PickleballCentral is honored to be working with the USA Pickleball Association and the IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association) to create the Pickleball Hall of Fame. The Pickleball Hall of Fame will capture pickleball history while pickleball is still a young sport with a big future. The following is an announcement from the president of the USAPA and IPTPA regarding the Pickleball Hall of Fame:
Dear Pickleball Community,
The USA Pickleball Association and the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association are proud to announce the creation of the Pickleball Hall of Fame. The Pickleball Hall of Fame will recognize individuals who have achieved exceptional results in pickleball play over the course of their career, as well as those who have made exceptional contributions to the growth, development, and leadership of the game. All candidates should have also demonstrated a high level of character, integrity, sportsmanship and consideration for others and thus earned the respect and admiration of their peers. PickleballCentral will serve as the initial home of The Pickleball Hall of Fame at their headquarters in Kent, Washington next to The Pickleball Museum.
A group of pickleball leaders has formed The Pickleball Hall of Fame Foundation. The Foundation will incorporate the Pickleball Hall of Fame as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation, establish the structure and procedures for the Hall of Fame and build an associated website. The initial inductees in the Pickleball Hall of Fame will be announced at the 2017 USAPA National Championships in November.
Seeking Nominating and Selection Committee Members
The Foundation is looking for 16 people with an extensive background in pickleball to serve on the Nominating and Selection Committees. The Nominating Committee will screen all people nominated for the Pickleball Hall of Fame and select a maximum of ten finalists for consideration by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will review the ten finalists and select the honorees for induction into the Pickleball Hall of Fame.
If you are interested in serving on the Nominating or Selection Committee, please send an email to Seymour Rifkind at HallofFame@IPTPA.com or David Jordan at Hall_Fame@USAPA.org and answer the following questions: What is your background in pickleball? How are you uniquely qualified to screen nominees for the Pickleball Hall of Fame? Applications are due by August 15, 2017.
Please direct any questions about the Pickleball Hall of Fame to Seymour Rifkind, President of the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (HallofFame@IPTPA.com), or David Jordan, President of the USA Pickleball Association (Hall_Fame@USAPA.org).
David Jordan – USAPA, President, and
Seymour Rifkind – International Pickleball Teaching Professionals Association, President