Ashaway Racket Strings has announced it will sponsor the 2014-15 U.S. Junior National Racquetball Team sanctioned by USA Racquetball. Team members were announced on June 28th at the Awards Dinner for the 2014 Junior Olympic Championships in Denver, CO. The Championship is racquetball's premier junior event in which junior players from across the U.S. compete in more than 50 divisions in Olympic play format. Finalists in the 18 and Under, 16 and Under, and 14 and Under Singles divisions, and champions in the respective Doubles divisions earn one-year appointments to the U.S. Junior National Team.
"Ashaway is pleased to announce this new sponsorship program which will benefit all U.S. Junior Team members as they represent their country over the following year," said Ashaway Vice President Steve Crandall. "As part of the program, Ashaway has provided each Junior Team Member with a complimentary reel of string to start off the year, and will provide an additional reel during the middle of the season."
"We very much welcome the support of Ashaway for this year's U.S. Junior National Team," said Steve Czarnecki, USA Racquetball Executive Director. "Ashaway has been a strong supporter of junior racquetball programs for many years, and is not only the Official String of USA Racquetball, but is the only U.S. manufacturer of racquetball strings."
Boys on the Junior National Team received Ashaway's new PowerKill® Pro, a powerful durable string produced from Zyex® and nylon fibers for the heaviest hitters. Girls received Ashaway's new PowerKill 17, a powerful combination of Zyex and nylon designed to provide a superior combination of playability and durability. Esprit team members received Ashaway's popular SuperKill® XL, a multifilament nylon string noted for its excellent playability and bite on the ball.
Founded in 1969, USA Racquetball is recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport. The organization annually conducts six national championships and sanctions hundreds of tournaments for players of all ages and skill levels. The organization also organizes the Adult and Junior National Racquetball Teams, oversees the Official Rules of Racquetball, administers National Player Rankings, manages a college scholarship program, and supports the introduction of new players to the sport.
Ashaway Racket Strings are made by Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg. Co., the only U.S. manufacturer of string for squash, tennis, racquetball, and badminton. Operated by the Crandall family since 1824, Ashaway has been making racquet strings since 1949, and is responsible for several important technical innovations. Ashaway has been the Official String of USA Racquetball for more than ten years, and has recently been named the Official String of Professional Tennis Registry and the Women's Squash Association. Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg. Co. also makes braided products for medical and industrial applications. For more information visit www.ashawayusa.com. Zyex is a registered trademark of Zyex Ltd.