Events

RYDF Summer Fun-Raiser Brings Needed Support to USA Team Juniors and Young Professional Players

Mike Lippitt, RYDF Founder and Nikita

Mike Lippitt, RYDF Founder and Nikita

The Reaching Your Dream Foundation is a tax exempt, nonprofitwhich promotes health & fitness and the long term viability of sports like racquetball by supporting players with diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.  The foundation helps these young athletes with hope and opportunities for personal and professional growth while they pursue their dreams.   RYDF was created to help these young athletes achieve success on the court and in life.

Daniel and Tato

Daniel and Tato

RYDF just finished an awesome two-day Fun-Raiser, held at Mariner Square Athletic Club in Alameda CA.  We had over 90 players in five shootout divisions.  Most of the food was donated to help the foundation raise money for its three causes: juniors, and men and women players interested in improving personally and professionally.  Part of the proceeds were designated to the four Northern California juniors who made the USA Junior Olympic Team destined for the Dominican Republic in November.  (Attached is a picture of two of the four players: Nikita Chauhan and Julian Singh).  Each player’s family will receive $500 for each child.

The foundation depends on the generosity of people from our local communities and outside our community who believe in our Vision and Mission.  Please  “Like” our Facebook Cause page consider donating to help support the dreams of these very talented younger women and men players.

A Good Weekend For Teaming Up And Contributing To Team Efforts

(Left to Right) Barry Clyde, Francisco Troncoso,  Jake Bredenbeck and Kim Randolph

We just finished up a successful weekend in California at the Pleasanton Open. While the World Racquetball Tour held another exciting and successful tour stop, our RYDF players competed well both on the tour side and the Pro Am side. Many friends of Reaching Your Dream who support us participated in the round robin format of the Pro Am, as they were paired up with many of our players. The competition, though friendly, was filled with intense play. All of the young pros played very hard and worked respectfully with their patrons. Overall, it proved to be one of the main highlights of the weekend.

Featured in the picture are Pro Am winners Kim Randolph and her partner, Jake Bredenbeck and runner ups Barry Clyde and Francisco Troncoso.

Cocco Hayes

Cocco Hayes

For some of our players, it’s not all play. The WRT works very hard to provide a quality product with their live streaming. It benefits the fans as they get to enjoy high quality professional racquetball at home. But it also benefits many of the players, by giving them valuable experience contributing to tour operations and sometimes assisting the production crew. If you are familiar with the WRT feeds, you will often hear our players providing color commentary during matches. But there is also an added benefit for the players as the tour production grows, they get a chance to get hands on experience working with the production crew working the cameras and sometimes helping with the set ups. Manning the camera for the finals is the very popular Cocco Hayes, an up and coming 21 year old from one of Mexico’s main racquetball cities, San Luis Potosi.

Bobby Horn and Laura McCormick

Bobby Horn and Laura McCormick

These are the kinds of results we like to take away from these events. All positive. WRT’s Laura McCormick with Americans David Bobby Horn (#4 on the tour) and Jake Bredenbeck (#3). Jake and Bobby were first and second in last years U.S. Nationals and represented the USA in world competitions and will again in March in the Dominican Republic.

Cliff Swain to host racquetball clinics for RYDF

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The Reaching Your Dream Foundation is excited to announce that racquetball legend Cliff Swain will be in Northern California to play in the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) event to be held from September 5-7 and then spend the next few days providing his excellent and very popular lessons and clinics throughout the Bay Area. 

For more information about the WRT event visit R2 Tourney Link.  Join Cliff and other world class racquetball pros at the WRT Stockton even and sign up for a lesson or clinic with Cliff September 9th or 10th. More to come on these clinics in the next few weeks so stay tuned!