September 7, 2016

A Tribute to Larry Sagowitz | 1000 Pickleball Newcomers

1000 Pickleball Newcomers
By Julie Sayers

Larry started teaching pickleball to beginners at the OPC in Rochester in 2008 when he assisted Dick Manasseri and Janet Razz. In the 8 years since then he has taught a grand total of 1000 newcomers to the game. He has been assisted by Ken Peacock, Tom Valentine, Clara Carvey, and Julie Sayers, but is definitely the mainstay in teaching. Because of his efforts at OPC, pickleball now uses 40 hours of gym time each week. That is a lot of time but accommodates so many lovers of the sport.

He not only helps people learn the game but also has been instrumental in many other aspects of the pickleball program. He is in charge of running two ladders each week, oversees sessions of a skills and drills program, and helps with several speedball tournaments each year. He directs the use of and instruction for the ball machine. He has spearheaded fundraising for new nets, painting of the walls, and the ball machine.

Behind the scenes he puts in endless hours. This time has him organizing the ladders, arranging for weekly subs, and sending out numerous emails with scores and updates. He is also there from dawn to dusk helping during the four days of the MSO tournament twice a year.

Many, many people are so grateful to Larry for all that he does for the OPC pickleball program. He is always kind to and patient with every player, new or seasoned. He helps in so many ways with so many people that he is praised by one and all. We at OPC truly honor him with this tribute.

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Photo: David Guralnick | The Detroit News