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Dick Johnson — SSIPA Member

From Lawana Johnson:

As many of you know, Dick is a long time tennis champion and now, after playing only 4 years, is a National and World Champion in pickleball, the fastest growing sport in North America.

He has won 21 medals in the six pickleball majors (The US Open, National Sr. Olympic Games, State Games of America, Huntsman World Games, International Indoors, and USAPA Nationals.

He is also one of the few players in the world who have played in the US Opens for both tennis and pickleball (Gold & two Bronze medals).

Below is a nice article about Dick on the website of the Super Senior International Pickleball Association. If you look closely, you will also learn a bit more about our wonderful 53 years together!

Just click below and then click on the PDF link about Dick.


A new Association has been formed for Senior Pickleball players age 65+.

Webpage:  For more information, membership application,and tournament calendar is available on the webpage.  More Tournaments will be added in 2017

SSIPA email address is SSIPA.PB     Membership questions contact:

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the SUPER SENIOR INTERNATIONAL PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION (SSIPA) is to support the growth of Pickleball around the world, through a social, competitive environment for players of all skill levels ages 65 plus.

Club Ratings

Club members who do not have a club rating and would like to be rated, this is your chance.

For you who have SELF RATED 1.0–2.5 skill level, the Rating Committee will be rating this
Wednesday 14th September at Ann Morrison Park. Start time will be 9AM.

For you who have SELF RATED 3.0–3.5 skill level, the Rating Committee will be rating this
Friday 16th September at Ann Morrison Park. Start time will be 9AM.

If you would like to play in our club round robins, club tournaments and ladder leagues you
will need a club rating. Your club rating will be a good guideline for future play inside and
outside our club activities.

On rating days we will be using a round robin format for the rating process.

Thanks: Your club Rating Committee.

State Championship

Winning State Championships with A Smaller Paddle!

Four of our Treasure Valley pickleball players recently traded their pickleball paddles for slightly smaller versions to compete in Table Tennis, which was one of the Idaho Senior Games opening events during the month of August.


Players came from across the state, and as far away as California for the competition, which was held at the Idaho Athletic Club in Eagle, Idaho. They traveled those long distances, because, similar to pickleball and other events, medalists in this year’s Idaho Senior Games qualify for the 2017 National Senior Olympic Games to be held next year in Birmingham, Alabama. Our “Picklers” report they had a great time, met some very nice people, and again really appreciated the outstanding organization and wonderful purpose and philosophy of the Senior Games.  They also took the opportunity to tell other Table Tennis competitors there about the great enjoyment and benefits of playing pickleball, and invited them to come try it out.

Our four State Table Tennis Champs & Nationals Qualifiers are

Diana Bunger:

Gold:  70 Womens Sigles

Gold:  70 Women’s Doubles

Gold:  70 Mixed Doubles

Dick Johnson:

Gold:  75 Mens Singles

Gold:  75 Mens Doubles

Silver: 70 Mixed Doubles

Bill Light:

Gold: 70 Mens Singles

Gold  70 Mixed Doubles

Lawana Johnson:

Gold:  70 Women’s Doubles

Silver: 70 Women’s Singles

Silver: 70 Mixed Doubles

Note:  This is Bill and Diana’s second year winning Gold in Table Tennis and Dick & Lawana’s third year.  Dick has also won Gold in Tennis and Pickleball the past three years.

Annual Meeting + Picnic Reminder

Don’t forget the upcoming …

Annual Membership (Picnic +) Meeting for the Boise Pickleball Club!

Date: Sunday, August 7, 2016

Where: Manitou Park – 2029 S. Manitou Avenue

Time: 4:00 p.m.


  • Picnic Dinner
  • Summary of BPC activities
  • Financial Report
  • Election of Officers

Provided: BPC will provide chicken, drinks and utensils

Bring: Side dish or dessert and a chair

Officer Nominations:

If you are interested in serving as an officer of the Boise Pickleball Club for the next year, please submit your name and the office you are interested in to Tom Valasek at by Friday, August 5.

Following the Meeting:

Open Play!

We have reserved two courts for play after the dinner and meeting.

Hope to see you there!

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