New Faces at the USAPA
In their ever-continuing quest to keep pace with the rapid growth of pickleball, the USAPA recently added three new staff members.
Hope Tolley joined the organization as its new Director of Recreational Programs and began working with the USAPA on February 1. After a successful career in physical education at the elementary through collegiate level, Tolley spent the last seven-and-a-half years working for the United States Tennis Association in marketing and promotions and was heavily involved with initiating tennis programs at the school level. Since joining USAPA, Hope has hit the ground running. “I recently attended the USAPA East Coast Ambassador Retreat and was able hear firsthand from volunteers and board members about their experiences and love of pickleball. USAPA is extremely fortunate to have such a following of passionate individuals that share and help to spread the love of the game. As the new Director of Recreational Programs & Services, I view pickleball as a sport that offers a great experience for players of all skill levels. Beginners are able to quickly find success and enjoy the game, while advanced players can experience a high level of competition. Given this broad appeal, I look forward to identifying how best to continue the strong growth of pickleball,” said Hope.
Additionally, the USAPA named Jason Jamison as the organization’s new Recreational Programs Advisor. Like Hope, Jamison worked with the USTA and from 2004-2015 was the National Schools Manager for the organization, responsible for implementing physical education and after-school tennis programs for a network of more than 20,000 schools and after-school providers nationwide. “As a dynamic and exciting sport, pickleball provides tremendous opportunities to work with schools and recreational facilities and to develop growth initiatives for youth, adults and seniors,” said Jason.
Also joining the USAPA is John Greene who will oversee partnership procurement. Greene worked for nearly ten years as the VP of Global Partnerships for AEG, Anschutz Entertainment Group, one of the largest sports and entertainment companies in the world.
Since 2014, his company, 4Sight Sports Group handled naming rights and partnership strategies for numerous professional sports teams and sporting events. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with many national governing bodies and pro sports leagues, and with the future of pickleball very bright, and I look forward to seeing the sport reach continued success and reach even greater heights,” said John.
Additionally, the USAPA announced four new Board members and their respective area of expertise. They are: Robert Quicksilver — Communications, Stacie Townsend — Business Development, Philip Bullen — Recreational Play and Katie Lawler – member relations and public relations. “USAPA is very fortunate to have these four outstanding individuals as part of our organizational Board. They bring a wealth of work experience and also have a passion for the sport of pickleball. They will help us meet the needs and challenges as we move forward representing this great sport,” said Jack Thomas, President of the USAPA.
For more information, visit www.usapa.org.