USA Pickleball Ambassadors Visit

Pickleball ambassadors are volunteers who have pledged to promote the sport of pickleball and the USA Pickleball Association. On Tuesday, July 2, our local USAPA ambassadors, Mike and Princess Leong, were invited to the SIR 114 luncheon at the Clubhouse.  Mike and Princess gave an informative talk about pickleball and the benefits of playing, followed by a demonstration on the courts.Spectators were encouraged to join in and play.The Leongs are very supportive of our plans for dedicated courts, acknowledging this would make pickleball atThe Villages accessible to more players. They listed some of the many benefits:attracting new residents, increased club membership, building new friendships and supporting healthy living.  A big thank you to the SIR organization for helping to promote pickleball here in The Villages!

Pickleball Dominates Florida Community

When Chad Edwards and Simone Jardim uprooted their life in Michigan and moved to Naples two years ago, the husband and wife were betting on pickleball.

Edwards ran a baseball academy in East Lansing, while Jardim was the women’s tennis coach at Michigan State. But after playing in the 2016 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, the couple – already addicted to the sport – saw the game’s potential in Southwest Florida.

The bet paid off. Edwards and Jardim now run the academy at the largest pickleball facility in the country at East Naples Community Park. They’re at the forefront of helping the sport infuse with the DNA of Naples.

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Happy Father’s Day!

A great Father’s Day was had by all on the Bistro Patio.  The food and beer were fantastic along with music by the Singing Cowboy and his Bluegrass Band.  A big thank you goes to John Yu for organizing the event and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Pickleball Club.  Anahid Gregg, our club liaison was a huge help working with John.  The 50/50 raffle winner was Wes Tanaka.  He generously donated all of his winnings to our club.  The Pickleball Club is lucky to have so much support here at The Villages.
Haven’t tried Pickleball yet?  Come join us playing the fastest growing sport in the over 55 age group.  Mike Walias has a special session every Wednesday and Friday; 1:00 to 1:30 for beginners only, on courts 5 and 6.  Starting at 1:30 to 3:00, our regular Drop-In for all players is held.  Mike will assist in forming groups and giving tips to players.  We have equipment for you to use, just wear your non-marking court shoes.  Check out our website too…  for more information.  See you on the courts!
Picture:  Wes Tanaka with Pickleball President, Garry Gray