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Pickleball Kickoff Party at Crestview

Posted on June 6, 2022 by under Community, Events, Pickleball.    

Crestview Country Club is going all-in with pickleball. Last month they hosted a super fun kickoff party to (re)introduce pickleball to members and unveil their newly painted courts.

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They did such a great job of decorating for the party.

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Here are a few pictures from the event…

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Shout out to Jeff Kenworthy (DJ/KJ Entertainment) for providing awesome tunes at the party. If you have an event, be sure to hire him!

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Jay’s Birthday Dinner at River City Brewery

Posted on May 17, 2022 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

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We were the first ones to arrive at the restaurant for Jay’s birthday dinner at River City Brewery. We decided to give the other’s a hard time for being late.

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It was all in good fun, though.

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Everyone eventually made it.

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Some pictures of food…

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Alicia is always ready with her own salad dressing.

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It was a hectic date with Tulip Time in the morning, the ladies’ round robin in the afternoon, and the birthday dinner in the evening but it was totally worth it. After all, it’s not everyday that a dear friend celebrates a birthday.

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I’m so glad we could be there to celebrate Jay. Until next year!

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It’s a Big Dill

Posted on May 2, 2022 by under Events, Pickleball.    

Here are some video highlights from the It’s a Big Dill pickleball tournament at the Wichita Country Club benefitting the Wichita Children’s Home (WCH) last month.

It is my second time helping with this tournament and my first year of being fully immersed in it, from start to finish. I even volunteered for the kick off party on Friday. It was great because I got to see my friend Misty Miller who I have not seen in a long time. She is an avid volunteer for WCH events.

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I teamed up with my friend Jody Vinson to run the tournament along with Wichita Country Club staff members Michael and Bryce. Unlike last year, we ran right on schedule. We had four divisions start at 9 AM and we ended shortly before 2 PM. In fact, Brian and I left after helping with tear down and, when I looked at the clock on his dashboard as we were pulling out of the parking lot, the clock read 2:01 PM. We could not have planned it better!

It feels so rewarding to be part of a successful event that makes a difference for the community. I still hope someday I will actually be able to play but, for the time being, I’m happy with helping put the tournament together.

Until next time, GNG.

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Brew Bash at Chicken N Pickle

Posted on April 21, 2022 by under Events.    

Brian and I attended a beer tasting event at Chicken N Pickle benefiting League 42 a couple of weeks ago. Here are some pictures from that event.

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While at the event, I picked up the Boulevard Brewing paddle that I won from the Chicken N Pickle March Madness bracket challenge.

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Chicken N Pickle is not just a fun place to celebrate but they also do so much for our community. Check out their calendar for upcoming benefit pickleball tournaments and other charity events. Until next time, GNG.

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Raising Money for LLS

Posted on March 21, 2022 by under Community, Events, Pickleball.    

The pickleball community came together for a great cause earlier this month. On March 6, LLS Students of the Year candidate Josie Morris hosted a pickleball tournament at Chicken N Pickle to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As you can tell from this short video, everyone had a great time and the tournament was a huge success!

I am pretty sure Chris Heck had the most fun out of everyone. He was drinking the entire time! I don’t think there was ever a moment that he didn’t have a beer in his hand. Actually, he wasn’t playing with beer in hand (that’s a totally different pickleball tournament) but his drink was always close by so he could take a drink every couple of points.

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The funny thing is, he wasn’t even supposed to play with me. I had signed up for Noi Sourinthone, my friend from Tennessee who recently moved to Wichita run pickleball programs for the city, and I to play together. However, he ended up having to fly back to Tennessee for a funeral the weekend of the tournament so he had Chris take his spot.

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It worked out great that we already had matching shirts. Karen thought I had them made special but they are actually shirts we had from 2020. In fact, they are so old that rule #2 on the back is now wrong and needs to be revised.

Chris and I ended up winning the tournament. Chris is one of the best players in Wichita so the outcome wasn’t a surprise. I think it would have been more of a shock if we didn’t win. Although, I think the result would have been the same had Noi been able to play. Being new in town, he hasn’t met everyone and they have no idea what an amazing pickleball player he is.

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Besides raising money for LLS, my main goal that day was not to let Noi down. I was goofing around mostly and almost messed it up. Thankfully, I had a great partner and we ended up taking first place and earning a couple of gift cards to 6S Steakhouse donated by our friend Jen Reifschneider, who is the executive chef at the restaurant. You’ll probably remember her as the old executive chef at Woodfire Grille at the Kansas Star Casino.

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Last night, a bunch of us got together for dinner at 6S to support Jen’s restaurant and also so Chris and I could use our gift cards. However, Chris forgot to bring his gift card so I guess we’ll just have to go back. LOL.

6S is a special occasion sort of place but, if you go during “first call” from 4:30 to 6:00 pm when they have $5 drinks and $8 appetizers, you can actually get out of there without spending too much. I might have to take Brian there on a date another night soon. Until then, GNG.

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