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Calling All Champions
We are looking for individuals who are willing and able to champion a cause.
Adults: If you are reading this, chances are you are an adult who plays at one of the many public or private venues throughout the valley. For a list of those venues, take a quick peek at this website under Places to Play.
1. We need someone to be the spokesperson on behalf of each of the many venues. This individual(s) would be responsible for gathering player information and sharing news and ideas that can be shared with players at other venues through our club website and facebook page.
2. We need a League coordinator for adult league play. Would you be willing to captain a team?
3. We need Tournament Directors and volunteers. The new 24 court Pickleball complex at Sunset Park is scheduled to be completed next spring. Tournament planning is underway. Adult and Youth programs are on the agenda. Can we count on you to be a coordinator or volunteer?
4. Tell us what adult programs or activities would be of popular interest to you.
How do we get school age boys and girls actively involved in playing Pickleball? We cannot count on Grandma and Grandpa to get it done. Are you the parent of a school age boy or girl? We want to know who you are so we can get your kids and their friends involved. Kids look up to those who are close in age as role models. We’d like to form some teams of kids ranging in age from 8 – 18, and we need some twenty-somethings who are willing to step up to mentor and coach a team.
1. We need volunteers to work with Youth. With Sunset Park on the horizon, you don’t have to worry about some kid cutting into your playing time at your favorite public venue. Sunset Park will be the ideal location to develop recreational and competitive Youth Pickleball.
2. We don’t have all the answers. Can we get your feedback on how you would envision a successful Youth program?
3. Our Club’s goal is to donate and put a paddle in the hand of every boy and girl in the program.
Until our world changed because of Covid 19, the SNPC Veterans program was off to a good start. Under the leadership of Club Trustee Earl Stitt and the cooperation of the City of Las Vegas Adaptive Programming Department, we had twice a week sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Dula Gym. Certified instructor Bill Batley was there to provide top notch training. This has all been put on hold. But, you can still get involved in our club’s Pickleball for VETS program.
1. Veterans teams have already formed at Sun City Summerlin and Siena. These Veteran teams are waiting for a challenge from teams yet to be formed at other communities and venues.
2. If you are a veteran who is interested in being on a team from your favorite playing venue, can we hear from you? Tell us your branch of service, and we’ll begin putting together the Pickleball version of the Army/Navy game. If you are Air Force or Marine Corp, you will be given equal time.
3. The SNPC Pickleball for VETS program is first and foremost geared to working with Veterans who are in need of rehabilitative services, and we are dependent on the local VA office and the City of Las Vegas Adaptive Programming Department for referrals. Our goal is to put a paddle in the hand of every VET than comes through the program. Please let us know if you wish to be involved as a volunteer in this program.
That's it in a nutshell, folks. Pickleball is a great sport. We can all tell stories about how it has changed our lives for the better. If you wish to help make someone else’s life better through Pickleball, we’d like to hear from you. Send us a note to :
Reggie Swinton, former Dallas Cowboy discusses COVID-19 with young athletes.
Former NFL Dallas Cowboys player Reggie Swinton, currently the Arkansas AAU Football Director, and member of the AAU National Football Executive Committee, has created this infomercial for the State of Arkansas. Reggie proudly wore his AAU Arkansas Football jacket during the filming of the COVID19 INFOMERCIAL. AAU Marketing Director, Rachel D'Orazio under President Goudy's direction has posted the attached COVID19 INFOMERCIAL on AAU Social Media.
Sunset Park Pickleball Complex Groundbreaking!
They are starting to move dirt! According to Tara Carrell, Design and Construction Administrator, the County broke ground on Tuesday, May 12th on the facility. Construction is underway, starting with putting up the construction fencing to close off the work area. The construction timeline is 300 days, so we should be playing Pickleball next Spring at our new 24 court complex. Let's start planning now for youth and family activities as well as some top notch tournaments.
USAPA releases statement on COVID-19 Return to Play
Guidance on Safe Return to Play
In addition to its own research and sourcing, USA Pickleball acknowledges several sport organizations including the Association of Chief Executives for Sport, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, US National Strength and Conditioning Association,US Tennis Association and United States Golf Association for their information and best practices.
Please read the complete statement e by clicking here.
As you all are aware, the national emergency concerning the coronavirus pandemic has affected the activities of our everyday lives. Americans are asked to follow the recommendations and mandates of local health and government officials and take precautions for their individual health and safety as well as others.
The USAPA and the AAU have temporarily suspended all sanctioned Pickleball and sporting events on a national basis until further notice. Likewise, all of our scheduled local events and activities have been either been postponed or cancelled.
It is disheartening. So many positive programs were just beginning to gel. Programs like Pickleball for VETS at Dula Gym, Pickleball Training for PE Teachers and Coaches, and the High School Pickleball Sport Club will resume at some point down the road. This is just a smidgeon of what has been impacted. With your help we’ll do our very best to keep you updated on all local events and activities.
