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NOTICE TO ALL VETERANS
WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT HOLDS SUCCESSFUL INAUGERAL PICKLEBALL CLINIC
If there is one thing many Veterans in Southern Nevada know, that is that it takes a village of caring groups and individuals to persevere in the widely dispersed world of Veteran support entities. For the past year the Southern Nevada Pickleball Club (SNPC, 501c3) has partnered with Military Adaptive Court Sports to bring the sport of pickleball to the Veterans of the Las Vegas Valley. The SNPC is proud to be an early supporter of the Wounded Warriors Project’s Pickleball Clinics at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas.
Saturday, April 24th saw approximately 30 Veterans and pickleball volunteer “coaches” join nationally certified pickleball instructors Steve Cole and Bill Bately for the inaugural quarterly Morning of Pickleball Fun, fellowship and “a little learning”. Instruction was provided for about 45 minutes then participants were turned loose to try out their new kills with coaches provided by the Southern Nevada Pickleball Club alongside each court. Competition soon overcame inexperience and everyone enjoyed some physical activity, fun and fresh air.
Pickleball is fast becoming the go-to activity for reintegrating Post 9-11 Veterans into their communities. It’s concentration on low impact exercise, friendly competition and all-round comradery makes this “new” sport (1965) ideally suited to the Veteran community. The Wounded Warrior Project, Military Adaptive Court Sports, Las Vegas Veterans Center and the SNPC will co-sponsor these quarterly pickleball clinics hosted by the Plaza Hotel. Veterans are invited to come participate in this fast-growing sport at no charge. Parking and court time will be provided by the Plaza, and snacks, drinks AND lunch are provided by the Wounded Warriors plus each participant will receive a free pickleball paddle courtesy of the ONIX Pickleball. Volunteers and overall coordination is being provided by the SNPC.
Post 9-11 Veterans, family members and supporters should log onto SNPC’s internet website (southernnevadapickleballclub.ORG) or Military Adaptive Court Sports’ website (militaryadaptivecourtsports.ORG) for additional information and the announcement of the next Wounded Warrior’s quarterly pickleball clinic at the Plaza. Specific questions should be directed to SNPC’s Veterans Program coordinator Earl Stitt at 702.278.5103 or email Earl at [email protected]
Volunteers Needed for Mountain Regional at Sunset
From: Angela Rozovics
The upcoming USA Pickleball 2021 Mountain Regional Tournament being held, May17th-23rdat our stunning new Pickleball complex at Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Road, Las Vegas, NV 89120, is just around the corner.With over + 1300 registrants we are going to need your assistance to make this the best tournament experience on the planet!Please consider being a part of this exciting and iconic event whether you are playing in the tournament or sitting this one out. We understand and appreciate the work volunteers do, so we have made special plans for you to include providing snacks, food, beverages,and a gift bag (with nice stuff)! We are using a database called Pickleball Desk that helps organize people, places,and positions. It is a superior tool that allows you to input the shifts you want, make changes, provide a shift schedule and much more. It is an easy and effective way to communicate and receive updates and information. All you must do is go to: www.pickleballdesk.com/signup/69 1) Input your profile. 2) Pick your area of interest. 3) Choose your date(s) and time(s). Most shifts are: (Morning 7-11AM) (Midday 11-3PM) or (Evening 3-7PM)
If you need assistance, please reach out to: Angela Rozovics (224-500-4064) [email protected]
Thank you and we will be in touch!
DescriptionSwag Bag/Gift Basket Prep Fill all player swag bags and assemble gift baskets.One day –Target Date –Thursday, May 13th
Medal Assembly Connect them with ribbons, place in bracket packages Affix labels, place in storage container.
Medal Presentation Retrieve correct medals, present proper medals to winners on podium, facilitate photosof winners.
Player Check-in & Information Greet and check-in players using software. Answer questions.
Grand Prize/Gift Basket Station Receive and secure payments and distribute tickets, maintain log.
Monitors Help with relaying information or material to courts/vendors and various tent locations.
Runners/Fill in Bring and maintain stock to people and places as needed. Fill in position.
Volunteer Hospitality Check-in all volunteers, provide daily instruction sheets/updates. Set-up station, hand-out and maintain food/snacks/beverages. Distribute “Thank You” bags and log.
