UnitedHealthcare is 2012 US Open Title Sponsor
MINNEAPOLIS – The US OPEN Racquetball Championships announced that UnitedHealthcare will serve as the title sponsor for the 2012 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships. The agreement partners racquetball’s largest and most prestigious annual tournament with one of the nation’s largest health and well-being companies.
“We are extremely proud to name UnitedHealthcare as the new title sponsor of our sport’s premier event. UnitedHealthcare is a national leader in promoting healthy lifestyles and is one of Minnesota’s largest employers,” said Doug Ganim, US OPEN Racquetball Championships Director.
The 2012 UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Racquetball Championships will be held Oct. 3-7 and is the sport’s original “Grand Slam” event bringing more than 800 players from more than 15 countries, and more than $4 million in economic benefit to the Twin Cities.
The US OPEN Stadium Court – inside the Target Center arena complex at LIFE TIME FITNESS in downtown Minneapolis – is a made-for-TV spectacle of all glass that allows for viewing through all four walls. In addition to the marquee matches in the Men’s Professional and Women’s Professional divisions, the UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Racquetball Championships offers competition among more than 80 USA Racquetball (USAR) amateur sanctioned divisions separated by age and skill.
Canada’s Kane Waselenchuk, the defending Men’s Professional Champion and the No. 1 ranked men’s racquetball player in the world, is scheduled to compete. Waselenchuk and his three-year 137 match winning streak were recently profiled in the New York Times. Paola Longoria from Mexico, the defending Women’s Professional Champion, also will compete. Longoria is the top-ranked women’s player in the world and capped off the 2011-2012 season with an undefeated record.
For tickets or more information, visit www.UnitedHealthcareusopen.com.
US OPEN Racquetball Championships
The US OPEN Racquetball Championships is the sport’s original Grand Slam event. Now in its 17th season, the US OPEN has been hosted in Minneapolis since 2010, bringing an estimated $4 million in economic impact to the area each year. In addition to the top male and female professional players competing for the highest prize purse of the season, more than 700 amateur players participate among 80 USA Racquetball sanctioned divisions of age and skill. The US OPEN Racquetball Championships is proud to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and has raised more than $300,000 for the charity since 1996.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
About the IRT:
Founded in 1990, the men’s professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) features 300 players competing in over 20 Top-Tier and more than 50 Satellite tournaments in Latin America, the United States, and Canada. Tournaments draw amateur and college entrants during the September through May season. The amateur players compete in divisions ranging from beginner to open level for both singles and doubles.