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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.


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


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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.

North Carolina “Beat The Heat” Photos

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Beat The Heat Photographs

Carolina Courts at Concord NC conducted it’s first ever “BEAT THE HEAT” pickleball tournament on Saturday and Sunday August 26th and August 27th 2017 at Concord, NC.  The venue featured eighteen amazing indoor courts in a pleasant 72 degrees.  Tournament management services were provided by Melissa McCurley from Pickleball Tournaments from Surprise AZ.  Our next tournament is in November.  Sign up today by clicking the following LINK

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