Player Hospitality Post Check-in. Swag bag distribution and log. Assist with player needs.
Court Crew Hang banners, all signage. Measure court nets and maintain overall court appearance.
Equipment Set-up/Take Down Tents,chairs,tables,and award stand area.
Grounds Crew Maintain upkeep of bathrooms, garbage cans, monitor water refill stations.
Parking Lot Attendant Assist with parking and general park/complex orientation.
Generalist To be assigned duties day of.
Shuttle Drivers Pick up and drop off players to and from the parking lot to the PB complex.(must possess valid DL and driving privileges)
Referee Desk Assistant Assist Referee Coordinator at the Operations Desk. Accurately and quickly remove referees from their assigned courts and put them back in the referee queue using pickleballdesk.com. Review completed scoresheets turned in by referees for completeness and correctness. (This position requires prior trained referee experience and approval of the Referee Coordinator-Randi [email protected] [email protected] call 310-339-9038).
Siena Pickleball Club Spring Basket Giveaway!
The Siena Pickleball Club loves to have fun, something common to all who play the game. Pickleball players have that fun gene. Well, Siena doesn't search for ways to have a party, and what better day to have one than on the first day of Spring. The club social committee went to work creating some beautiful goodie baskets, put a little tournament together, and awarded those beautiful baskets to 10 winners in different categories. Way to go Siena! Keep having fun!
See photos on our Gallery page.
Henderson Pickleball to get big boost!
The Henderson Parks and Recreation Department has recently announced plans to expand the area wide Pickleball experience at Black Mountain. Twelve new courts will be added, and upon completion the City of Henderson will be home to an 18 court Pickleball complex to keep up with the ever-growing demand for public courts. An estimated completion date has not been made public at this time. As we get more details you will see them here. This is exciting news!
The "Queens of the Court" grace Durango Hills!
Saturday, February 27th was a special day for the ladies of Pickleball as they competed to see who would be donned "Queen of the Court." Presented by the SNPC, thirty ladies fought for the crown, and three Queens were in fact crowned. Congratulations to Wendy Everson, Lee Fields, and Kathy Lewis. The wind blew, the competitors persevered, and fun was had by all. A special thanks goes to all the princely volunteers.
See more pics in Gallery.
Dilly Pickleball League will offer men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles and singles for all ages at the Plaza Hotel & Casino beginning March 31st. The Plaza’s thirteen Pickleball courts will host eight weeks of league play, every Wednesday night from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Dilly Pickleball League’s mission is to, “Grow the sport of Pickleball across the Nation. Our focus is to provide a fun, recreational and social environment for Pickleball enthusiasts."
Mesquite, NV has some great Pickleball news!
John Sadler, Ambassador in Mesquite, has some really good news to share. The City of Mesquite will be constructing 8 public courts on Old Mill Road across from the Rec Center. Please contact Nick Montoya (firstname.lastname@example.org) for design specifics and cost.
Also, Sun City Mesquite is embarking on a $3.4 million project to redo Pickleball and tennis courts and outdoor recreation area. The community will expand Pickleball from 6 to 16 courts! George Young (email@example.com) is the contact for design specifics. Construction will begin in June.
Both projects should be done in the early fall.
Military Adaptive Court Sports (MACS) is proud to announce a partnership with Southern Nevada Pickleball Club (SNPC) to introduce disabled veterans and service members to pickleball. This partnership is the first of a nationwide program MACS will rollout throughout 2021. Earl Stitt, retired U.S. Air Force Reserves Command Pilot, will be the key contact for the Las Vegas program which will include introductory clinics, ongoing play, and community integration for military and their families.
Steven Harper, retired U.S. Navy Lt. Commander and MACS Executive Director is the lead instructor for MACS pickleball programming and said, “the opportunity to partner with SNPC and Earl Stitt to benefit the veterans in that region can be the model for programs across the country”. The President of the SNPC is John Sloan who added, “we are proud of this great new affiliation with MACS and proud to support the programs that MACS offers to the veterans of Southern Nevada”. Earl Stitt welcomes this opportunity to give back to fellow veterans and active-duty military, “pickleball is a great sport that anyone can learn and play lending itself well to disabled veterans who may have limited mobility”.
