Team Ektelon
July 27, 2009
Team Ektelon eMail Newsletter
Team Ektelon eMail Newsletter

Ektelon Team Member TJ Ferro Honored

On Saturday, July 25th, in the evening of the 2nd day of play at the Summerfest Tournament at the Glass Courts in Lombard, IL, a Night of Appreciation and Support was held in honor of TJ Ferro.  He is an Ektelon Team Member, Junior Team Illinois Coach, member of the Illinois State Racquetball Association (ISRA) and National Masters Racquetball Association (NMRA) Boards of Directors, and winner of numerous National and State titles.

TJ attended with Marty, his partner of 24 years, and their immediate family consisting of TJ’s brothers, sister, two sons, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.  His family reflected a life well-lived and tended with love and respect.

TJ was honored by friends and competitors and many of the junior players whose blossoming racquetball careers were expertly crafted by TJ for over 10 years.

The evening was filled with great music, food and friends. 

The night was planned to show support to TJ who is literally in a fight for his life.  It is a challenge that he accepts, and those of us who know him well are sure he will win this as he has so many of the matches he has played in his life. He has faced personal life challenges before and through his grit and determination has been victorious. 

Near the end of the celebration, TJ was presented a number of awards and mementos. 

He gratefully accepted a custom made “TJ FERRO” Signature Chrome Speedport Racquet from the Management Team at Ektelon.  It was presented by Team Ektelon Member Geoff Peters, Illinois Regional Advisor Lynn Yeazell, and Advisory Council Director Tom Curran.

He was recognized by two junior players he coached, Trevor Snyders and Krystal Csuk, who presented him with an engraved picture frame holding photos of his students.


ISRA Board President Laurel Davis presented a list of TJ’s racquetball accomplishments over the years and then announced that TJ was being inducted into the ISRA Hall of Fame.  This is a much deserved honor.

The Ektelon Leadership Team, all of whom call him Friend, stand beside him as he continues with the toughest challenge of his life.

He will win, as he always has, with grace and determination.  He is an inspiration to us all.


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