It seems these days that more Idaho players are either becoming actual winter snowbirds, or are vacationing in Arizona for a few weeks to enjoy the warm winter days…AND, to play the many outdoor tournaments there. Wherever they stay in the sunshine state, its really fun for them to see each other at the various tourneys.
Here are some pictures from some closing tourneys in 2016:
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.
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.