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Sol Aber

San Jose YMCA
Inducted as a Contributor in 2004


by Geoff Capell

For the past five years Sol he has been director of the San Jose Open Handball Tournament, bringing it back to its glamour days. However, running tournaments is only part of his contribution. Sol truly excels at teaching handball.

Sol's classrooms are the San Jose "Y" handball courts, where he is the professor. His students range from young kids to platinum bracket players. Sol holds class every Friday at 3 o' clock and gives drop in lessons on a daily basis. 
Sol is proprietor of court #2. Among his high profile students are touring pro Ricardo Diaz, outstanding youngster Sam Kass, junior national champion Tom Linnick, and junior national runner up Bob Schooler. Sol travels with his kids to national tournaments in order to give them coaching and support. No matter what the level of play, Sol always has time to instruct, play, and retrieve balls.

Sol is reinstating the handball program at the East Side Union High School District and the San Jose State College, where he teaches once a week. Sol is restarting the San Jose State Handball Club, is a long standing member of the San Jose YMCA handball committee, and is keeper of the Hall-of-Fame presentation. Sol leads the effort to rededicate the handball courts to long time enthusiast Ray Blackmore, former Police Chief of San Jose. Sol is making a handball video on the fundaments of good handball.

Sol is 85 years old, still works, plays national caliber handball, and teaches handball. How he fits all those things in a day is beyond me. Sol is definitely a remarkable man, one the handball community is extremely indebted to, and well deserving of the contributor award in the NCHA Hall-of-Fame!

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