A little about me. Pickleball — invented on a summer afternoon on Bainbridge Island, WA — was just 6-years old when I was born. Skipping ahead almost two decades, I did my undergraduate studies at Hope College (and played tennis there… Go Dutchmen!). A few years later, I got my MBA from Michigan State University (Go Green!).
I spent several years in Corporate America working in the Lowe’s Companies, Inc. logistics organization in North Carolina and in the merchandise finance and supply chain group at Kmart Corporation. For approximately the last 12 years I have owned my own digital marketing/social media business. I’m married to my best friend – who also runs her own business and blogs on the topics of toxins and health & wellness.
My Pickleball Roots
In terms of my pickleball experience, I remember playing it in Physical Education Class in 7th or 8th grade. I didn’t pick it up again until November, 2014 when my mother-in-law mentioned they were playing it at our local church, Woodside Bible Church, in Troy, Michigan. I’ve been hooked ever since and absolutely love playing pickleball.
From November, 2016 thru April, 2018, I was the “Pickleball Specialist” (newly created position) at the local Community Center where I managed and grew the pickleball program to 150+ seniors. Since November, 2017, I have been the Pickleball Instructor at the Court Yard Sportsplex in southwest, Ohio.
I am currently a 4.5 player and am IPTPA certified. I give lessons (private, group, clinics) daily and play as frequently as I can. Because I’m not yet eligible to participate in our annual, local USAPA-sanctioned pickleball tournament, I try to help in whatever capacity I’m able, and to that end, serve as “head referee” at the Middletown, OH USAPA-sanctioned pickleball tournament.
Ping Pong & Tennis — Sports that Influenced me on the Pickleball Court
Pickleball is a cross between tennis and Ping-Pong. Although I’ve only been playing pickleball since November, 2014, I have been playing ping-pong and tennis for much longer. I remember playing ping-pong as a youngster with my older brother and dad. To this day, we all still play on special family occasions such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. I started playing tennis when I was 7 or 8. I continued playing tennis throughout high school and even played during my four years at Hope College. Now, with the exception of a week or two during the year, the pickleball paddle has completely replaced the tennis racket.
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