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24th Extravaganza

Submitted by on Thu 07/31/2014

The 24th Extravaganza proved to be another successful year. We had more new members attend than every before. Almost half the participants were new to the Extravaganza. Our new activities were a slalom course, Minis and Friends (miniature horses) and a petting zoo. Talk about some adorable animals, especially the miniature horses. Pictures can tell the story better than me….
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DK 3 on 3 Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Invitational

Submitted by on Tue 07/08/2014

By Dave Kiley

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Every year I host, with the help and support of many, the DK 3 on 3 Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Invitational. Turning POINT  is an outdoor adventure organization which hosts the Extravaganza each year (24 years) as well as my event. The Extravaganza is a day to enjoy your choices of over 24 activities.

This year was unprecedented with the support received from ABC medical. They stepped up into the Presenting Sponsor role making it possible for me to create a $ purse for the top three teams. Other sponsors were Randy Snow Push Forward Foundation, Spinergy Wheels, Sportaid and the Yates family. Lunch was provided by Ron and Tricia LaBar.

The 3 on 3 is into approximately its 10th year and for the past few years has been named in honor and memory of my great friend Randy Snow, one of the greatest athletes of all time in wheelchair sports. Randy left this world but his mark will always be with us and in our hearts.

There were 30 players registered for the competition and Doug Garner, the head coach for UTA Wheelchair Basketball Team was the tournament director (thx Doug).  My team was composed of Rose Hollermann, 18year old USA Team player,  Brian Wofford, an Irag military single amputee and super sub Francis Key. We had two other women play in the tournament: Darlene Hunter (USA Team) and Morgan Wood.

My team called the Lakers in round robin went 4 and 4 and in cross over we beat the Heat in a close one. Willie Hernandez led that team. Willie is a big teammate with ABC Medical and owner of Per4Max Wheelchairs. We then squared off against Jorge Sanchez’s Spurs team who were undefeated. Rose played lights out and we won! Putting us in the finals.

The finals happen at the end of the day at the Extravaganza, and the gym was packed: Spurs vs Lakers. The Lakers shooting a high percentage won it all. My first win in the DK Invitational. The winning team took home $1200, 2nd $750 and 3rd $300.

The Randy Snow Free Throw Contest took place and newcomer Jimmy Moceri, who traveled from Michigan, came in as a sharp shooter. In the preliminary round, he made 19 of 20 earning him the top seed of the 6 finalists. Tyler Buysse, a junior all star from Dallas shot his way past the other four adults and had a showdown with Jimmy M. Jimmy stroked it to the 1st place prize winning Spinergy SLX wheels valued at $1000, Tyler collected a check for $500 for 2nd. The women’s contest went to Rose Hollermann, taking home $150.

Dustin Strelsky Receives RSPFF Scholarship for Wheelchair Tennis Camp! Hook ’em!

Submitted by on Sun 09/01/2013

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ROCKDALE, TEXAS (2013) – Dustin Strelsky, 16, of Rockdale, Texas was selected as one of the first recipients of a Randy Snow Push Forward Foundation (RSPFF) Scholarship. Dustin attended The Cruyff Foundation-USTA Junior-ITF Camp of the Americas in Mission Viejo, CA, July 29-August 2, 2013. Thirty-one of the best wheelchair tennis players and their coaches from six different countries including Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada and USA attended the camp, learned about wheelchair tennis, worked with elite coaches including Paralympian Karin Korb, and US Paralympics Wheelchair Tennis Team Coach, Dan James. But most of all – the players had FUN!

 Karin Korb identified Dustin as a player with abundant potential and great talent. Sound familiar? If so, you are correct – Dustin’s dreams and talents are much like Randy Snow’s. Randy’s father Tom concurs, noting that the similarities between Dustin and his son are startling. Dustin sustained a spinal cord injury in 2010 following a car crash caused by a drunk driver.

Like Randy, Dustin is a devoted Texas Longhorn fan, who hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin upon graduation. And much like Randy, Dustin seems determined not to let his circumstances interfere with the pursuit of his dreams.

