|Volume XV, Number 3146||
Tuesday, June 20th, 2000
HUNDREDS OF NEW YORKERS HIT THE COURTS IN FREE CITYWIDE HANDBALL TOURNAMENT
The sound of handballs whizzing by could be heard throughout the city this weekend as 475 New Yorkers participated in Parks' NYC Big Blue Championship, a citywide handball tournament. Players ranging in age from 17 to 45 years old competed for glory and $3000 in prize money. Competitions were held in each of the boroughs on Saturday, featuring open singles and doubles and B singles and doubles for men and women. The participants included a number of the world's top-ranked players, several of whom hail from the New York area. Sunday's finals were rained out, so the finalists will be showing off their skills next Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the North Meadow.
The Tournament was sponsored by Our Own Handball Association, 103.5 WKTU, St. Albans Handball Association, EarthLink, and the Inner City Handball Association. In addition to highlighting one of New York's most popular playground sports, the tournament celebrated Parks' initiative to restore and beautify 1,500 handball courts throughout New York City over the next three years, including 500 that will be restored by the end of the year. Parks will be removing excess paint from court walls, sealing cracks in courts, smoothing surfaces, painting new lines, and more.