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From the Pickleball Community

Arvada pickleball players won the Golden Tennis Shoe Award for the largest team at the Arvada Ralston House .5k  Endurance Challenge. Seventy-one generous people registered with the Picklebll Group.  A big thanks to all of you! The funds raised at the race today will help abused kids and their families. Pickle peeps are the best!  Look for the golden shoe at the outdoor courts.

2016 Ralston House .5K

Arvada Pickleball Players

From Chris Beal

News & Updates

Hello Everyone

I wanted to send you a quick reminder regarding the Pickleball Happy Hour at Whitlock outdoor courts Tomorrow - Tues. July 18th from 4:00 - 6:00.  Sure hope a bunch of you will show up to enjoy the fun!!!

I received the following info just after I sent the last newsletter -  South Suburban Parks and Rec will be hosting a doubles tourney at Cornerstone on Aug 19 & 20.  Men's, Women' and Mixed divisions are offered with a limit of 8 teams per division, cost is $35 per team and you must register by Aug 3rd.  You can register online at: or give Joe Bushur a call at 303-483-7029.

The Pickleball for Heroes Tournament is open for registration at   Tourney dates are Sept 1 - 3 with men, women and mixed doubles, men & women's singles and a parent/child doubles division. This is an age/skill designated, double elimination (pool play if needed) format tourney. Registration deadline is August 18th. This is a very unique tourney which Ken Marquardt created to honor our veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries while serving our country.  TBI is a program Craig Hospital has developed and Ken and some folks have spent several sessions with the veterans at Craig teaching them to play pickleball.  This is the third year for the tournament and as always 100% of ALL PROCEEDS  go to Colorado Veterans with TBI at Craig Hospital - that means EVERY DOLLAR of your registration fee and ALL THE DONATED MONEY Ken raises goes to TBI.  The cost for the great shirt and  decal  (which are included in your registration fee)  does NOT come out of the proceeds that TBI receives. So...sound like a good thing to be involved with??? Don't want to play but might volunteer to help?? Just want to include a donation??? Please contact Ken 303-929-3878 or Steve Cole 303-926-4252.  Let's fill  up the courts!!!

Chris' Corner

A special apology to Scott Winters at Lifetime Fitness - I gave you an incorrect email address for him and I hope it did not mess up your chance to register for their tourney - the correct email is:  I left of the "s" last time so please correct that address for future reference.  I hope many of you played  in their singles shootout tourney.  If you enjoy competitive play, stay in touch with them as they are great at hosting lots of tourneys.



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News & Updates

Hello Everyone

FUN TOURNEY HAPPENING THIS WEEK -- LIFETIME FITNESS IN PARKER IS HOSTING A SINGLES SHOOTOUT TOURNEY THIS THURSDAY, JULY 13TH - 6P.M. TO 9 PM - ENTRY DEADLINE IS TUES, JULY 11TH - CONTACT SCOTT WINTER - with partner name, division and email address.  This is a one evening event - beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions.  Sorry about the late notice - Scott sent me the details but I had already sent out last month's newsletter when I got the info.  Sure hope you can get right on this and go have some fun playing singles at Lifetime Fitness Pickleball.  9250 Crown Crest Blvd, Parker, Co - might try to give them a call to be sure it has not filled.

Impact Sports will host an Open House July 15th  - 8 am - Noon. stop by for door prizes, play on their indoor courts and meet Wayne Walden who is teaching at Impact Sports in Superior.  they are offering bootcamps the last two weekends in July  as well as skills & drills, clinics and private/semi private lessons.  Impact Sports is located at One Superior Dr, Unit B, superior, Co 303-467-2288 .  You can also contact Wayne at 805-471-3365

Marc and Tim are still looking for some help for the SSIPA tourney July 18 - 20 at Cornerstone Park.  Give Marc a call - 720-987-8929 or email .    Let's reach out and help make this first Denver SSIPA tourney a huge success.   

Lakewood Parks and Rec will be holding a pickleball happy hour on July 18th from 4 - 6pm at the outdoor courts at Whitlock Rec Center, 1555 Dover, Lakewood.  Eric Gavinski, who is the Adult Sports Programmer for the City of Lakewood, wants to provide an opportunity for a trial run of leagues for the Fall and just a time for socializing with your pickleball friends - pass the word and let's fill up the courts!!! See you on the courts for some "happy time" play!!!

Buena Vista USAPA Ambassador, Stephanie McDonald invites you to join them and Pickleball Pro David Redding for lessons and clinics  Aug. 10th, 11th and 12th..  David is a former collegiate and professional tennis player, pro and coach. He currently coaches at Harding University (he says he only does that so he can pay for his pickleball addiction).  David has an impressive collection of gold medals in pickleball:  3 golds in 2015 and 2 golds in 2017 at National Senior Games; gold in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at Huntsman World Senior Games; gold at the US Open in 2016.   To register for lessons/clinics in Buena Vista with David:  You can also contact Stephanie if you have questions: - 719-395-8382.  Would be a great time of the year to visit our pickleball friends in beautiful Buena Vista.

THE PICKLEBALL FOR HEROS TOURNEY is now open for registration.  Ken does an awesome job with this great tourney with all proceeds going to Operation TBI, a program of Craig Hospital for Colorado Veterans with traumatic brain injuries.  Tourney is held at Apex's beautiful  24 outdoor courts on September 1 - 3.  This tourney is one of the very few that provides an opportunity for parents and kids to play as a team (ages 7 - 11 and 12 - 15) !!!    Age groups  (18 - 70+) and skills rating (3.0 - 4.5+) are provided in the double elimination/pool play format . Divisions:  women's &  men's doubles and singles and mixed doubles.

Register at or stop by Apex.  Great shirts included in the registration price !!!

THE BATTLE OF THE PADDLE  TOURNEY returns to Glenwood Springs for the second year  on September 22 - 24, 2017.  What a great time of the year for a trip to Glenwood !!! Join the western slope players on their 8 outdoor courts for 3 days of great play - singles, doubles and mixed - all levels from 3.0 - 5.0. plus a Pickleball Mixer Friday evening under the lights.  This is a USAPA sanctioned tourney - Double elim, 2/3 to 11 points - medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams - ages 16 and up are welcome. Food vendors will be available.  Registration deadline is Sept. 13th -

Tim Kuss asked that I let you know that he is an IPTPA Certified Pickleball Teaching Professional (coach) and a Certified Rating Specialist.  If you are interested in being rated professional, contact Tim at

I  met with Adam Kahn at Meadow Creek and they will be offering indoor court time starting in Sept as well as pickleball on the outdoor heated court (second court being built right now) year round.  They have a great Silver Sneakers program in fitness/conditioning activites and will extend it to pickleball also.  Pickleball court times will most likely include Sun and Wed afternoons, Mon & Tues, mornings  and Fri.evenings on the 6 indoor courts. I must say that I am very impressed with the planning and Adam's support for including pickleball in their facility.  I am sure you will be impressed with the venue and I will share the final details with you as Adam finalizes times, dates and details.  You are welcome to stop by any time to see the facility.  Membership is not required to use the courts and the court fees will be very similar to the current daily use costs at most recreation centers.  The Denver Metro Pickleball Club may be offering court times at Meadow Creek in addtion to the ones that will be "open drop in times".  Thanks Ken for laying the ground work.  


FOR WHITLOCK PLAYERS:  for the month of Aug. drop in times M - Th will end at 3:00.