Pickleball arrived at Los Angeles Unified School District on June 11. Ambassadors from Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties provided an afternoon of learning and fun when over 100 Adaptive Physical Education teachers took to the courts as part of their professional development day.
Adaptive PE teacher & Pickleball player, Beverley Vigil invited the Pickleball experts to “Teach the Teachers”.
Following in the success of the Education Initiative that began in Arizona last year, Long Beach ambassador Mary Barsaleau organized and rallied the troops for the 3-hour session.
Beginning with an introduction and demonstration by the ambassadors, the teachers spilt up into 5 stations to learn about serving, scoring, rules, dinking and general play.
The stations rotated every 5 to 10 minutes using the indoor gym and the outdoor play area, utilizing 12 courts, which were set up by the ambassadors.
Many of the P.E. teachers are athletes, and immediately, they were into the competitive spirit! They caught on quickly, and soon it was “Game On”. We saw some excellent talent in the teacher pool!
The teachers practiced drills and played games in the final segment of the day, and are very excited to bring Pickleball to the LAUSD, and to share the game with their special education students this fall semester. The teachers were given the USAPA website and information on how to apply for a grant to receive funds to purchase equipment for their schools.
Our great support team of included: Ambassador Mary Barsaleau-Long Beach; District Ambassador Doug Nichols-Los Angeles; District Ambassador Rose Roper-Inland Empire; Ambassador Gary Rogers-Cypress; Jeannie Garcia-Inglewood.