For MACS, working with our active duty and veteran members is such a rewarding experience, a way to show our respect and pride for their sacrifices and have a great time playing pickleball. Easy to teach, easy to learn and even easier to keep playing, pickleball will help these new players connect with others in their communities. These future players will delight in the opportunities to get and stay active and clubs like SNPC with folks like Earl serve an important role. Maybe your club will want to partner with MACS to introduce a similar program – we’d love to hear from you!
Contact: Steven Harper USN LCDR (RET); firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.militaryadaptivecourtsports.org Facebook: Military Adaptive Court Sports ### About Military Adaptive Court Sports (MACS) Military Adaptive Court Sports (formerly Military Racquetball Federation) is a veteran based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting adaptive Pickleball, Racquetball and Badminton programs for disabled armed service members and veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), amputation, Spinal-Cord Injuries (SCI), and substance/alcohol abuse due to the negative effects of combat. Website: www.militaryadaptivecourtsports.org
“Pickleball Crazy” by Paul Wagner
I am pickleball crazy! How did I become crazy with this game? It basically happened out of nowhere. I played tennis at Aliante Senior Village. When we settled here for our home, tennis was a welcomed activity. I played since college and found the tennis club to be very inviting.
On one particular day, someone asked me to give pickleball a try. I tried and immediately found it to be an interesting game. At first, much of my tennis ability dominated my game. This was both good and bad. Two big differences were the serve and advancing to the net. On the plus side was my court awareness, agility, and backhand strokes.
At first the scoring, calling of the score, and knowing if you were in proper position confused me. I also found the game to be easier on my body. It was much less running and the serve was not such a factor as it is in tennis.
The players were nice and seemed so excited about their new game. Well, it didn’t take me long to be sold on this activity. I would come to the courts with both pickleball paddle and my tennis racket. Little did I think that pickleball would win out over time.
What I missed about his new game was the absence of pickleball in the Midwest, especially in Eau Claire WI. When we are in Wisconsin from mid-May to September, pickleball took a vacation those summer months. This didn’t last long because Eau Claire developed an outdoor 12 court center. I became a regular there as well as in our community in North Las Vegas. Now I was hooked. I had the opportunity to play year-round at our winter and summer homes.
I feel very lucky to have this game as part of my lifetime activity. I cherish each and every moment on the courts. I also love how you can give back to the game. New people are always coming forward and inquiring about this sport.
As I advance in this game, I always remember a poster/sign at the Durango courts in Las Vegas. It reads, “Remember where you came from – you were once a beginner with this game.” So I always say: Play HARD, Play SAFE, Play FAIR, but most importantly, pass this gift of a game unto others!
January 31, 2021 at 3:00 a.m. writing by Paul Wagner
Hjordy & Paul Wagner, 29816 100th St., New Auburn, WI 54757 3133; Kingbird Drive, North Las Vegas, NV 89084; Cabin 715-967-4081; Cell 715-529-9728; Vegas 702-478-9716
The City of Henderson will be constructing a new 6-acre park at Horizon Ridge Parkway and Jeffreys Street.
Proposed amenities include a parking lot, restroom facility, turf area, landscaping, street hockey area, play area consisting of an age 2-5 tot lot and an age 5-12 tot lot, shade structures, walking paths, dog park, and a maintenance area.
Community Feedback Thank you for your feedback during the January 13 virtual public meeting and through the survey. We received substantial feedback from the community and are reading through all of the information at this time. We will hold a second public meeting in April to share our findings with the community.
Need for a Park The City of Henderson has a goal to provide residents a park within a 10-minute walk of their residence and to provide a park within a half-mile of ever resident. In addition to building the park, there is needed drainage improvements to the site through the installation of a drainage structure.
Proposed Amenities The City recognizes the need for a dog park in this area, but we would like to hear from you to see if there are other amenities you might like to see instead. Other proposed amenities include a BMX pumptrack, outdoor fitness equipment, or pickleball courts. The proposed amenities would replace the dog park and street hockey.
Construction Schedule The project is scheduled to begin construction in late spring/summer 2021 and will be completed by October 2022.
Contact For additional information, please contact Carrie Becker project manager, at Carrie.Becker@cityofhenderson.com or 702-267-4054
SUNSET PARK NEWS
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