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Van Dubolsky
Van Dubolsky | Gainesville, Florida
(Contributor, Inducted 2000)
Van Dubolsky has been a guide and advisor to racquetball for over a quarter of a century, first through his involvement in his home state of Florida, then later in the first of several terms on the then-AARA Board of Directors in 1983. Founder of the Florida Racquetball Association, which held the #2 spot among all USRA state affiliates for many years, Dubolsky played a key role in the development of racquetball in the Southeast, while remaining competitive in the sport and earning a series of national titles in his own right. Recognized as the primary architect of the USRA’s Long Range Planning and Vision Statement, Dubolsky’s insights and guidance have contributed to the overall steady growth of the sport through what many have termed its “lean years.”
   
Ruben Gonzalez
Ruben Gonzalez | Staten Island, New York
(Professional Athlete, Inducted 2000)
Ruben Gonzalez has excelled in the sport by maintaining the most consistent level of excellence by a single player over the course of a 20-year career on both the amateur and professional circuits. Even now, at 48 years of age, he shows no sign of slowing down – going so far as to become the oldest athlete to ever earn an appointment to the U.S. National Team. On the pro circuit, Gonzalez captured his first tour title in 1989, which – at the time – earned him the distinction of becoming the oldest pro tour athlete to win such an event. Throughout his tour career, he has been recognized for his outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to fair play, while consistently finding himself – at each season’s end – with ranking positions among the top 10 through 1995.
   
Jim Winterton
Jim Winterton | Syracuse, New York
(Contributor, Inducted 2000) 
Jim Winterton has gained renown as one of the best racquetball coaches in the world, after service to the U.S. National Team for a full decade, during which time his squads brought home the World Cup from every International Racquetball Federation World Championship played in the period. He also led national teams to five Tournament of the Americas team crowns and a clean sweep of the 1995 Pan Am Games, where the USA brought home six gold and two silver medals. For his last hurrah as U.S. National Team Head Coach at the 1999 Pan Am Games, Winterton’s team nearly repeated that clean sweep of the medals, claiming six gold, a silver and a bronze medal.