On Friday, April 21st, Chicago Inter players, both current and past, got together to celebrate the tremendous contributions of three long term members. Hosted at the beautiful Ditka’s Steakhouse downtown, it was a great chance to bring our handball family together and recognize how much these people have done to grow the sport in our community and make Chicago Inter one of most successful handball clubs in North America.
After over 10 years with our club, Felix MUROKH decided to take a step back from the team to spend some more time with his family.
Felix has given an enormous amount of time and energy to creating the winning-est women’s team in the US, with 9 finals appearances and 5 National titles since 2007, as well as winning 7 Chicago tournaments and many other events. By bringing together some of the most talented players in the nation, he has helped shape a legacy that teams will be fighting to compete with for many years to come.
Outside of the court, Felix has also been a major contributor to the success of Chicago Inter, by setting the foundations of our club’s non-profit status and extending our network of sponsors to include some of our greatest contributors.
We are truly grateful for everything Felix has done for this club and hope to continue his impressive legacy for many years to come.
Another member of that successful women’s team, Jacque MESSEL, also decided to step down from her role with our club this past winter.
Introduced to handball during her years at the prestigious West Point Military Academy, Jacque went on to be the starting goalkeeper for team USA and has been a part of the Chicago Inter family for 9 years.
Jacque’s knowledge of handball and her leadership skills made her a great club president and team leader. Many players will remember the passionate teammate who always boosts the team’s energy in the huddle, but Jacque’s contributions to Chicago Inter go far beyond what meets the eye. Her patience and dedication helped shape the club’s board of directors for 8 years and she has left some very big shoes to fill for her successor.
Our final honoree of the night was Igor LOCHERT. The long time captain of the men’s team is leaving after 16 years with the club. There isn’t a player on the team who doesn’t know Igor, since he was one of the first to greet almost all of us at our first practice.
Come wind, rain or snow, Igor has one of the highest practice attendance records of the club and always pushes everyone to play harder, run faster and do better.
After being a natural leader for so many years, Igor will now focus on his family life, with no doubt that he will be as great a father as he has been a mentor to so many in the club.
Find all the pictures from the event on our Flickr album.