Kevin, David, and Rick have collaborated in an attempt to play an enduring 24-hour handball match.  They will play in a traditional 3-way approach, which is popularly known as New York Knock-Out, Cut-Throat, or just simply, In & Out.  This is a sanctioned event, and will be monitored by accredited witnesses; thus adhering to Guinness World Record ™ guidelines and regulations.  Play is continuous, and the players will be provided with allotted 5-minute breaks to be used for resting, nourishment, and general restroom use.

They have teamed  with the Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network (CCAN) a national organization and the PA Carcinoid Cancer Advocacy Network (PCCAN) a statewide group. Along with PCCAN’s founder, Teresa Lanza, the group is driven to create a greater awareness about Neuroendocrine Carcinoid Cancer and other related neuroendocrine cancers, and generate additional financial resources by way of local & national sponsors, and the altruism of the area’s citizens.

While this is their primary objective, the players are using this opportunity to continue to promote handball in a friendly, fun, healthy, and innovative manner.  Local and regional media coverage, as well as the alignment with the Guinness World Records ™ organization, will also help elevate this platform.  Finally, this record attempt will help establish Harrisburg, and the greater Pennsylvania cities that endorse handball, as a legitimate destination for the ever-growing game.  Harrisburg Handball will be on the world’s map!

 

WHO ARE THESE GUYS?

David Botero is a Business Development Manager at andCulture, an integrated marketing communications agency.  Originally from West New York, NJ, he now resides in Hershey and works in Harrisburg.  David is currently the Promotions Group chairperson for the USHA 1-Wall Committee.  He is exceptionally passionate about handball, and works effortlessly to continue to promote and grow the game in a very encouraging fashion.  He is patiently waiting for his 2-year old daughter, Jude Renee, to grow into her size 7 sneakers, so she can be his best Doubles partner ever!

Kevin Gibson Kevin Gibson is a Computer Specialist for the PA House of Representatives, an ordained minister, and a musician. Originally from Queens, NY, he has been living in the Harrisburg area for over 7 years with his wife Donna, in whose memory this event is being held. His energy and passion for the game are infectious on and off the court.

Ricardo Medina is a student at Temple University.  He is the Alpha Rho Chapter Vice President for the Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity.  He also currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania 1-Wall Handball Association (PA1WHA).  Originally from Reading, PA, and currently living in Philly (Temple U.), he is an ambassador to the game via his constant promotion and participation in statewide tournaments.

Dave, Kevin and Ricardo have teamed with the Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network (CCAN) a national group and the PA Carcinoid Cancer Advocacy Network (PCCAN),  the local support group.  Together, they are driven to create a greater awareness about Neuroendocrine (NET) Carcinoid Cancer and other related NET cancers, and generate additional financial resources by way of local & national sponsors, and the altruism of the area’s citizens.

WHAT IS HANDBALL?

A ball and a wall:  that’s all you need!

Handball is noted as the oldest game played with a ball.  According to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, it is considered The Best All-Around Conditioner.

Hardly any equipment is needed, the rules are simple (like racquetball or volleyball), and only two players are needed for a game.  It creates better athletes and better citizens, as fair play is inherent and players are required to make calls against themselves.  It exercises both sides of the brain, which has been shown to help students in the classroom, and executives in the office.

Handball is a game of respect.  It’s physically demanding.  It’s mentally invigorating.  It’s a clash of athletic titans; regardless of age, size, race, or background.  There’s a great deal of communication, strategy, and camaraderie that is put forth in every single play.  It’s culture advocates true sportsmanship, enduring friendships, teamwork, an abundance of health benefits, and tons of perpetual FUN!

Come out and play!

Source:  www.ushandball.org

 

HEALTHY TIPS

Handball:        

*BURNS about 751 calories per hour.

*Will develop coordination and power in your non-dominant hand.

*Develops concentration.

*Is great for kids since it helps develop both sides of the body and brain to aid in learning.

*Is a refreshing workout.

*Provides excellent hand-eye coordination.

