Article Written By” Christina Torres
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.“ –Bill Cosby
Congratulations to our New Player of the Week; David Ruvio aka “Whiteboy” Dave. Dave Ruvio is one of ten (10) male players to receive his ‘A’ card in 2013 and has already risen to the challenges that await him this season.
This previous week David played in the Men’s Open Doubles that was held at the indoor handball facility, GUZ Indoor Sports Club, located in Brooklyn, NY. Dave and his partner Ralph Romano played outstanding during each match, defeating some of New York’s most infamous household names at the first 2013 Open Doubles. Dave and Ralph’s performance landed them a spot in the finals, however they fell just short of 1st place. Dave’s confidence and consistency was heavily noted during this event which earned him the title of Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the first time in his handball career. Win or lose, Dave humbly shakes the opponent’s hand and shows everyone on and off the court the up most respect. Dave’s handball idols are Buddy Gant and Angel Marquez. Mr. Marquez had this to say about Ruvio – “Good kid good player hope to see more of him in the open singles and doubles never down grade yourself kid know that you belong tell the other open players to learn to live with it learn to love it because your going to be there for a long long time.”
Dave first started playing handball recreationally when he was sixteen years old. His first handball game was at the famous West 4th street courts, located in the Village downtown Manhattan, New York. During the summer season he trains there from sun up, to sun down. Dave’s other interests include the sport of basketball. In the past he has won two basketball championships for a summer league and a championship in European Handball. He credits a documentary in which he viewed 5 years ago about the sport of handball in NYC which immediately sparked his interest in seriously competing in the sport. “I started competing at 17. I am now 22. I was raised in “Bedstuy” Brooklyn until the age of 14 and have been in queens ever since. My main goal right now, is to be one of the best” says David.
When asked: What is your goal for this summer?
He replied “I want to take an Open Doubles.”
With his enthusiasm, drive and hunger for success he is bound to accomplish his goal!
Congratulations to our new Player of the Week – David Ruvio!
(from left) William DuBois, David Ruvio, Ralph Romano & Fred of W4th st Handball Assn.
B Doubles at 1st & 1st Park, New York, NY, USA