AKA Women Making Racquetball History Now!
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Name: Melissa King
Are you a pro player, coach, association board member, tournament organizer, or racquetball broadcaster AKA why do racquetball players know you? Former RPAA president, assist with the ASU team fundraising tournaments and used to help coach. (Responsible for the smooth running of last weekend’s Arizona Open and facilitated the pro tour broadcasts by ensuring that the right matches were scheduled onto the right courts. Amazing!)
Country of Origin: USA
Place you consider home: Mesa, Arizona
When & how where you introduced to the competitive side of racquetball? I started playing my freshmen year of college when I joined the ASU team and competed as a college player and now play recreationally occasionally when I am not bowling as I am trying to be a professional bowler currently.
Playing hand: Right.
Year you started playing racquetball: 2011
Favorite racquetball shot: My little bowling swing kill shot when people try to hit the ball at my feet or shins.
Motivation for the game (what keeps you playing): The joy of playing and the wonderful people that I constantly meet at the gym or at tournaments.
Love most about racquetball: That the sport is fun and you can play it both indoors and outdoors to get a variety in the game that other sports don’t always have.
Other sports played in addition to racquetball: Bowling.
What is your hope for the future of racquetball? My hope is that we can grow the sport and get more people to play the sport as it is a fun sport to play. I know that there are courts at a lot of high schools and when I was a high school teacher, I used to always go talk to the gym teachers and see if they did a unit in gym class to teach the sport to try and encourage them to teach the sport in the required gym class to expose more high school students to the sport.
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