Nick and Tami Leach of Simply Pickleball are holding some fundraisers to raise money for the Hobble Creek Pickleball Complex.
Here is some information about Fundraiser #1 from Nick and Tami:
1st – Simply Pickleball is raffling off a Pro-Lite Titan Paddle.
It’s their top of the line paddle using “new” technology with a carbon fiber paddle face. As of May 15th, these will retail for $125. They will raffle for only $25 per ticket – it’s a steal of a deal. (See flyer)…
Nick and Tami will be collecting money for tickets, beginning tomorrow – Mon. May 1st, and will hold the drawing at the Boise’s Awesome Pickleball Adventure Memorial Tournament – at Settlers Park on Mon. May 29th around noon.
You DO NOT have to be present to win.
So if you have been thinking of getting a new paddle or want an extra one or so – please don’t hesitate to get a ticket or 2 or 3…
Boise’s own Dick Johnson won a gold medal at the recent US Pickleball Open Championships!
From Lawana Johnson:
Besides the Gold in 75 Mixed Doubles with Gail Brown, Dick also took 4th in 75 Singles and 5th in 75 Mens Doubles. Medaling again at this year’s US Open begins Dick continuing into his third consecutive year of medaling in all 6 Grand Slam Major events in 2015-17 (22 National/World medals: 9 Gold, 8 Silver, & 5 Bronzes). He is also one of the few pickleball players in the world who have played in both the tennis and pickleball US Opens.
It was the largest (and, many felt the toughest tourney in history). 1300 players from 15 countries competed over 7 days (compared to 900 at last year’s Nationals). 48 lighted courts in beautiful Naples, Florida, including a spectacular covered stadium court with box seating. Televised by CBS Sports. Prize monies for the pro events. Wheelchair events. Clinics by the Professional Pickleball Academy. Entertainment each day.
The Minto US Open Pickleball Championships are being held in Naples, Florida through April 30. The event started on April 22.
You can catch some of the action on Facebook by searching for US Open Pickleball Championships. There is a live feed of the Zing Zang Championship Court, and you can watch matches that are scheduled on that court. (Best time to watch is in the afternoons between noon and 4:00 p.m. MST.)
Boise’s own Dick Johnson is competing again this year at the US Open. He and his wife, Lawana, travel to many tournaments across the U.S. Dick is very excited to compete at this tournament, as it is expected to be the largest pickleball tournament in the world.
From Lawana Johnson:
As many of you know, Dick is a long time tennis champion and now, after playing only 4 years, is a National and World Champion in pickleball, the fastest growing sport in North America.
He has won 21 medals in the six pickleball majors (The US Open, National Sr. Olympic Games, State Games of America, Huntsman World Games, International Indoors, and USAPA Nationals.
He is also one of the few players in the world who have played in the US Opens for both tennis and pickleball (Gold & two Bronze medals).
Below is a nice article about Dick on the website of the Super Senior International Pickleball Association. If you look closely, you will also learn a bit more about our wonderful 53 years together!
Just click below and then click on the PDF link about Dick.
A new Association has been formed for Senior Pickleball players age 65+.
Webpage: www.SSIPA-PB.org. For more information, membership application,and tournament calendar is available on the webpage. More Tournaments will be added in 2017
SSIPA email address is SSIPA.PB @gmail.com Membership questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the SUPER SENIOR INTERNATIONAL PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION (SSIPA) is to support the growth of Pickleball around the world, through a social, competitive environment for players of all skill levels ages 65 plus.