USA Racquetball is proud to further the education of our members with the 2018 USA Racquetball Scholarship! Since its inception in 1990, more than $55,000 has been awarded to over 100 individuals.
Thank you to all who applied for the USA Racquetball Scholarship. This year’s decision was extremely difficult, as there so many deserving applicants. The 2018 USA Racquetball Scholarship recipients include: Dane Elkins (Los Angeles, CA), Kelly “Nick” Maeda (St. Louis, MO), Claire Lux (Manchester, MO) and Katy Moran (Ballwin, MO).
A seven time USAR All American and multiple time Junior National Team Member, Dane Elkins is currently studying Engineering at Santa Monica College. “For all the changes I’ve experienced in life, racquetball has been the one place that has stayed the same. Yet in all of its steadiness, racquetball has also been a freedom of expression. I get to choose how I move around the courts, what shots I take and hopefully control how my opponent moves too. Racquetball has been my primary source in which I take ideas, thoughts and experiences into other parts of my life.”
Kelly “Nick” Maeda is studying Interior Design at St. Louis Community College – Wildwood. “I play racquetball, beacuse I believe pressure is a privilege and that I can overcome any challenge. Racquetball has been life-saving.”
Claire Lux began her racquetball career as a freshman in high school. She wants to study Biomedical Engineering and/or Mechanical Engineering. “Playing doubles has taught me to communicate better, but, more importantly, I have learned to work well with people who are different from me. Racquetball has taight me how to balance work and play; having a positive outlook, both on the court and in life, [change] your perspective and sets me on the road to success.”
Having played racquetball for four years, Katy Moran and her partner Elyse Duffie won the 2017 High School Doubles Championship title. Katy intends to major in Mechanical Engineering. “The general friendliness and camaraderie of the racquetball community has inspired me to be a better sportsman and has brought me some of my closest friends.”
Applications for the 2019 USA Racquetball Scholarship will open in the fall of 2018.