*IS FUN FOR EVERYONE!!!!!

A University of Utah study concluded that handball is superior to racquetball, among 4 measured fitness indicators:

                          -Calories Burned per Hour: 751 vs. 644

                          -Average Heart Rate: 164 vs. 137

                          -Average Oxygen Uptake: 30.1 vs. 25.8

                          -Average Ventilation Rate: 85.9 vs. 70.9

With all of the running, jumping, charging, and hitting…you are effectively using nearly every muscle in your body; a full-cardio workout!  These strenuous movements will result in some key muscle development in your biceps, triceps, and quads; and entail some noticeable loss of inches around the waistline.

And, unlike racquetball, being ambidextrous is a crucial feat.  Handball will develop your less dominant hand.  And, because you don’t have the advantage of a racquet, the game will demand that you exert your body with more reach—in order to make the play; and with more power—in order to connect with the wall.

Preventing Injuries:

While the game is highly active and very intense, impact injuries are rare.  Most injuries associated with handball are muscle strains in the shoulder, elbow, and back.  These can be easily avoided with a basic conditioning, strengthening, and stretching program.

Work on flexibility, and learn how to effectively stretch the calf/Achilles tendon, hamstrings, groin, hip flexors, lower back, shoulders, and forearms.  This is especially important BEFORE participating in any vigorous play.

In order to improve your level of physical fitness—and translate this conditioning into a better game skill—get involved with Running, Cycling, and Swimming efforts.

If you get injured, seek treatment and rehabilitation.

Source:  www.ushandball.org

A BRIEF HISTORY OF HANDBALL

Handball traces its origins to as far back to the Egyptian period in 2000 BC, where stories and hieroglyphics recorded people using their hands to play ball games.  The game transcended the times, and evolved as it was later interpreted throughout The Americas and part of Europe.

Today’s game is most recognizably understood to have been a derivative of Scotland in the 1400’s, and more appropriately in Ireland in the 1500’s.  At this point, it was played widely in Ireland, and became increasingly popular.

Irish immigrants have since been credited for bringing the game to New York City and San Francisco.  There are, of course, a variety of handball games.  1-Wall Handball, for example, is most prevalent in many inner cities, especially New York City.  And indoor 4-Wall Handball is common in many fitness centers, universities, YMCA’s, and health clubs (basically, any place that suffices for a racquetball court).  Toledo, OH is considered to be the “home” of 3-Wall Handball; however, the game is widely popular in places like Venice, CA and Hagerstown, MD.

With nearly 10,000 members, The United States Handball Association, headquartered in Tucscon, AZ, is recognized as the governing body of the game.

 

WHERE TO PLAY IN PENNSYLVANIA

 

HARRISBURG

             Contact:  David Botero / 717.798.7128 / dbotero@univision.com

             Two 1-Wall Courts, Kohl Park, Lower Paxton Twp (Union Deposit Rd. & Dowhower Rd.)

             One 1-Wall Court, “Cuban Alley”, 13th & Haehnlen (near Derry St.), Harrisburg, PA

             Contact:  Chad Krebs / 717.232.9622 (for the YMCA)

             Five Indoor 4-Wall Courts YMCA – East Shore, 701 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA

             *Also, check with your local YMCA and favorite fitness clubs for courts and leagues!

GREATER ALLENTOWN & LEHIGH VALLEY AREA

             Contact: Hector Diaz  / 484-767-5884 /  allentownbigblue@aol.com

             In Allentown PA, there are 12 1-Wall Handball Courts throughout the city at multiple locations; the majority of players play at Jordan Park

              Four 1-Wall Courts at Jordan Park, 1100-1200 N 6th St, Allentown, PA

             Two 1-Wall Courts at Jordan Meadows Park, American Pkwy & Gordon St, Allentown, PA

             Two 1-Wall Courts at Alton Park. Alton St & Oxford Ave, Southwest Allentown, PA

             Two 1-Wall Courts at Keck Park, South Carlisle St & East Mosser St, East Allentown, PA

