Fred Lewis – Founder and President
Fred has spent almost his entire life involved in the sport of handball. His parents taught him how to play when he was a youngster. He spent his summers at the famed Castle Hill Beach Club in the Bronx, N.Y. competing in tournaments as a child and in his early adult years. He attended the University of Miami, attaining a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Education. While at the University, he led Miami to a National Intercollegiate Handball Championship as well as two individual open singles titles.
From 1973 until 1988, Fred competed on the USHA Professional Handball Tour. He amassed six National Four Wall Open/Pro Singles Titles and Three National Three Wall Open Singles Titles. In 1993 he was inducted into the USHA Handball Hall of Fame and in 2011 he was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
From 1982 until 1997, Fred served as treasurer and director of the United States Handball Association. From 2009 until 2013 he served as President of the World Players of Handball Foundation. In 1997 he co-founded Yes 2 Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to using the sport of handball as a means of enriching the lives of children.
Fred is a CPA and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Rancho Sahuarita Companies. From 1989 until 2005 he taught finance and accounting at the University of Phoenix.
Benny and Bobbie Young
Benny’s vocation is as a career public administrator and civil engineer with two “avocations” – Americana roots fiddle music and HANDBALL – which he attributes to his Irish Heritage. He was involved with the “Yes 2 Kids” Youth Handball Program from its inception, and has remained a consistent supporter of efforts to introduce the world’s greatest and oldest game to young people. He and his wife Bobbie, a YMCA professional, reside in Salinas, CA.
Bobbie has worked for the YMCA for over 30 years. Her involvement with youth handball goes back to the beginning of Yes 2 Kids in Tucson, Arizona where she opened the YMCA facility and memberships to the young people in the program to play handball. She watched as Luis Moreno, Abraham Montijo, and others found their way into the handball community.
Currently the Executive Director for the Salinas Community YMCA, Bobbie still has a passion for youth and introducing them to the game of handball. Bobbie has a BS in Exercise and Sports Sciences from University of Arizona, and an MS in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College in Massachusetts. She is married to Benny Young – an avid handball player and youth handball supporter.
Betsey Beckmann moved to Tucson in the summer of 2012 from St Louis, Missouri. Currently President of Coat-A-Kid, Inc, a nonprofit started in St Louis in 2001 by the Beckmann family. It has provided over 12,000 new coats, hats and gloves to kids in need in the St Louis area.
I have 3 children, 2 girls both away at school and one son, John Henry, who currently plays handball and is enjoying it immensely.
Janet has a master’s degree in Speech Pathology. She worked in the public schools and private practice for over 12 years. When she discovered the benefits of being coached as an entrepreneur in private practice, she then developed a passion for coaching and transformation. For the next 10 years, she led leadership courses, coached clients both in personal and business issues, and became a Project Catalyst Coach for independent films and public speakers.
Janet has always been physically active and health oriented as well. She was a runner for over 10 years and completed the Houston Marathon in 1982. She is happily married to her husband, Tom of 17 years and they adore supporting their son, Kaelan in his passion for handball.
As Community Liaison for the Rancho Sahuarita Company, Jeremy Sharpe is committed to developing and fostering quality relationships with community partners; working to promote and enhance the lifestyle for the master planned community development of nearly 15,000 residents, and managing marketing and public relations for the company. Sharpe is a two time University of Arizona graduate with a Bachelors of Science. in Geography and Regional Development and a Masters in Business Administration.
In addition to his involvement with the Fred Lewis Foundation for Youth Handball, Sharpe dedicates time serving as a Trustee for St. Gregory College Preparatory School in Tucson and as a volunteer for Junior Achievement. He is a licensed real estate professional in the State of Arizona, and has a passion for education, innovation, and community engagement.
I am currently the Business Manager and a member of the Administrative Team for Montessori de Santa Cruz Charter School and Preschool, in Tubac, AZ. I interface with regulatory agencies and provide support to ensure compliance and maintain accounting controls. In 2009, I was instrumental in integrating “The Virtues Project™” into the school culture which provides a foundation for community service, helps develop leadership skills, and aids in minimizing discipline issues. As a result, the students are recognized as leaders in Santa Cruz County and go on to become leaders in other endeavors.
Prior to joining the team at Montessori de Santa Cruz, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to stay home and raise my two children until they were of school age – I regard this is my greatest achievement.
Before having children, I managed a branch of one of the largest credit unions in Texas. For ten years, I managed and coordinated services for the staff and members of Teachers Federal Credit Union helping the management team develop the credit union into one of the top rated credit unions in Texas.
I am a certified Montessori instructor with a Masters Equivalent from the Southwest CUNA Management School in Dallas, TX and I attended the University of Texas.