SAMAR - The Island with Pizzazz

Outdoor Racquetball Promotion

This is just a copy of what Randy Landis, who is in charge of trying to get outdoor racquetball going here in Calbayog City, is already promoting.  This outdoor racquetball is a good idea for many reasons, especially promoting good health, which is always a good thing.  I hope people take the time to check this out and will donate in anyway that they can.  The link below is a video to tell you a little bit about outdoor racquetball, then there is an explanation of what has been done and what still needs to be done.


I was recently appointed as Director, World Outdoor Racquetball (WOR) Western Pacific Region and am now residing on the island of Samar in the Philippines. It is my personal ambition to promote and develop this great sport, and it’s my goal to teach to both youth and adults the benefits of this activity towards overall health and fitness. Since arriving here, pubic response has been positive and very well received however, the promotion of this sport is contingent upon the construction of outdoor courts. Calbayog City in Samar has been generous enough to site and donate the property needed where we can construct our first courts. Donations are needed to help defray costs to the city for this construction and public assistance is desperately needed to get this project going. Once successfully built and the sport launched and promoted, little further promotion will be necessary to grow this sport going forward.  


What We Need

Our  target is to reach 7,500 USD which will be used to defray the cost of construction materials and labor at out first location. Plans are to build two adjacent outdoor concrete and fencing. Any level of contribution can be offered and will be accepted.

Any funds not needed for construction will be earmarked for equipment purchases and initial campaign promotion and in support of youth clinics, teaching and development. 

All contributors will be provided with a letter of appreciation for consideration and tax purposes (personal donation). Commercial contributors will also receive special recognition in any signage and local advertisements..

All contributors will be recognized by the World Outdoor Racquetball Association (WOR). 


The Impact

Due to the low entry cost to participate in this sport, it becomes very easy to promote this sport to all ages. As provided for as a public venue, racquetball can be targeted as both an individual sport and family oriented activity. Wellness programs in the Philippines are just now becoming popular and, when tied with combating youth health issues like Type II Diabetes and other health issues like obesity and high blood pressure, sporting programs can go a long way in promoting overall well being. The success of other popular fitness sports here such as volleyball, badminton and table tennis, are all contributed to the low cost of participation. As the economy expands here, the growth of additional sporting venues can be exponential. And further, because of the competitive and sporting nature of the Filipino people in general, It can be safely predicted that outdoor racquetball will become a viable and popular addition to the sporting menu here in the Philippines -

Low cost entry level to participate. 

A sport where many newcomers can play at any level of competition.

A great alternative to team sports where individuals can stay active in smaller numbers.

An added wellness solution to a country with an extremely high rate of type 2 diabetes and other youth health related issues.

A challenging alternative that can help contribute to overall economic expansion 


Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that some people just can’t contribute cash, but that does not mean you can’t help:

Please help us spread the word about the growth of Outdoor Racquetball in developing countries and the Philippines.

Don’t forget to use the Indiegogo share tools provided! 

Please share this link with your friends and neighbors through your social media programs

Thank you for your help!


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  1. Scott H ~ There is no contact per se and although I am not a contractor, I represent WOR in the Western Pacific Region. My goal is to promote the benefits of the game and offer guidance and advice. I am currently working with some folks in Calbayog City that have committed to build some courts here. I can also meet and discuss with anyone interested about the game, it’s requirements, court specifications, tournaments, etc. If you know of anyone that may be interested in launching the sport in your area, keep in mind it will take a little money and a site to build a court. Once it gets going, like everything else in the Philippines, it should take off like a jeepney filled with high octane.

    • agreed, all I have been able to find is some squash courts.

  2. Don’t suppose you have a contact that’s doing the same thing in metro manila do you? About the only thing I miss about the states R-ball fanatic here.

  3. Thanks for your help in spreading the word John. I Owe you one.

    • Nah. You don’t owe me. I’d like to see it get rolling too. I want to try it. I’m probably to fat and slow, but I’d like to give it a try.

      • John, I’ve seen bigger guys play the game very well. It’s not about being good, but more about the exercise.

        • And exercise I do need. I love playing the indoor racquetball, so I hope to be able to make the adjustment. I wonder if I still have my racquet? It’s probably in storage at my Mom’s house. I’ll get it on the next trip there.

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