing professionally due to high travel costs to tournaments. He and his family didn't have the money to pursue his professional dream.  But through the creation of the World Racquetball Tour in 2012, sponsorship support from Gearbox, and the Reaching Your Dream Foundation, Alex has a second chance at reaching his dream.   And he's making the most of it.

Professional Racquetball now provides an opportunity for Alex to support his family back in Mexico.  With the winnings from his exceptional talent and RYDF and other support, Alex purchased and runs a food truck to help support himself and his family.  The Reaching Your Dream Foundation is proud to assist Alex and wishes him continued success both on and off the court, as we do for all the players we support.

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Cardona on Fire!

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Alex Cardona is on fire! Currently No. 1 on the World Racquetball Tour (WRT), Cardona proves he is worthy of his rank by winning back to back titles at the Grace Warrior Atlanta Open and the Suncoast Open. This achievement gives Cardona six total WRT Titles.

At the WRT Grace Warrior Atlanta Open, Cardona defeated No. 2 Jake Bredenbeck 15-6, 15-2 in the finals, after battling other pros like Samuel Murray (CAN), Christian Longoria (MEX) and Andree Parrilla (MEX). The WRT Suncoast Open was another tough event full of fierce WRT pros. To get to the finals, Cardona had to defeat top WRT pros like Mike Harmon (USA), Jaime Martell (MEX), Andree Parrilla (MEX). Once in the finals, Cardona faced third seeded, No. 4 on the WRT, David Bobby Horn, winning 15-12, 15-3.

Cardona hasn’t always been on top. As a seven time Junior World Singles Champion, it seemed seamless for him to transition into a career as a professional racquetball player. For close to two years, Cardona was forced to abandon his hopes of playing pro racquetball due to the high costs incurred traveling to professional events to and from his home in Juarez, Mexico. With the creation of the WRT in 2012, Cardona was offered a second chance at rebuilding his dreams. Now, with the assistance of the WRT paired with the support of the Reaching Your Dream Foundation, Cardona is able to thrive in the sport he loves.

Cardona’s previous titles include:

2015 Colombia Open Champion

2015 San Diego Champion

2014 San Antonio Open Champion

2013 San Diego Open Champ

You can watch Cardona’s matches on the WRT YouTube Channel.

Racquetball Is A Two Way Street

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It’s a major goal for us at Reaching Your Dream to find ways to use racquetball to engage the community in ways that grow the sport. Fitness awareness brought together with the encouragement that is facilitated through setting goals on the World Racquetball Tour means that the time our players invest as professionals have real value when it comes to mentorship. While often, these opportunities happen organically while traveling on tour, it is a perfect storm of “nothing but positive” when matched up with programs that are growing and are making a difference using racquetball as a catalyst.

Aaron Embry of San Diego, California has formalized racquetball in a program with a local high school Saint Augustine, a private catholic high school in that town. The “Intercession” has been designed to provide students with ways to build on their college applications and life skills through 120 programs like internships with doctors, lawyers, architects, studying abroad, racquetball, etc. He’s been engaged with the program for 3 years and has seen that program grow in participation.

When the WRT rolled into San Diego’s Sorrento Valley Racquetball and Fitness Center for their second stop of the year, the San Diego Open, it was a perfect opportunity for RYDF players to engage with a well developed program like Embry and his team have been building up.

It’s a learning experience for everyone involved. For young racquetball enthusiasts like the Saintsmen of Saint Augustine, the opportunity to get court time with professional players can lead to the type of experience that can last a lifetime. These young players will hopefully be further encouraged to stick with racquetball as a means to incorporate fitness with confidence as life lessons. For our RYDF players like Alex Cardona, Bobby Horn and Alexi Cocco Hayes, this type of engagement also brings together positive aspects of racquetball that transcend the competition. They learn for programs that are doing the right things to encourage and engage for the sport of racquetball. Our players learn for themselves that they can make a difference in someone’s life when they give back their time in ways that encompass all that is good in racquetball.