It is the hope of RSPFF, Randy’s legacy organization, that Dustin will be the first of many to receive scholarships  to attend achievement-based sport camps and clinics. The mission of RSPFF is to provide individuals with physical disabilities equal opportunity to achieve their athletic and academic lifetime goals through sports.

2013 Snowmanship Educational Scholarships Awarded to Terrell High School Students

Submitted by on Fri 05/31/2013

TERRELL, TEXAS (2013) – Taylor Madison Killian and Richedrian “R.J.” Johnson were awarded the 2013 “Snowmanship Educational Scholarships” on May 30, 2013 at Terrell High School’s Annual Award Program. Two Snowmanship Educational Scholarships are given annually to one male and one female senior student graduating from Terrell High School in memory of the late Randy Snow and his sister, Becca Snow Rangel, both THS graduates. Madison attends Trinity Valley Community College and R.J. attends Texas State University.

The $1,000 scholarships, awarded through the Randy Snow Push Forward Foundation, are given to honor of students who emulate Randy and Becca’s love for family and the community of Terrell. The scholarship committee works to select recipients who exemplify Randy and Becca’s creativity, thoughtfulness and strength throughout their lives, as well as the belief in “overcoming adversity to achieve personal and professional goals.”

The scholarships were first awarded in 2012. The first recipients were Alex Rusky, who attends the University of North Texas and Dillon Patton, who attends Trinity Valley Community College.

Big Fun at First Randy Snow All Comers Camp!!!

Submitted by on Mon 04/08/2013

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COPPELL, TEXAS (2013) – Thursday evening April 4, 2013 was NOT tennis weather! It was COLD! It was DAMP!

HOWEVER, the chill and dampness did not stop the FIRST ANNUAL RANDY SNOW ALL COMERS CAMP (RSACC) at the Wagon Wheel Tennis Center in Coppell, Texas. Thirty-one wheelchair tennis players and eight coaches worked together to create a magical weekend — Randy Snow-style. In addition to an exceptional group of athletes across all levels of playing ability, there was an all-star group of coaches that was notable for their talent and tennis genius. Among this celebrated group was Brad Parks, Bal and Marcha Moore, Karin Korb, Dan James, Bill and Marilyn Hammett, and Randy Ortwein. Carlos Turic, President of the Dallas Wheelchair Tennis Club, was Director of the RSACC and ran a spectacular four-day event.

Thursday evening check-in ensured that the players and coaches had the opportunity to meet and learn the players’ strengths as well as what they wanted their “take away” from the weekend to be. Friday morning began bright and beautiful and the day was full of tennis, food, fun, and friendship. Saturday was much the same with the exception of the RSACC Awards Banquet on Saturday night, April 6. The camp coaches, staff and volunteers agreed their personal award was the opportunity to work with such an outstanding group of players.

Several awards were given at the banquet.  Wayne Leavitt received the “Positive Team Player” award. Wayne is a longtime Dallas tennis player who has demonstrated unwavering support to the tennis community for many years and was an active mentor to many of the less experienced players at the RSACC.  The “Most Improved Player” award went to Kirsten Segraves of Austin who made excellent progress with her skills and showed generous team spirit. The “Snowmanship Award” went to University of Texas player, Ricardo Lucien. The “Snowmanship Award” was developed with Randy in mind, and is intended for a player who emulates Randy Snow’s personal qualities, athletic talent and genuine love of the game. Ricardo was a very deserving award recipient and we look forward to his continued success at UTA and beyond.

One award that was particularly meaningful to all who knew Randy and especially to the Dallas Wheelchair Tennis Club was the “Spirit of the Sport” award that went to Dr. Bal Moore. Bal and Randy made impressive strides in wheelchair tennis over the course of Randy’s career and their book “From Myth to Reality” is still one of the “go-to” manuals for wheelchair tennis instruction.