Professional Development in Pickleball for PE Teachers and Coaches
The SNPC is working in conjunction with the Clark County School District to teach Pickleball as part of Professional Development training. The first teaching session will be at Veterans Tribute Career & Technical Academy on Saturday, March 28th for approximately 50 teachers. See picture of flyer in our Gallery.
Pickleball as a "Club Sport" at Coronado High School
Because of the persistent efforts of players motivated to introduce Pickleball into our Public and Private Schools, thanks goes to Selina, Angela, and Patti for their work in making the first High School Pickleball "Club Sport" a reality. Local teenage Champ, Kyle Stoddard, will be paying it forward! See picture of flyer in our Gallery.
Veterans Pickleball at Dula Gym
The SNPC, in partnership with the City of Las Vegas and the Nevada Department of Veterans, has started a Pickleball program for VETS. Under the leadership of Earl Stitt, the program is part of the Club's Veteran initiative which is intended to share our sport with military veterans in need of rehabilitative and adaptive services. Tuesday & Thursday at Dula Gym, 8 - 10 a.m.
Southern Nevada Pickleball Club Expands the Enjoyment of the Sport to Youth, Adults, and Veterans
February 21, 2020 By Jennifer Bradley - JB Public Relations
AAU Sullivan Award
Will a Pickleball Player someday win this coveted award?
Since 1930, the AAU James E. Sullivan Award presented by Eastbay has been given out to the nation’s top amateur athlete in the United States. Now in its 90th year, the award has been won by some of the greatest athletes of all time: From golfer Bobby Jones (1930), track and field star Wilma Rudolph (1961), basketball legend and later Senator Bill Bradley (1965), Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz (1970), through 9-time Olympic Gold medal winner Carl Lewis (1981), football star Peyton Manning (1997), and swimming standout Michael Phelps (2003). The AAU Sullivan Award recipients have recorded the history of amateur sports in this country.
In light of the ongoing situation with COVID-19 ("Coronavirus"), the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) has decided to cancel the on-site ceremony portion of the AAU Sullivan Award to be held at the New York Athletic Club. Instead, the AAU will recognize the accomplishments of the finalists and announce the winner virtually. More information to follow.
Voting for the 90th AAU James E. Sullivan Award winner will open Monday, March 23.
These are unprecedented times and we appreciate everyone’s understanding as we shift to the new format to honor these illustrious athletes for all they have achieved this past year.
Yours in Sports,
Dr. Roger J. Goudy | AAU President & CEO
Melissa Willis | AAU Sullivan Award Chair
On Wednesday, February 26th, Bob Maxwell, host of Voice of the Vet met with members of the Southern Nevada Pickleball Club at Sun City Summerlin and had an absolute great time seeing Pickleball being played for the first time. He was intrigued by the energy and atmosphere of the day and conducted interviews with its members, most of which are Military Veterans. Bob said, "Everyone was really enjoying the fun and competitive nature of the game and the sportsmanship was top shelf. To find out more about this organization checkout their website at www.SouthernNevadaPickleballClub.org, you will be glad you did!"
The Sun City Club was hosting the Siena Club that morning. Both Clubs have several members who are veterans who volunteer in the Veterans outreach program. The VETs Teams from Siena and Sun City Summerlin are a template for more teams forming at different venues around the valley. They are the nucleus in planning for the Pickleball version of the legendary sporting rivalries between all of our Military branches. We envision Veterans teams from all over the valley competing with one another.
Bob Maxwell CEO / Show Host / Air Force Veteran Cell: (702) 955-7005 (Best Contact Number) E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.VoiceOfThe Vet.US
Shout Out to our member Bev Keil, Pickleball player and Author of "Pickleball, the Bitchin' Kitchen & Dinks for All"
Member John Williams offers some food for thought regarding Youth Pickleball.
"This video is so interesting and disturbing to me at the same time. I know parents and grandparents who watch it already know the impact technology is having on their children. When the Southern Nevada Pickleball Club (SNPC) was launched last year a big part of their vision was to bring Pickleball to kids and teenagers throughout the Las Vegas/Henderson area. So much so we became an affiliated organization with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) as a level 3 club. After watching this video I believe more than ever that we can make a difference in the lives of young people by getting kids out of the house, off their devices and out on the courts. If you are a Pickleball player in the Las Vegas/Henderson area or someone who cares about the future of our youth, consider joining the SNPC. We are going to have a blast playing the game we love while making a profound difference in our community and beyond." John Williams
Pickleball is Back!
Governor Steve Sisolak announced last week that some outdoor activities could return after more than a month of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the list of activities that could resume starting May 1 were golf, tennis and pickleball.
As reported by local News Stations, "many were scratching their heads wondering what this game was, while others were excited to get back out on the court and play with friends." Seeking videos and interviews, some of the local TV Stations descended on Durango Hills Park to get an up close view of our sport in action.
Here is a clip from New Channel 13.