The Oasis

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, but rather overcoming those things you once thought you couldn’t.”

We all have challenging times in life but with a positive outlook and a bit of hope there you will find an oasis to uplift your spirit.  The oldest of four siblings with a drug addicted Mother and an absent Father, Amy Fuentes took the role of a Mother at an early age.  Amy grew up at the Marlboro Projects in Coney Island, Brooklyn; a hot bed for wallball since the sport was introduced to the states. As a child Amy witnessed the best in the game play at a high level. At 12 years old she took to the courts and since then she has been “addicted” to the game. “As a child, I wished (handball) was a pro sport.” The Oasis for Amy Fuentes has been and still is wallball…

Throughout her life Amy has faced adversity. She was a victim of domestic violence for years as the Father of her first three children was physically abusive. “Playing wallball helps me forget about everything. It relieved my depression and anxiety” says Amy. Now she speaks out against domestic violence to help others who suffer from the same pain that she felt in the past.

“Take Pride in Being a Mom First”

Amy now has four children and is in a healthy relationship with Pro Wallball Athlete, Johnny Velez. “Wallball (handball) brought Johnny and I together and I couldn’t be happier.” Amy is also a licensed cosmetologist and barber and is always willing to lend a helping hand to others. “I’m going to rock these knees until they fall off,” she says passionately when referring to her love of the sport. “Today my family plays wallball together. By the time my daughter is old enough to compete, I hope wallball is a pro sport. I’ve seen it grow throughout New York City as a kid in the 80’s and I have high hopes for it in the future.”  

Congratulations to our new Player of the Week – Amy Fuentes!