March 10, 2009

MRPA & MAHPERD Pickleball News by Dick Manasseri

MRPA & MAHPERD Professionals,

Pickleball programs are sprouting up all over Michigan this Spring including plans for Pickleball in our community parks.

Thanks to the recent initiative taken by MRPA and MAHPERD professionals like you, new demo/clinics, drop-in programs, ladders, tournaments, exhibitions at local fairs, intramural programs, etc. are underway or planned in places like:
  • Detroit
  • Rochester
  • Bloomfield
  • Madison Heights
  • Holly
  • New Baltimore
  • St Clair Shores
  • Macomb
  • Pittsfield
  • Saline
  • Washtenaw
  • Ann Arbor
  • Chelsea
  • Adrian
  • Battle Creek
  • Kalamazoo

The grapevine tells me that there are several other new programs out there too. We would happy to promote your programs on the USAPA website and the Michigan Pickleball website. Just send me a note with the location, play times/day, and contact information for the USAPA site and pictures and a paragraph for the Michigan site.

Physical Education Teachers, Please tell your students that Parks and Recreation programs are beginning to come online and encourage them to check for updates at USAPA Places To Play MI and watch for tournaments for younger players, like the Michigan State Games.

Thanks to all of you MRPA and MAHPERD professionals that promote lifetime sports like Pickleball. Hopefully, you are giving Pickleball a try for yourself. Remember, the first of a series of Michigan State Pickleball Games for All Ages is scheduled for Sunday June 14th in Auburn Hills. We will keep you posted on this event and others like it around the state.

Dick Manasseri
USAPA Great Lakes Regional Ambassador

USAPA Places to Play MI Spotlight

Independence Township Pickleball

50+ Adult Walk-in Pickleball

Tuesday and Thursday 10:30am -12:30pm

The First Congregational Church Gym, 5449 Clarkston Rd