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USTA mourns the passing of Snow

August 26, 2008 07:07 PM
Snow, the ultimate champion.
Randy Snow capturing another title.
Snow competes in the 2000 Paralympics.

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Wheelchair tennis lost one of its true pioneers on Thursday, November 19 when Randy Snow passed away in El Salvador at the age of 50.

Snow was an accomplished wheelchair athlete in tennis, basketball and racing, but he made his biggest impact in the world of tennis.

He was a top-ranked tennis player in Texas before a farming accident left him paralyzed from the waist down . However, the accident did not stop him from playing tennis. Snow then took up wheelchair tennis and also established a wheelchair basketball team at the University of Texas at Austin after enrolling in 1977.

Snow went on to compete in the Olympic Games in 1984 in the men's 1500 meter wheelchair race as an exhibition, where he won a silver medal and the athletes received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Throughout his illustrious career, Snow was ranked No. 1 in the world, and went on to sweep both the singles and doubles gold medals at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona. There, he won the doubles event with his best friend and the founder of wheelchair tennis, Brad Parks. Snow also won the U.S. Open wheelchair singles titles 10 times, and was a six-time winner of the U.S. Open wheelchair doubles.

In addition, Snow also was a member of the bronze medal winning USA wheelchair basketball team in Atlanta in 1996.

In recognition of his outstanding career and contributions to the game of wheelchair tennis, Snow became the first Paralympian inducted into the United States Olympic Committee Hall of Fame in July of 2004.

Snow was a pioneer in the sport of wheelchair tennis and remained one of its strongest advocates, conducting hundreds of wheelchair sports camps, lectures and presentations. He will be truly missed, but his immeasurable impact on our sport will last forever.

For more on Randy Snow click here.

Celebration of Life for Randy Snow:
Saturday December 05
1:30 PM
Performing Arts Center
400 Poetry Road
Terrell, TX 75160

Notes of condolence may be sent to:
The Snow Family
PO Box 727
Terrell, TX 75160



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