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57th USHA National One-Wall Championships

By Glenn T. Hall
     The summer of 2017 will be remembered as the “Year of One-Wall.” Our first National Championship of the season was the Small Ball Junior Nationals, the second year in-a-row we joined forces with the Inner City Handball Association. This year’s event featured players from out of the New York Metro area and drew a total 102 contestants. This was all made possible by the collaborative effort of USHA, ICHA and WPH.
     Next, the Wallball Nationals offered the richest prize money list ever and also drew over 100 contestants. There were upsets and new stars in the women’s doubles while Timothy Gonzalez reclaimed the top spots in the men’s events. 
     Our Small Ball Nationals, held August 3-6 are a day shorter than usual and are next on the agenda.  The prize money purse will top $10,000, and the USHA Board will be in town, holding their first summer board meeting in the Big Apple.  That they join us at the one-wall is historic but of even greater importance is that the Borough of Brooklyn has declared Saturday August 5th “Handball Day” and the Brooklyn President is presenting the Citation and proclamation to our USHA President, LeaAnn Martin.  Also returning to New York to attempt to regain her crown is none other than one of our all-time best, Tracy Davis. Certainly a hall of famer, Tracy is looking to challenge all of the younger stars, including Danielle Daskalakis, Sandy Ng, the Garate Sisters and more.  The men’s division expects to be among the largest fields in years, drawn by the big prize money purse.  And, are there any challengers to unseat the five-time Masters Doubles champs of Figueroa and Roberts? 
     Finally, the USHA partners again later in the month of August with the ICHA to offer the Junior Wallball Nationals.  Wallball continues to grow as the most popular one-wall game in New York and the competition should prove exciting.  Additionally, we have Flushing Bank, an important local Community Bank, as our sponsor to help fund the cost of the event. So, make plans to see all of our one-wall action!  
 
Only a few steps away from the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk, there are plenty of attractions to enjoy while not on the courts!
 
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