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Live on TransWeb...1998 US Transplant Games

The Eye is Faster Than the Ball
Story by Jason Sprawka, photography by Bob Fox and Jason Sprawka, audio by Bob Garypie

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Racquetball is a game defined by extreme speed in a small area. It is played in an enclosed court, which provides for fast play. As the ball zips around the court at high speeds it changes directions quickly.

Mark Kippes (21, Team Colorado) says, "The hardest thing to learn is the angles and how to play the balls off the walls."


Jim Pickard (Team Ohio, transplant nine months ago) relates racquetball to the game of pool because of the many angles. He says, "It is like playing pool on foot at very high speeds." The players all agreed that racquetball is a great sport. They felt it was a way to get a good workout. Louis Commisso (Team Arizona, 56) says, "Racquetball is a simple way to get a quick cariovascular and aerobic workout. It provides a fun way to get in shape without having to use machines." Kippes enjoys the fact that it is an easy sport to learn, "you don't have to be a super athlete to enjoy racquetball."

For many people racquetball is a fun and exciting way to get in shape. The sport provides a challenging activity which can be learned quickly and easily.

Listen here to our interview with kidney recipient Jim Granger from Team Minnesota





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Last modified: 11 May 2000