2016 MN State Singles Championships
Windom MN Racquetball
Program Continues To Grow
The racquetball program at the Windom Arena is continuing to grow,
in large part because of Page Kern.
Kern has been a diehard advocate for the sport and promotion of Windom's facilities for the sport. Through her connections and participation in major tournaments, she has been able to bring some of the top racquetball talent in the world to Windom to meet with kids at school and to conduct clinics at the Arena.
The program started in 2010 with 8 participants and has grown to an average of 55 players each month it is provided, which has been Oct/Nov and Feb/March. Since there are only have 2 courts, they divide the participants into small groups, based on age and skill, and assign them a specific time/day for their hour lesson. The last week of the lessons they attempt to do something special, by having guest players come to play with the kids. Some of these being Rhonda Rajsich, Jim Winterton, Jo Shattuck, Brian Pearson, Dan Salamone, and Ana Valez, an Ecuador Federation coach. They also have a group tournament or hitting targets on the wall for prizes.
The efforts are paying off.
Last February the racquetball program at the Arena had over 50 participants, making Windom's junior racquetball program one of the largest in the entire state.
The youth program is geared to teach kids of all skill levels the basics of the sport in a fun, competitive environment.
Kern added that racquetball also has great cross-training value, as a couple of players on the Windom Eagle baseball team use the racquetball lessons to help prepare for the coming season.
Kern has worked for many years to promote the sport. And the 2015 season may go down as one of the greatest the Arena, and the racquetball program, has ever seen.
Page was awarded the Minnesota Racquetball Legend's award at the 2015 Hall of Fame banquet.
You can check out their program on their facebook page.
The Racquetball Museum
What will you find in the museum?
The Racquetball Museum has been built on the personal collection of Randy Stafford and his inspiration. Most of the equipment and items found in the museum come from the personal collections of Randy and many other players. You will find interesting facts as well as opinions based on personal experiences with the various equipment.
As the museum's collection grows we hope to include more pictures, stories, historical data, and more of the history of the sport.
We want to hear from you!
We would like you to be a part of the museum by sending us your pictures, videos, and stories. Share your comments on our Facebook page where you will find all of the pictures from the museum or e-mail Randy directly. Visit the museum online at: http://racquetballmuseum.com