STAHRS Partners With The IRT
Washington, MO. August 9, 2018- The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) is honored to announce its new charitable partner, the STudent Athletes for Healthy RelationshipS (STAHRS) Nonprofit Organization. The STAHRS organization is intended to be a tool for amateur and professional athletes to help contribute in addressing the everyday violence that occurs in our schools.
Founder and Executive Director, Duane Barone, 53 residing in Denver, Colorado, founded STAHRS this past February, in the evening on Valentine’s Day. Barone worked with mental health patients for over a decade after graduating from the University of Texas A&M. After a master’s degree from the University of Colorado, Barone started his own agency about 16 years ago, which ultimately lead to STAHRS.
One of the goals of Barone and his agreement with the IRT, is spreading recognition and promoting the STAHRS Nonprofit Organization across the country, all in an effort to help reduce the violence that happens in our schools. Getting athletes interested in the STAHRS program and then using their platforms to help educate the kids is one idea that Barone has discussed with the IRT.
“Having some of these professional athletes meet with kids and discussing, without getting too deep, the general bullying culture in schools today can have the biggest impact on our youth,” Barone said. “Myself and our endorsed athletes would be spreading a positive peer culture and an anti-bullying message to kind of scratch the surface and connect with the kids.”
Barone wants these kids to learn more about racquetball too, and that’s where these interested pros can help even more.
“I’d like to set up a half-day lesson for these kids and get them some time on the court with these pros in their real element,” Barone said. “Kids would get first firsthand experience along with some hats, shirts, water bottles and a workbook to take home.”
Barone said he and IRT C.E.O., John Scott, have discussed multiple ideas about how STAHRS and the professional athletes that play on Tour can help benefit the young audience watching in the stands and at home. Scott said he is thrilled to bring on STAHRS as a charitable partner of the Tour because of the important message they help spread.
“We are excited to be working with STAHRS because the current culture in our schools needs an organization like them,” Scott said. “The Tour prides itself with the players because they are great role models for our younger generation. This new relationship will not only expose the top pros to potential junior players, but will also reinforce the importance of being a positive male role model to the men of the IRT.”
For more information about the STAHRS organization, please visit: http://stahrs.org/
Head IRT Staff Writer:
Kelly R. Diesel