Two important players in the development of the sport of Racquetball in Washington state passed away in the last 6 months and we wanted to remember their contributions.
Pat served on the Washington Racquetball Association for 20 years, many of those as the membership director. She worked to keep our members informed and involved, and organized the yearly summer BBQ with outdoor courts for everyone. Pat and her Husband Bill Dodge hosted two events annually in the Seattle area for many years. Pat was a master at locating players and getting them on the court to keep things running smoothly and on time! She represented Ektelon for many years as a sponsored player and donated gear to juniors on a regular basis. She also was an accomplished player, competing for many years in Women’s Open and in 2004 competed for China in the IRF World Racquetball Championships in Korea. Pat was the only player to take Cheryl Guidinas to double digits in a game at that event (15-12)! She will be missed by all who knew her.
Sid Williams didn’t take up the sport of racquetball until 1966 at age 30, but the excellent workout he received and the great fun he had eventually led to long and continuing success in regional and national competitions. While working as a civilian employee at McChord Air Force Base, Williams began playing racquetball at the base gym. He helped formed the Washington Racquetball Association, and Williams was elected president. Within a year the organization had grown to 46 players. There are now hundreds of members in the WRA. Soon, many local and international tournaments were held at McChord AFB. He was an Ektelon sponsored player. As the American Amateur Racquetball Associations (AARA) regional director, he was responsible for hosting racquetball events in Alaska, Montana, Oregon, and Washington states. He also developed a program to teach inner-city youth how to play the game. In February 2007, less than four years removed from back surgery, the 70-year-old Williams teamed with Kris Kaskawal to finish second in the Hawaii World Outdoor One-Wall men’s “A” division Doubles Racquetball Championships. Williams won numerous senior, master’s and golden master’s titles. In 2017 Sid Williams was also inducted into the National Pickleball Hall of Fame.