A splendid morning of coaching on Sunday led to goodbyes over lunch. It was a bittersweet ending to a fun-filled weekend celebrating the wheelchair tennis legacy Randy Snow left us as well as making new friends and embracing the old ones. Randy’s family enjoyed reminiscing with his friends and former competitors. We anticipate this is the first of many Randy Snow tennis camps in Texas.

Presenting sponsors of the camp were the Randy Snow Push Forward Foundation (RSPFF) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Additional and much-appreciated sponsors were Madix, Inc., USTA – Texas Section, Dallas Wheelchair Tennis Club , Spinergy, Midwest Health Services, Quickie, Texas Roadhouse – Flower Mound, The Wagon Wheel Tennis Center and Staff as well as the City of Coppell.

 

Randy Snow Honored on Avenue of Aces!

Submitted by on Sat 12/01/2012

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FLUSHING, NEW YORK (2012) – The late Randy Snow is among nine legendary tennis players honored on the “Avenue of Aces.” “The Avenue” is a collection of personalized bricks and pavers that form the pathway between East Gate Plaza and Arthur Ashe Stadium on the grounds of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, located in Flushing, NY.

Randy is the first wheelchair tennis champion on the Avenue. In 2012, Snow joined an exclusive group of only nine other tennis legends including Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Stefanie Graf, Pete Sampras, Martina Navratilova, Andre Agassi, and Ivan Lendl. Snow, a world-class athlete and native of Terrell, TX, was a 10-time U.S. Open Champion of wheelchair tennis.

The Avenue of Aces was created in 2005 to benefit the USTA Serves Foundation (the national charitable foundation of the USTA). USTA Serves is a not-for-profit entity that is dedicated to improving the quality of life among the underserved youth in addition to people with disabilities across the United States through the fusion of tennis and education. To date, at least nine bricks and/or pavers have been purchased in Snow’s honor. Bricks and pavers for Avenue of Aces range in price from $1,000 to $25,000.

Members of Snow’s family visited the Avenue in September, 2012 when Snow was honored with the USTA ICON Award. The ICON Awards honor those who have accomplished innovative and substantial ways that advance inclusion, fairness and equality. For more information about the Avenue of Aces, contact the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation at (914) 696-7223 or foundation@usta.com. For more information about charitable, tax deductible contributions to the Randy Snow Push Forward Foundation contact Lynne Cory at LynneCory@RandySnow.org.

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Randy Snow Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp – EL SALVADOR STYLE!

Submitted by on Sun 11/11/2012

 

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From Cecilia Ancalmo (ITF Development Officer for Central America Central America)

Dear Family and Friends:
I share with you pictures of the Junior Camp held yesterday in El Salvador KEEPING Randy Snow Spirit Alive.
We had 20+ players participate and their families who came to support.
Best wishes with much love!

Wheelchair Tennis Camp for Kids and Young Adults in memory of Randy Snow
El Salvador, November 10th, 2012

sponsored by ITF and Cruyff Foundation

Camp Objectives

  • That participants (kids and young adults) who use wheelchairs participate in a fun-filled morning of games and physical activity related to tennis
  • That some of these children continue playing tennis
  • To keep the Randy Snow spirit alive
  • Take advantage of the presence of the players competing in the NEC Circuit Tournament so they assist in the Camp

 Where do the participants come from?

  • Mario Lucero and Roberto Salazar (Camp Directors) promoted this activity in the ISRI and FUNTER Rehabilitation Centers.
  • Most of the participants attend these centers for their rehabilitation therapies.DSC09055Napoleon 3años

Circuit Stations

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  • Play Points
  • Carry Balls
  • Socialization, Fun, Exercise!

Final Get Together

  • At the end of the camp, player Nancy Arias and leader Jeny Chinchilla from El Salvador spoke to the kids and their parents about hygiene and how tennis has helped in her integration to a healthy life style.
  • Players and families shared with them while having sodas and sandwiches.

Until Next Year!!

