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Welcome to the GVR Pickleball Club website. Green Valley is located 20 miles south of Tucson, AZ. The GVR Pickleball Club is part of Green Valley Recreation, Inc. GVR has eleven pickleball courts available for members and their guests. Seven courts are located one block east of I-19 (exit 63) at Esperanza and Abrego at the East Social Center. Four courts are located two blocks west of I-19 (Canoa Ranch Road, Exit 56) at the Canoa Ranch Social Center. This website is designed to keep our members updated on activities of the Club and to inform them of the rapid progress of our sport locally and nationally.

Friday, May 13, 2016

GVR Pickleball Club Named ‘Best of the Best’

GVR Pickleball Club Named ‘Best of the Best’
by ideal-LIVING Magazine

The national active adult retirement magazine, ideal-LIVING,  has named Green Valley Recreation, Inc.'s (GVR)  Pickleball Club as the "The Best of the Best" in its Summer 2016 edition to be published in June. The honorees also will be revealed on the magazine's website at
"We are excited about receiving this designation," said GVR CEO Kent J. Blumenthal, Ph.D., CAE, "because it validates Green Valley Recreation's vision of becoming the destination of choice for active adults and retirees.  GVR offers recreational amenities that are sought after by the next generation of retirees, and we have one of the finest Pickleball Clubs and facilities in the country."
GVR's Pickleball Club was one of 10 designees in this category to earn the honors. Hundreds of nominations were submitted to ideal-LIVING earlier this year for 40 categories of recognition. A special editorial committee assembled by the publication reviewed the qualifications of each nominee and selected the winners.  GVR's Pickleball Club was selected as "Best of the Best" in its category.
Coincidentally, the GVR Pickleball Club also celebrates its 10-year anniversary as a GVR club in June.  Chartered in 2006 with just 38 members, the club's membership has swelled to 696 members due to the exploding popularity of the sport among active adults. The club also manages the Pickleball Tournament held in conjunction with the annual GVR Foundation's Southern Arizona Senior Games that take place during the entire month of March in Green Valley.  The games feature more than 30 competitions for active adults 50+ and draw more than 1,200 participants and volunteers.
GVR Pickleball Club President Jeff Harrell said he's surprised and elated at the honor. "We have such a welcoming, social and friendly club with nearly 700 members here in Green Valley. Our club members range from beginner novice to highly skilled instructors, but there is such great camaraderie, love of the sport, and willingness to teach and help others improve their game. New members often comment on how quickly they are accepted and welcomed, whether they are experienced players or new to the game."
For more than 25 years, ideal-LIVING magazine has been a leading national publication for readers who are nearing retirement age or who are interested in the benefits of relocating their families or businesses. The quarterly magazine has over 100,000 subscribers. 

Congratulations, GVR Pickleball Club! 

Monday, May 2, 2016

A Quick Look at the Pickleball Serve

Watch the basics of the serve courtesy of the Pickleball Channel: Click Here

Friday, April 15, 2016

Jeff Harrell our new President

We elected officer replacements during our Annual Meeting in March, and thanks to all who were able to attend. I was elected as the new club president and am looking forward to the next two years as we address the fantastic growth of our sport and our club. My wife and I relocated to Green Valley from Colorado three years ago and found Paul May and Donna Coon and their Assisted Play class that summer. We have been playing and making friends on the court ever since and plan to keep doing so for the next several years. Looking forward to seeing you on the sidelines or on the court in the days to come. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Southern Arizona Senior Games Photos

Click here then on 2016 Southern Arizona Senior Games

Southern Arizona Senior Games Medalists

Our Senior Games Pickleball Tournament is now finished and we had a beautiful 3 days of sunshine and pickleball action. All of our volunteers (over 100!) did an awesome job and thanks to the expertise of our Tournament Directors, Jan Johnson and Ellen Brancazio, everything ran smoothly.
Congratulations to our medalists:

2.5, 50+ - Bronze - Dave Chadsey & Roy Dashen
2.5, 70+ - Silver - Oz Snavely & Jeyy Jurries
3.5, 50+ - Bronze – Rick Hamilton & Pat McConnell
3.5, 70+ - Silver - Dean Olson & Tim Hickman
                  Bronze – Jim Zillmer & Tim Johnson
4.0, 50+ - Silver - Bill McCartney & Jerry Lorentz
4.0, 70+ - Gold – Tom Oliver & Gary Stagner

3.0, 70+ - Gold – Donna Talarski & Jim Blain
                  Silver – Joanie Davis & Tim Stewart
                  Bronze – Mary Lou Feldt & Ralph Perillo
3.5, 50+ - Bronze – Gary and Sandy Heintz
3.5, 70+ - Gold - Joy Riley & Mike Cote
                  Silver – Jane Rieger & Jim Simmons
                  Bronze – Mary Ann & Ron Woodrow
4.0, 50+   Gold – Nancy Steffy & Bill McCartney
                  Bronze – Bev Cote & Mark Robertson
4.5, 50+   Bronze – Lee & Suzanne Nordhagen

2.5, 70+  Bronze – Beth Thomas & Pat Nau
3.0, 50+  Gold – Bonnie Beilke & Karen Crawford
3.0. 70+  Gold – Mary Lee Hickman & Joanie Davis
                 Bronze – Donna Talarski & Mary Lou Feldt
3.5, 50+  Gold – Sharon Falor & Kathy Davis
                  Bronze – Sandy Heintz & Teresa Melius
3.5, 70+ - Jane Rieger & Joy Riley
4.5, 50+ - Gold – Suzanne Nordhagen & Nancy Steffy
                  Silver – Donna Davis & Paige Carney

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Candidates for GVR Pickleball Club Board of Directors

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the candidates for the open Board positions.

Nominees for President:
- Mike Clemens
- Jeff Harrell
- Ron Woodrow

Nominees for Secretary
- Joanie Davis
- Virginia Smith

Nominees for Member at Large (Position 2)
- Jim Blain
- Carol Hammerle
- Lee Nordhagen

For bios of the candidates - Click Here

Voting for new officers will take place at the Annual Meeting, March 23, 3:00 pm, in the East Center Auditorium. You must be present to vote.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Signup to Volunteer for the Senior Games

We need you!! Have fun and help out the Club by vounteering to help at the Senior Games on Mar 9-11. 

Click here -> to Referee

Click here -> for other Volunteer jobs

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Congratulations to our latest medalists

Shirley Schaller and Sandy Heintz were Silver medalsit in Womens Doubles, 3.5, 60+ competition at the 1st Annual Pebble Creek Tournament in Buckeye, AZ.