USAPA welcomes new Ambassadors in September

As pickleball continues to grow, so does the corps of USAPA Ambassadors. If you’re not familiar with USAPA Ambassadors, they are a group of volunteers who have pledged to promote the sport of pickleball and the USAPA in the local area they have applied to represent. They may be individuals or couples, or a group of ambassadors working together as a team. The main prerequisite is a love of the sport and the desire to share the game with others of all ages. Some full-time RV’ers are Ambassadors ‘at large’ who promote our sport during their travels.

Recently, the following people were appointed USAPA Ambassadors. If you are interested in becoming a USAPA Ambassador, read the information we have listed on

David Stefan – Bryant, Arkansas
Patrick Kelley – Encinitas, California
Marine Fitzpatrick – Carbondale, Colorado
Mark Stenbeck – Avondale Estates, Georgia
Scott Stocker – Clinton County, Iowa
Billy Hopkins – Louisville, Kentucky
Neil Gottesman – Ocean Pines, Maryland
Jeff Lawrence – Ashburnham-Westminster, Massachusetts
Earl Schuster – Marquette, Michigan
Andy & Beth LaPorte – Oscoda, Michigan
Brandon Schmeling – Southwest Michigan
Steve Lavorgna – Wayne, New Jersey
Carol Andrews – Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico
John Brown – Buffalo North, New York
J B Marr – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mel & Diane Hatton – Bend-Redmond, Oregon
Lou Sherfinski – Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Barb Adams & Diane Easley – Carlisle, Pennsylvania
John Martin – Columbia, South Carolina
Larry Rubenstein – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Kevin & LaRee Olson – Davis County, Utah

In addition, new Ambassador leaders were appointed:

Steve Sutton: Director, West Region
Larry Lite: District Ambassador, New Mexico
Denny Finke: District Ambassador, North Dakota
Bernard Hoggarth: District Ambassador, South Dakota
Ramona Pound: Area Team Liaison – Hillsborough County, Florida

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