John Kempo, Howard Rankin and Ken Wilson, three of the founding members of Racquetball Canada, have all been selected for induction into the Racquetball Canada Hall of Fame in the Builder Category
Each of these three gave to the sport in unique and lasting ways. Although they are being recognized as individual members of the Class of 2021, their legacy and sport story is undeniably intertwined. It is fitting that these three are being recognized together.
When racquetball was at its infancy across Canada, Kempo, Ranking and Wilson stepped forward to provide the sport with a structure and vision that was crucial to its success. As players, organizers, promoters and businessmen, the three were critical in the early and rapid success of racquetball through their business acumen, dedication and love of the sport.
Kempo, Rankin and Wilson were at the ground level in forming the perfect trifecta in 1971, with the founding of the Canadian Racquetball Association, the Klondike Racquetball Tournament and a business which became Canadian Racquet Sports Equipment.
The dream that John Kempo, Howie Rankin and Ken Wilson had of making racquetball in Canada all that it could be, provided the basis and opportunity for young athletes to become their best.
That is what builders do.
John Kempo, Howie Rankin and Ken Wilson will be inducted into the Racquetball Canada Hall of Fame at the 2022 National Championships.