This past week the Andy Roddick Foundation held a fundraiser for the organization and the activity everyone was focused on was PICKLEBALL! Andy Roddick, world champion tennis pro, was there himself and played pickleball for the first time.
He was ranked number 1 in the world in 2003 when he won the US Open Grand Slam championship title. Playing professional tennis for 13 seasons Andy Roddick was ranked Top 10 in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for 9 years in a row. Retiring in 2012, Andy spends time supporting his philanthropic efforts based out of Austin, Texas. This particular event, supported by the ASK Charitable Foundation, raised funds to meet the goals of ARF which aims to enrich the lives of children outside the classroom.
Amer Delić, friend of Andy’s and tennis pro as well, and top pickleball players from around the country, like Scott Moore and Kyle Yates, showed up to support the event wholeheartedly. The USAPA, represented by Christine Barksdale, showed their support as well and was excited to bring pickleball to the Austin, TX community.
*OPEN GYM – Courts #1 & #2 – Basketball (one court), pickleball (one court) and Volleyball (one court).
**ADULTS – Individuals 18 years of age and older. Court #1 (two total pickleball courts)
***FAMILY NIGHT – Courts #1 & #2 – Basketball, Volleyball and Pickleball (one court of each).
Please note that the sessions in red are a City of Meridian program and NOT a Treasure Valley Family YMCA program. YMCA memberships do not apply to this program.
Here are the costs to attend those programs:
Meridian Resident Youth 17 years of age or under – $2 per day
Meridian Resident Seniors (55+ years of age) – $2 per day
Meridian Resident Adults (18-54 years of age) – $3 per day
ALL Non-Meridian Residents – $4 per day
Dick Johnson recently competed at the 2016 USAPA Nationals and brought home silver and bronze medals!
The tournament was the largest ever in pickleball history with 900 players of all ages competing over seven days in Casa Grande, Arizona.
Dick has medaled in nine consecutive national and world tournaments in 2015 and 2016. He has won 21 national/world medals (8 golds, 8 silvers, and 5 bronzes)–a feat accomplished by very few players of any age.
Next time you see Dick, congratulate him on a job very well done.