Dario Mas interest in racquetball started in the 1980’s and his playing career is one of the most stellar of any person in the Mid-Atlantic area. He has beenUSA National Champion 5 times; and in addition he was Delaware State Singles Champion for 17 years; Doubles Champion for 6 years; and USAR Regional Singles Champion 14 years. From 1981 to 2004 he won over 300 tournaments throughout the US, winning 85% of the tournaments that he entered. During his playing career he was nationally ranked among the top ten players in his age group in the US during 15 of those years, at times holding the #1 spot.He has been sponsor by Ektelon for 31 years.
Dario’s interest in racquetball soon moved to the administrative side of the sport, as the founder of the Delaware Amateur Racquetball Association (DARA) in 1984, serving as a Director throughout the last 30 years. Racquetball still is a well-attended sport in Delaware thanks to Dario’s efforts. There are five nationally sanctioned tournaments a year here in the state.
More as a contributor, he was elected as a Board Director of the USA Racquetball (USAR, one of the National Governing Body, under the USOC) holding that position for six years. He served on the board of the National Masters Racquetball Association (for players 35 years and over) for nine years. He was a USAR officer of the Racquetball Olympic Team at the 1989 Olympic Festival in Norman OK.
He was inducted into DARA Hall of Fame in 1990; and into the Miami, FL Cuban Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Dario Mas has been a Delaware resident since 1968, born in Cuba and a USA citizen since 1967. While in Cuba in his senior year in High School in 1954, he was part of the team that won the National Basketball Championship, and he also won state tournaments in shot put, javelin and 800 meters. Dario graduated as a Chemical Engineer in 1962, and worked in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical industries, until his retirement in 2001.
He is truly Delaware’s Mr. Racquetball.