Florida is the vanguard of a movement that is sweeping the nation: the sport of Pickleball. It has taken speed beyond all bounds and few have known how to harness its force like Jim Ludwig. There are pickleball players. There are pickleball pros….and then there are individuals whom have become ambassadors of the sport, free of charge, donating their time and admiration for pickleball’s growth and prosperity. Jim has been a major proponent in bringing to Naples hundreds of designated courts, multiple USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association) tournaments, as well as creating a nonprofit organization known as Pickleball For All.
This organization’s mission statement is to instill encouragement, integrity, strength of character and strong sense of self in mind, body and spirit. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation we have supported and will continue to support one of the many means with which Pickleball For All has worked towards accomplishing their mission statement: focusing on our youth.
An Educational Outreach Program was formed, and along with security cleared volunteers, I have gone into Collier County Schools to work with students, as well as the physical education department. Our goal has been to supply each and every school with a complete package that no longer requires them to share with other schools, or request weeks in advance. They will, instead, own their very own! Jim Ludwig spent tireless hours constructing and creating an easy to tote, rolling box of equipment that includes:
- 2 Wilson portable nets
- 40 Paddletek Paddles
- 12 Dozen Balls
- 2 sets of Magnetic Lines
This past week, to mark the start of the 2016/2017 school year, we were financially able to fund our very first pickleball package!
Many thanks go out to the supportive individuals and organizations that share our passion and believe in our mission by providing training, equipment and facilities throughout Collier County and beyond. For further information regarding this venture, as well as the work we are doing in other areas, visit our website at www.pickleballforall.org.