3WallBall 2018 Sports Festival in Las Vegas
The 2018 3WallBall Sports Festival maintained its identity as the only event of its kind in the world. Year nine is finished and what a great year it was. During the year, the site is a blank asphalt parking lot across the Boulevard from the Stratosphere Hotel. In September for the last nine years, courts are constructed and the Sports Festival Village of shade canopies, bleachers and even restrooms occupies the site. Regular play begins at 7:00am on Thursday and continues through Sunday afternoon. By Tuesday afternoon after the event, the site is returned to its original state. This year, over 400 players from 23 states and eight countries played almost 600 matches in 70 divisions. Professional Men & Women and Amateur Men & Women competed in Racquetball, Handball and Paddleball divisions for over $20,000 in prize money and awards. The festivities started on Wednesday night with the MRF (Military Racquetball Foundation) Charity Doubles, where funds were raised to help support future events for the rehab of the wheelchair players and the service veterans. Other special events included the traditional presenting of the colors on Saturday night and the introduction of 2018 WOR Hall of Fame inductees, Vic Leibofsky, Hank Marcus and Greg Solis. Year nine is in the books and work has already begun on the 10th Anniversary edition. For brackets and results, see www.r2sports.com
All photos by Randy Lam/Mike Augustin.