Luke DeCock

In wake of handball plea, Triangle answers — DeCock

Cary’s Bruce Spader played for the U.S. national handball team in the 1970s, as this letter can attest.
Cary’s Bruce Spader played for the U.S. national handball team in the 1970s, as this letter can attest. Special to the News & Observer

In the wake of my impassioned plea for a new American moon shot in team handball, a few people from around the Triangle have checked in to point out some local connections to the sport.

First, and currently active, are the men's and women's club teams at the University of North Carolina, which this spring hosted the collegiate national championships in Chapel Hill.

Then there's three-time women's Olympian Leora “Sam” Jones, a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Jones was born in Mount Olive but long ago moved to Raleigh.

Cary's Bruce Spader, a 1967 Duke graduate, played on the national team in the 1970s and helped the U.S. team qualify for the Munich Olympics in 1972, where he served as team manager. He contributed this copy of the letter inviting him to join the team.

Luke DeCock: 919-829-8947, ldecock@newsobserver.com, @LukeDeCock

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