Hey ladies ~ Welcome to the many ladies receiving this for the first time. We are VERY excited to have you participating in Women’s Racquetball!!

Things are starting to wind down a bit for the official Racquetball Season, but we still have lots of events to choose from in the next few months. Take a quick read and see if anything is of interest to you!! I apologize if there is anything I’ve missed. I do my best to keep track of things, but heaven knows I’ve missed a few things here and there.

Next Tournament!!
Cystic Fibrosis Tournament is happening this weekend at the Pro Sports Club in Bellevue. Good luck to all the ladies participating!!

There are leagues running on an on-going basis all over the state and women and coming out in full force. If you are having trouble find a league to play in in your area, please let me know and I’ll get you contacted with the right person.

Summer Play Day:
This summer, we will continue hosting a few Play Days. For those of you who haven’t attended one, these are a TON of fun and super easy going. There is no cost, though we encourage people to donate $5-$10 to our WPRO fundraiser (no donations accepted from first time attendees…we just want you!!). Bring a snack to share, and a friend! No experience is necessary and we generally have extra racquets to lend out. We understand that with summer it is hard to commit, but if you know you are coming, please shoot an email to the event host.

Here is the list of events:
Saturday, May 22nd, 10-3pm LYNNWOOD BALLY’S. RSVP to Pat Lew at: plewee@earthlink.net
Saturday, June 26th, 10-3pm PUYALLUP (COMPETITIVE EDGE-THE OLD BALLY’S BY THE MALL). RSVP to Beth Neff at: teamneff@yahoo.com
July 30th-31st WOMEN’S ONLY 2 DAY TOURNAMENT-OLYMPIA BALLY’S (see details below)
At all these events, we will be selling shirts and collecting change to raise money for the WPRO.

We created and have been selling Women’s Racquetball T-shirts and Hoodies this season to help raise money for the WPRO event. We have quite a few still left, but we also will be placing a new order for sizes and shirts you have requested. That order will be placed by the end of the month. If you want to order, contact Lori Turley at lsturley@comcast.net. If you have ordered in the past, you might want to touch base to let us know you still want your order.

South End Women’s Beginner League
I am starting a Women’s Beginner League at the Olympia Bally’s. We have 17 girls signed up already. If you are interested in playing, please send me a note. Matches will start at the end of this month.

Minute to Win It Summer Social and Bon Fire!
As part of our plans to bring in the WPRO ladies, Beth Neff has offered to host an amazing event. It’s a summer social (dinner included) but with a Minute to Win It theme, like on the new show on NBC. It will be CRAZY fun!! It is going to be Saturday, June 5th, 2:30pm at Beth’s home just south of Olympia. There is an entry form attached to this email (and I’m sure some ladies will be getting together to play ball before hand in Olympia). Mark your calendar, grab a date and come up support our efforts to bring in the Top Ladies in the WORLD this fall to WA. THANK YOU TO THE 13 PEOPLE THAT HAVE ALREADY RSVP’D!!

As you might have heard, we hosting a Poker Night to raise money for our WPRO event (bringing the best women players in the world to our state). We had 30 people attend and had a BLAST!!! Everyone is begging for more. We will be hosting a second evening sometime in the fall, so keep your eyes peeled if this is something that interests you.

WPRO Fundraising Tracking: (Bringing in the best women Racquetball players in the world to WA in 2010)
It is our hopes to bring in the most talented women in the world to come play along side of us at the Puget Sound Challenge Tournament, November 2010 in Olympia. The whole tournament will focus it’s attention on WOMEN, but to get these special ladies here it will take some funding. Here’s how we are doing so far:

Funds raised:
Puget Sound Challenge: $800.48
December Play Day: $369
Kent Doubles Tourney: $63
State Doubles: $75
Winter Shootout Bham: $244
Seattle Open: $491.19
NW Open: $150
State Singles: $225
April Play Day: $176
Other Donations coming in: $3200 (Thank you to everyone that has sent checks individually)
Total Raised so far: About $5,0000!! (Goal is $10,000)

How you can help: Collect your change in a zip-lock and donate at the next Women’s Event!
Purchase a Women’s Racquetball Hoodie or T-shirt (sold at almost every event this year)
Plan to participate in the Minute to Win It Social June 5th (and bring a date)!
Send suggestions to me for Corporate Sponsors
Spread the word!!
A few of you have asked me if there is any easy way to send a few bucks towards the WPRO Fundraising efforts. I have set up a PAYPAL account specifically for this event. If you click on the link below, it will take you where you need to go to send a little funding into our Racquetball account. Thanks for the $360 dollars that has already been sent!

We will again be hosting a summer tournament for LADIES only, July 30-31st, which is a FRIDAY/SATURDAY. It will be at the Olympia Bally Total Fitness. This is NON-SANCTIONED, which means you don’t have to be a member of ANYTHING to play this. There will be singles, doubles and ALL LEVELS REPRESENTED. Like last year, we will be holding a Banquet Friday night (included in the cost of the tourney) to hand out some fun awards. Entry forms will be available soon!

If there is anything in the this email you need more information about, please let us know. There are lots of opportunities to get out and involved right now. Don’t pass them by! For those of you who are newer to Racquetball, I know some of this might seem like a different language. Please send me a note with any questions you have.

We are VERY lucky to have the Women’s Program we do here in Washington. We are the envy of many other states. Don’t take it for granted! Come participate in something!! We want you!!

Cheyenne Hayes & Angela Benjamin
360.556.9493 (Cheyenne)
206.854.8101 (Angela)

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