             Twp 1-Wall Courts at Jefferson Park, Jefferson St & Jordan Blvd, Whitehall, PA

             In Bethlehem, PA there are 11 1-Wall Handball Courts

             Eight 1-Wall Courts at Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St, Linden St & Elizabeth Ave, Bethlehem, PA

             One 1-Wall Court at Yosko Park, East 6th St & Atlantic St, Bethlehem, PA

             Two 1-Wall Courts at West End Park, 13th Ave & W. Lehigh St, Bethlehem, PA

             *Also, check with your local YMCA and favorite fitness clubs for courts and leagues!

 

READING

             Contact:  Ricardo Medina / 215.410.8244 / ricochet322000@yahoo.com

             Two Caged 1-Wall Courts, 3rd & Spruce Recreation Center, Reading, PA

             *Also, check with your local YMCA and favorite fitness clubs for courts and leagues!

 

PHILADELPHIA

             Contact: Miguel “MigDog” Torres / 267-249-9295 / mtorresy@aol.com

             Philadelphia only has a few 1-wall courts and a very efficient indoor facility at the Salvation Army, with              two2 1-Wall Handball Courts, 3150 N. Mascher St, Philadelphia, PA 19133; Hours 5-10pm, Mon-Fri

             Outdoor Courts:

             Two 1-Wall Handball courts at Mascher St & Allegheny Ave, ,Philadelphia, PA

             One 1-Wall Handball court at Mascher St & Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA

             Two 1-Wall Handball courts, Mascher St & Berks St, Philadelphia, PA

             *Also, check with your local YMCA and favorite fitness clubs for courts and leagues!

“LITTLE KNOWN” HANDBALL PLAYERS

King James I, of Scotland,  played a form of handball in his castle cellar in 1427.

Abraham Lincoln, who stood at 6-feet 4-inches, is a historically renown athlete.  His dexterity and unusually long arms and legs were highly advantageous against his opponents.  Not only did he love the game of handball, but he was also a champion of the sport in his days.  In the May 1860 Presidential Nominating Convention, it has been recorded that Lincoln was casually playing handball on an outdoor court, as he awaited the results.

Ex-Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer (retired), and Hall-of-Fame NFL quarterback George Blanda credit the sport for maintaining their legs fresh, keeping them fit, and effectively conditioning their body during the off-season.

Bill Cosby is a noted handball player and aficionado.  In fact, he does a skit about “Handball at the Y” in his coveted Live at Madison Square Garden performance.

Ed O’Neill, from “Married….With Children” fame, is a handball player.

America’s favorite furry ‘lil red puppet, ELMO!!!, is a handball player.  In an episode of “Elmo’s World” where the topic is ‘HANDS’, Elmo tells his viewers about all of the wonderful things he could do with his hands; like shadow puppets, waving, signing, and Playing Handball!  The next scene actually cuts to an outdoor court where Elmo—properly wearing gloves and protective eyegear—is playing with a Big Blue ball.

Source:  www.ushandball.org

Remember the Zebra

In medical school, students are taught “when you hear hoof beats think horses,” meaning when presented with a symptom a physician should consider the most common causes associated with those symptoms.

This adage works well when the disease is a common condition.  But for people with uncommon ailments such as Carcinoid Cancer, this often results in years of misdiagnosis due to symptoms that frequently mimic more common diseases.

The medical community must remember to think beyond horses when they hear hoof beats because the approaching animal could be the less common zebra. This is why the message of the Carcinoid Cancer community is  REMEMBER THE ZEBRA.

PCCAN Acknowledges

THE SPONSORS OF THIS WEBSITE 

THE GARAM GROUP, LLC

Syracuse, NY

 

OUR ADVISORS

 

THE CARCINOID CANCER FOUNDATION
New York, NY

 

HAROLD A. HARVEY, MD

HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER
Hershey, PA

 

ARTIST JOANNA BARNUM 

FOR DONATING ORIGNAL ARTWORK, ZEBRA