IRT Joins MRF to Support Troops and Wounded Warriors
The men’s professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) has partnered with the Military Racquetball Federation (MRF), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, to enhance its ongoing programs while raising the level of public awareness for the group’s efforts. The MRF promotes and supports racquetball events for service members in the United States and abroad, including in war zones, while also assisting wounded warriors with rehabilitation.
Steven Harper, LCDR USN (Ret.) and MRF Executive Director commented on the impact of the agreement. “The union between the IRT and MRF is enormous! This will give us the ability to promote healing and fitness for service members who were severely injured in combat while also increasing their exposure to racquetball professionals. Additionally, having the IRT as a partner will give us even more credibility when briefing the higher echelon of the military on our contribution to helping those in their rehabilitation needs. We definitely welcome this partnership with the IRT as we move forward in our endeavors.”
The two organizations have a history of cooperation, noted by MRF Co-Founder, Hank Marcus. “The IRT and its players have supported MRF, beginning with the exhibitions on the USS BONHOMME RICHARD based in San Diego. This agreement creates a true partnership that will benefit our troops here in the United States, overseas, and our Wounded Warriors involved in the MRF Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics program. IRT brings a unique exposure to the MRF cause.”
The professional athletes who compete on the IRT will have specific opportunities to work with service members, according to IRT President, Jason Mannino. “It is a personal, and professional honor for me to support the United States Military. The IRT players are excited for the opportunity to help the MRF grow awareness of our sport. From what I understand, there are over five hundred racquetball courts on military bases throughout the world, and, in the near future, I would like to see IRT players speaking to our troops about the mental and physical benefits of racquetball.”
Look for many of the top racquetball professionals to make appearances at MRF events, display the MRF logo, and participate in a series of fundraisers and cross promotions, organizational websites, Facebook, and other media outlets.
MRF is a 501(c) (3) tax-deductible corporation run and staffed exclusively by volunteers. For additional information contact Steven Harper, MRF Co-Founder, [email protected] MRF is dedicated to promoting racquetball programs and events for United States service members home and abroad, including support of events for our troops in war zones. Additionally, the MRF is committed to assisting Wounded Warriors with their rehabilitation through the Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics (RRC). This program‘s focus is the use of racquetball as rehabilitation for both the physical and mental challenges suffered from combat.