Hi! I’m Betsy!
I am a proud Bowling Green State University Falcon (’79)! I majored in physical education, but I took a temporary summer job with The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) newspaper and before I knew it, I was retiring after a very satisfying 32 year career with the paper!
I have no problem filling my days, playing pickleball, golfing, and traveling……mostly to play pickleball. In the winter, I also go to ski in Summit County, Colorado for a month (but admittedly, I play more pickleball than ski!)
I live in Sylvania, Ohio which is a suburb of Toledo in Northwest Ohio. I belong to three pickleball clubs in the Toledo area – Toledo Pickleball Club, Sylvania Pickleball Club and Holland Pickleball Club. I also belong to the Summit County Pickleball Club in Colorado, and the Bonita Bay Pickleball Club in Florida. Besides pickleball, I play in three 18-hole ladies golf leagues in the summer.
I like playing in tournaments, and am a 4.0 player, but I haven’t had much success at that level….YET! I’m still working on it, but in the meantime I enjoy the people I meet and the places the game takes me!
I have played in tournaments in various US locations as well as in Madrid, Spain and Amsterdam, Netherlands. I’ve played at clubs in the UK, and am looking forward to returning there in May 2017 for the UK Open Pickleball Championship, followed by a tournament in Finland the beginning of June.
In 2016, I became a United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA) Ambassador, a position I enjoy very much. Having been an education major in college, but never teaching, I am now using my education skills to help others learn to play pickleball as well as to help clubs to grow and prosper.
In short, pickleball has defined my retirement!
I hope you enjoy my blog!