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FROM THE USAPA FROM THE PRESIDENT Spring is a great time of year with the rebirth of nature and all the beautiful colors that come with it. Many are heading home from their winter residences and others are preparing for spring and summer travels. It is also a time when we reflect on the first quarter of the year and the excitement we experienced while playing in tournaments and on the local courts with our friends and neighbors. As Nancy and I just finished helping with and playing in the West Regional, it is a good time to reflect on tournament play and DAVID JORDAN the impact tournaments have on the sport. To us, tournaments are a time for challenging competition that gets our juices going and our hearts pumping, not to mention the aches and pains it causes the next day. Ten years ago we could go for three or four days at a tournament and be ready to play at our home courts the next day. But as age has creeped up on us, a little more rest is required. But tournaments, to us, mean much more than a competitive atmosphere with medals and long days; we go more for the social interaction with our friends from all over the country (and the world for that matter). It means a time to welcome new friends and reunite with old ones. Last year we were lucky enough to be able to travel to Spain to play in an IFP tournament headed up by Mike Hess, VP of the IFP. What a great experience we all had. Most amazing was the new friends that we met, not only from the U.S. but from all across the globe. Pickleball has spread its wings and has gone international in a big way. One of the greatest things we found in Spain was the same thing we find here in the U.S. — pickleball players are competitive but also great folks to be around. This is true not only for tournaments but also on the recreational courts throughout the world. So tournaments not only give you a competitive venue but also a venue for meeting and playing with new and old friends alike. We are so glad you all have joined this great movement and hope to see you on a pickleball court soon. It is not only one of the fastest growing sports but one of the friendliest sports. From our court to yours, safe travels and happy pickling, David & Nancy 6 TO SUBSCRIBE CALL 724.942.0940 OR GO TO THEPICKLEBALLMAG.COM NEW USAPA AMBASSADORS DISTRICT AMBASSADOR: Karen Spaulding - Montana NEW AMBASSADORS: Jorge Aguilar . . . . . . . . Venice FL Tam Ambrose . . . . . . . North Fork ID Bob/Pat Bauerle . . . . . Big Arm MT Colette Berney . . . . . . Westlake Village CA Maxine Behrman . . . . Delta CO Mike Braatz . . . . . . . . . Bullhead City AZ Brent Brantman . . . . . Sitka AK Toby Brown . . . . . . . . . Columbus No., OH Terri Clements . . . . . . . Cottonwood AZ Mark Del Vecchio . . . . Park City UT Joan Duthler . . . . . . . . Imlay City MI Mindy Feldman . . . . . . Avon CO Elinor Fibel . . . . . . . . . . Columbia SC Steve Forsell . . . . . . . . Santa Barbara CA Michael Hargett . . . . . Atlantic Beach NC Chip Hullander . . . . . . Canton GA Doug Kennedy . . . . . . . Reading PA Jane Klippel . . . . . . . . . Wilmington NC Don/Debbie Ludwig . . Burbank CA Bill Masciangelo . . . . . Currituck County NC Coach Mo Movsessian The Villages FL Alex Neumann . . . . . . San Mateo CA Rudy Patterson . . . . . . Raleigh NC Carolyn Reinen . . . . . . Bakersfield CA Vernon Rodrigues . . . . Coeur D’Alene ID Kylee Santos . . . . . . . . Redwood City CA Karen/Jim Sartoris . . . Burbank CA Justin Stephens . . . . . . Morgantown WV Alice Stevens . . . . . . . . Rome GA Yvonne Ting . . . . . . . . . Northampton MA Eric Tuten . . . . . . . . . . . Slippery Rock PA Bob White . . . . . . . . . . North Port FL Don Wilson . . . . . . . . . Chapin SC Donna Yount . . . . . . . . Ford City PA If you are interested in being an ambassador to help promote pickleball in your region, visit usapa.org.