Six inducted into Gulf Coast Pickleball Club Hall of Fame
Beaver, Webb, Shirley & Billy Reaves, Virginia & Jerry Corker selected
Six members of the Coastal Alabama Pickleball Club were elected to the 1st CAPC Hall of Fame of Fame Class on February 19. The inductees included:
– Gene Beaver of Marlow: Responsible for bringing the Sport of Pickleball to Lower Alabama in the late 1990s. Gene was an avid player who enjoyed playing Pickleball at Gulfway Church, while his wife Dottie watched him from her center court seat. Gene passed away on July 18, 2015 while getting dressed to come to Pickleball. Go to www.coastalalabamapickleballclub.com and click on History, to learn about how Pickleball was started in Baldwin County.
– Shirley and Billy Reeves of Gulf Shores: Husband-Wife team is responsible for teaching over 500 people the game of pickleball. Well before the CAPC was founded Billy and Shirley were taping tennis and basketball courts in Gulf Shores and providing free lesson on Sundays. Their great continues this day as they provide beginner lessons at the Gulf Shores Cultural Center and at the Lake Osprey RV Resort near Elberta. Both Billy and Shirley are excellent players, but have always put teaching others above their personal enjoyment of game.
– Virginia and Jerry Corker of Mobile: Responsible for bringing the Sport of Pickleball to Fairhope and Daphne. Both have been disciples of the sport and have introduced the sport in many places in the U.S. Both are avid players who have enjoyed traveling and playing in tournaments throughout the country. They recently participated in the National Senior Games in Minnesota. Virginia is a National Pickleball Association (USAPA) Ambassador for Mobile and a CAPC Steering Committee Member.
– Bob Webb of Foley: Founded the Coastal Alabama Pickleball Club on February 1, 2015 to track the number of pickleball players, both Locals and Snowbirds, and provide court space and a social component to the sport. Two years later the Club has 627 members and is the 7th largest Pickleball Club in the nation. Bob is the USAPA Ambassador for Baldwin County and serves as the Administrative Coordinator of the CAPC.
The club held its 3rd Annual CAPC Tournament Series on Feb. 20-22 at the Cultural Center in Gulf Shores, with 128 CAPC Members participating in seven tournaments. For tourney results, visit coastalalabamapickleballclub.com