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Visit “Randy Snow Court” in Terrell, Texas

Submitted by on Fri 10/12/2012

TERRELL, TX (2012) – On Friday, October 12, the late Terrell resident and Paralympic athlete Randy Snow was honored by the renaming of Pool Road near Ben Gill Park, to “Randy Snow Court.” Randy played innumerable games of tennis at Ben Gill Park over the course of his life.

Close friend Cary Harwell led the effort to establish a befitting way to honor the hometown hero after Randy’s death in November, 2009. In 2012, Cary’s idea came to fruition when Terrell City Council members approved the plan. City engineer Steve Rogers was instrumental in moving the project forward from the organizing stages to implementation.

Approximately 100 Terrell residents, friends of Randy, as well as Snow and Norton family members attended the ceremony renaming the street from Pool Road to “Randy Snow Court.” In addition to Terrell’s “Randy Snow Court,” the City of Arlington (TX) named a street “Randy Snow Road” in honor of Randy’s exceptional athletic accomplishments during and after Randy’s enrollment at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Wheelchair Tennis Camp = RSPFF Scholarships!

Submitted by on Sun 09/30/2012

MISSION VIEJO, CA. (2012) – The Randy Snow Push Forward Foundation (RSPFF) provided sponsorship for two wheelchair tennis players from El Salvador to join in the Cruyff Foundation’s USTA-ITF Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp of the Americas. The Americas’ camp was one of four international camps held in 2012 for youth with disabilities (18 and under) who play wheelchair tennis. Cecilia Ancalmo (ITF Development Officer for Central America), was instrumental in providing RSPFF with information about the scholarship needs of these youth.

El Salvadoran players Erick Deras and Pedro Perez were accompanied to California by their coach Mario Lucero. “I have been so happy watching the improvements these two young men have made. It motivates me to keep on working,” said Lucero. “As a coach, I enjoyed this experience and I am able to learn other teaching methods that I can implement.” Lucero expressed appreciation to the Push Forward Foundation, the USTA and ITF for their assistance in helping wheelchair tennis grow in El Salvador.

Pedro reported the trip improved his skills in play and competition. “I appreciated the attention I received when I competed because the coaches gave me useful information.” Erick echoed his teammate’s enthusiasm for the opportunity. “This trip has helped me to be more independent which helps me deal with the daily challenges I face.”

Randy Snow was passionate about working with youth with disabilities and made a priority of serving the international wheelchair tennis community whenever possible. The opportunity to provide a scholarship to Erick and Pedro was especially meaningful to the Snow and Snow-Norton families since Randy passed away in El Salvador on the evening of November 19, 2009 after coaching a wheelchair tennis camp.

Randy Snow Receives ICON award

Submitted by on Wed 09/05/2012

FLUSHING, NEW YORK, (2012) –Randy Snow was honored with an ICON Award by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) during a ceremony on September 4, 2012 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. The ICON Awards, created in 2008, recognize individual and institutional contributions in diversity and inclusion.

 Snow joined legendary NCAA’s all-time most winning coach, Tennessee Volunteer’s Pat Summitt as well as former USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer D. Lee Hamilton, who established the national governing body’s Diversity and Inclusion Department and made multicultural participation in tennis a top strategic priority. Randy’s father, Tom Snow, accepted the award on Randy’ behalf and stated “There came a point in my life where Randy ceased to be known as ‘Tom Snow’s son,’ and instead I became known as ‘Randy Snow’s father. It’s the greatest honor a father can have – that a parent can have – to be known by your children’s accomplishments.”

 USTA has prioritized diversity and inclusion as primary goals and part of the ongoing tennis culture. USTA’s position is this:

“We are committed—one hundred percent—to making the face of our sport look more like the face of our country. We know that that great goal can only be realized by embracing the ideals of diversity and inclusion. That is our goal today and it will forever be our goal going forward—because it is the only way to go forward. The ICON Awards celebrate those ideals and the remarkable people who have built their lives and their successes around them. We sincerely hope that the ICON Awards also will inspire others to follow in their footsteps and help us all to create a more level playing field in our sport and in our society.” (USTA, 2012)

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