2020 PFC John A. Pelham Memorial TOC Cancelled
2020 SPC John A. Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions Cancelled due to COVID-19
For Immediate Release
August 6, 2020
Contact: Wendall Pelham
Organizers of the 2020 SPC John A. Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions, originally scheduled for December 3-6, 2020 at the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC), announced this week that the event is being cancelled due to public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) and Ladies Pro Racquetball Tour (LPRT), key partners in the event, both expressed support for the decision.
“This decision is very disappointing, considering the momentum this event had built over the past few years,” said Wendall Pelham, co-founder of the Live Like John Foundation (LLJ), the charitable organization behind the event and its primary beneficiary. “But in the end the decision was not difficult. It’s clear the pandemic will not be behind us any time soon and the health of all involved and the community at large must come first.”
Organizers said they hope to stage a one-day racquetball event to support LLJ sometime in the spring of 2021 and that planning for next year’s Pelham TOC, scheduled for December 1-5, 2021, is proceeding. The 2021 Pelham TOC will be immediately preceded by the National Masters Racquetball Association’s (NMRA) International Championships, set for November 29 – December 2, 2021, also at the MAC.
About the Pelham TOC
Now in its sixth year, the SPC John A. Pelham Memorial Tournament of Champions is an official IRT pro stop, typically drawing the top pro players in the world. In 2019, the event expanded to include representation from LPRT, a relationship both groups intend to expand in coming years. The event is organized and run by an all-volunteer committee. Net proceeds benefit the Live Like John Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that supports a wide range of military veterans causes. LLJ was co-founded by Wendall and Dawn Pelham to honor the life of their son, SPC John A. Pelham, who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan in 2014. John’s last Facebook post read, “I can’t wait to play racquetball again.” While that wish was not fulfilled, its spirit lives on in the many racquetball-related events LLJ participates in. For more information, visit www.LiveLikeJohn.us.