May 31, 2010

2011 Meijer State Games of Michigan To Include Pickleball

To: Pickleball Ambassadors, Programmers, and Enthusiasts
From: Dick Manasseri, USA Pickleball Association

The Meijer State Games of Michigan have decided to add Pickleball to the 2011 Games scheduled for June 24-26, 2011 in Grand Rapids. The inclusion of Pickleball is a real plus as we work together to "mainstream" Pickleball-4-All.

You can learn about the 2010 State Games at http://www.stategamesofmichigan.com/  Meijer is the title sponsor. Blue Cross and Subway are also providing funding to sustain the games for the next several years.

USAPA Ambassador Dick Draigh is our Pickleball Commissioner for the State Games and he is being ably assisted by USAPA Ambassadors John and Jean Schowalter. Watch for emails from them to marhsall your ideas and collaboration. In particular, we are interested in the your input on how best to capture the enthusiasm of our younger players and encourage them to sharpen their skills and prepare to compete in the State Games.

Jim and Yvonne Hackenberg have been appointed as USAPA Ambassadors-at-Large. They are interested in helping players across the state to improve both their skill levels and their enjoyment of the game. They are open to provide skills clinics and to work on statewide projects like helping us introduce USAPA ratings and rated touraments.

This Memorial Day, let us be reminded of the freedom we have to live in peace and even recreate thanks to the sacrifices of our heroic military personnel.

-Dick