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Season of Giving still Delivers!

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For eight years local Bay Area Racquetball players have celebrated the holiday spirit by having a racquetball tournament where the players bring toys for the children of families who otherwise might not get presents at Christmas.  A couple years ago, the Reaching Your Dream Foundation moved the tournament to a larger club and branded it: A Season of Giving.  On Saturday December 12th A Season of Giving sponsored a one-day shootout which was filled to capacity of 92 players.

Between the gifts the players brought, and those collected as part of the RYDF A Season of Giving, over 350 unwrapped presents were collected to be given to lower income families. A huge thank you to the Lanman Family who for the last eight years have helped gather greatly needed toys through the efforts of Monte Vista High School’s Scholastic Society.  Robyn Lanman continues to help us even after their three kids (now young adults) have graduated and gone on to college and medical school

Special thanks to Kim Randolph for all her hard work in putting this event together. Lastly, thank you to Dave Ruybalid, Athletic Director at the Big C, for helping us secure his club for our event and supporting the tournament in many other ways.

Congrats to our winners:

B Doubles: Irvin Sanchez/Richard Lozada Elite/A Doubles: Austin Fernandez/Shawn Fernandez Open Doubles: Harold Jagoda/Jose Diaz Mixed Advanced Doubles: Carlos Contreras/Heather Colon

See you in 2016!

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.