NYAC to Host World’s Best Athletes

Posted on Mar 1 2016 - 11:24am by DV

nyaca2gKiJ-C_clipped_rev_1New York, NY, WPH Press, 3/2/16- The World Players of Handball and the New York Athletic Club are thrilled to host the WPH Women’s Race 4 Eight III Stop #2/WPH Race 4 Eight V Stop #5 Burt Kossoff New York Athletic Club Invitational, featuring the top men’s and women’s professional handball players in the world competing on handball’s most prestigious professional handball tour live on the Watch ESPN App starting on Saturday, March 12th, 2016. The WPH Race 4 Eight V Stop #5 Burt Kossoff New York Athletic Club Invitational will be held at the New York Athletic Club, March 10th-13th, 2016, located at 180 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019.

The WPH Women’s Race 4 Eight NYAC features the top Women’s Race 4 Eight stars competing in the second WR48 stop of the WR48 III season. The NYAC’s WR48 #1 Catriona Casey will aim for her eighth WR48 title in nine starts, having won the first seven WR48 events held between 2013-2015. Casey will have to contend with NYAC teammates Danielle Daskalakis and Tracy Davis, as well as Ireland’s Martina McMahon and Hilary Rushe, Canada’s Leslie Amminson, New York City’s Sandy Ng, and other top women’s stars.

The Men’s Race 4 Eight #1 pro, 5-time defending World Champion and defending NYAC Race 4 Eight Champion Paul Brady will be making the transatlantic trip from his home in Ireland to New York City in search of his 12th Race 4 Eight title in his 15th Race 4 Eight start. Brady will aim to exact revenge on his greatest rival Mando Ortiz following a thrilling tiebreaker loss to Ortiz in February’s Houston Race stop. Brady and Ortiz will not only have to contend with one another, but also fellow “Elite 8” rivals Luis Moreno, Sean Lenning, David Fink, Emmett Peixoto, Daniel Cordova, and Killian Carroll. The “Elite 8” will also have to battle with top qualifiers hopefuls from California, Wisconsin, New York, Illinois, Texas, Ohio, Canada and Ireland.

When not competing, Race 4 Eight pros will coach clinics for junior players from the WPH sponsored Westside YMCA Harry Mellis Program. WPH Race 4 Eight V Stop #5 Bert Kossoff New York Athletic Club Invitational will also feature amateur divisions for local and regional handball talent.

Catriona TracyWPH RACE 4 EIGHT: The World Players of Handball’s Race 4 Eight V powered by ESPN features seven regular season stops, culminating in The Player’s Championship in Portland, OR to identify the top eight point earners on the tour. Similar to Nascar’s Nextel Cup and the FedEx PGA Playoffs, players earn points in the Race 4 Eight’s first six stops to qualify for the season-ending Player’s Championship and $20k first place prize. It all happens live on Watch ESPN!

The Race 4 Eight V held its first event in October of 2015 at the Simple Green U.S. Open in Fountain Valley, CA and its second event at the R48 V Tucson Memorial in November. Following a holiday break in December, Race 4 Eight hosted its third event in New Orleans in January of 2016, the fourth event in Houston in February, the fifth event in New York City, the sixth event in Salt Lake City, UT in April and The Player’s Championship in Portland, OR in May.

For more information on the Race 4 Eight V Tour please contact World Players of Handball Executive Director David Vincent at wph@race4eight.com or World Players of Handball Development Director David Fink at fink@race4eight.com. For more information on the World Players of Handball, please visit wphlive.tv