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Over 200+ USAPA Ambassadors from throughout the United States convened at the beautiful Club Med in Port St. Lucie Florida for the annual USAPA Ambassador conference.  The week was filled with training, seminars, regional meetings, vendor demonstrations and of course recreational pickleball.  Special thanks to C J Jermstad, David Jordan and Audrey Phillips for an outstanding program.  Here are some photos from this year’s event.


North Carolina SLAM Huge Success

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NC SLAM Winners and Photos

The first annual North Carolina SLAM tournament was conducted on Saturday February 3rd at Carolina Courts,  Carolina Courts CEO Scott Chitwood was overheard saying the the tournament and pizza was a “huge success and everyone had fun”.   Planners were unsure if players would attend since the tournament was a mixed only bracket round robin and the day before the superbowl. Here are the medal winners followed by some photos.


Please mark your calendars for upcoming Carolina Courts Pickleball action..

Carolina Courts 2018 Schedule

The Pee Dee Picklers Pickleball Club 

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The Pee Dee Picklers Pickleball Club Gives Back

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FLORENCE, S.C. – The Pee Dee Picklers Pickleball Club has made a name for itself in the area when it comes to recreation, but it also has done its fair share of giving back.Debbie Spinazzola, the Florence and Darlington ambassador for the United States Pickleball Association, said the club has been in the Pee Dee since 2015. The Pee Dee Picklers started with only four members but now has approximately 120 who rage from 20 years old to 85.“We’re all community-minded,” Spinazzola said. “We know there’s more to life than pickleball, even though we love pickleball. We just try to help out when we can in the community.”In November, the Pee Dee Picklers assisted Help 4 Kids with a food drive. This is the second year the club has assisted. Help 4 Kids Florence, a nonprofit organization, provides weekend bags of food each week to 2,200 elementary students in Florence County who are hungry. Local food drives and donations make it possible for the organization to provide the food bags.Spinazzola said members of the Pee Dee Picklers stood in front of Walmart on Irby Street in Florence on Nov. 11 for eight hours to collect food for Help 4 Kids. Food donations usually consist of items such as Ramen Noodles, Vienna Sausages, fruit cups, Pop Tarts and juice.“We stood in front of Walmart that day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” Spinazzola said. “Actually, Walmart ran out of the food that we were collecting. It was a lot of generosity that day. It wasn’t just us, it was the community. I’m really proud of that.”One of the main ways Help 4 Kids is able to get food donations is through food drives, said Allie Walker, Help 4 Kids’ vice president and treasurer.“What they (Pee Dee Picklers volunteers) did was hand out little cards with the food items we needed and asked the customers if they didn’t mind purchasing an item,” Walker said.With the food collected, the Pee Dee Picklers were able to assist Help 4 Kids in feeding more than 1,500 childrenDiane Welsh, president of Help 4 Kids, said the energy displayed by members of the Pee Dee Picklers is contagious. She said when the group hosted food drives at Walmart, Help 4 Kids received more food than it ever has gotten.The Pee Dee Picklers have been such a dynamic supporter of Help 4 Kids, Welsh said. And not only do group members contribute to the cause of childhood hunger, they have encouraged other people to provide monetary and food donations, Welsh said.“And without groups like them, we couldn’t feed the 2,200 children we feed every week,” she said. “It costs us over $5,000 a week to do what we’re doing. And the generosity of the Picklers and the community that surrounds us that’s also involved with them, it’s just vitally keeping us going. We can’t do it by ourselves.”Spinazzola said the Pee Dee Picklers also have volunteered by participating in the Salvation Army’s annual red kettle bell ringing during Christmastime.“We also had a free camp for children in the summertime, and we hope to do that again,” Spinazzola said. “We feed them and teach them the game of pickleball at Timrod. That’s another thing that we try to do to help the community.”Spinazzola said the Pee Dee Picklers have both indoor and outdoor courts and play at the Barnes Street Activity Center and at Timrod Park in Florence. Pickleball players can participate in both competitive and recreational games.  Send you stories to

Hot Springs Tournament – March 2018

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Regional Tournament Schedules

Hot Springs AR, the country’s first national resort, will again be the site of one of the most talked about and successful pickleball tournaments of the year.  We invite you to make a vacation out of your trip and come before or stay after the tournament to explore the natural beauty of the Ouachita Mountains, tree-surrounded lakes, and the resort town of Hot Springs National Park.  Hot Springs website:

            While you are here, investigate the nation’s largest gated community, Hot Springs Village and its recreational amenities, including twelve lakes, nine country club quality golf courses, and outstanding pickleball facilities.  Both Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village have many lodging possibilities, all within a fifteen to twenty-minute drive of the tournament venue.  Copy and paste to access these websites:

            HSV Chamber of Commerce website:

     An excellent website of photos and info about HSV is:

           A practice day and a fun day of skill events is planned for Thursday March 22.  March 23-24-25 will feature Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles, and Mixed Doubles.  The tournament is listed on both and

     Visit the official Facebook page for the tournament for details as they become available: lodging discounts, and pictures of area attractions:  

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Special Holiday Smash Edition

Carolina Court’s beautiful 18 indoor court facility was “buzzing” this past weekend as the annual North Carolina Holiday Smash took the town by storm.  The event is held annually at Concord, NC which is located just outside of Charlotte, NC.  Now enjoy the action and some of our photos.ScreenHunter_4481 Nov. 19 17.50


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Atlantic South Regionals – Griffin, GA

Photos Complements of Darrell Waters

Regional Director and Peter Phelps pulled the “rabbit out of the hat” with a fantastic Atlantic South Regional at Griffin, Ga.  Please enjoy these wonderful photos captured by local photographer Darrell Waters.

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