President’s Message—July, 2019 NMRacquetball.com
‘Pride of Ownership’
New Mexico has a history of staging large, complex, memorable events. Examples: NCAA Final Four
Basketball Championships, International Balloon Fiesta, World Boxing Championship, and numerous
political rallies. We were on stage again for the National Senior Games in mid-June, a 20 discipline
Athletic Festival held over 12 days. It was another opportunity for Albuquerque and New Mexico to
shine. Racquetball was one of the 20 disciplines; hosting more than 200 players from many states at
the New Mexico Sports & Wellness Midtown and Downtown venues. Players who qualified in
mens/womens singles & doubles plus mixed doubles vied for medals in more than forty categories.
Generating community support can be a rigorous venture. Those who joined did so with passion,
sweat, and a sense of PRIDE. Conspicuously absent were personal agendas. Communication amongst
organizations, government entities, and volunteers is often a huge concern, especially when there are
questions as to who is the leader of the hierarchy. The Local Organizing Committee,
the City of Albuquerque (Parks & Recreation/Visit Albuquerque/Department of Senior Affairs) and
the National Senior Games Association all worked together to create access for athletes,
diplomats, administrators, and volunteers. I have experienced large athletic festivals over
three decades, such as the Olympic Festival, Pan American Games, and World Games.
Only the Kaohsiung (Taiwan) World Games in 2009 surpassed this one in terms of organization,
administration, and value. They hit the ‘jackpot’, even though most of the visitors did not speak the
native tongue of Mandarin.
Thank you to the thousands of volunteers who lent support across the city and locations in other
parts of New Mexico. It was apparent that each one had the motivation to help make the 2019 NSG
the best it could be. With close to 14,000 athletes and an economic impact of over $30 million, we
wish all who came, saw, and conquer well, and we invite them back.
Quote of the month…
‘Who, what, when, where, Kawhi’
Mark Jackson on Kawhi Leonard, NBA Toronto