After 10 years on the mission field in Indonesia as the wife of a Mission Aviation Fellowship pilot and upon returning to the States, I became a United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) certified wheelchair and able-bodied–tennis-teaching professional. I then began creating quality grassroots–family tennis programs in 1996 with quality programing for adults and children. I have 35 years of broad-based–tennis experience, including competitive tournament play.
I have had articles published in five issues of USPTA’s ADDvantage magazine, created Call-T’- Court Tennis in neighborhood cul-de-sacs, and coauthored The Opportunity to Go to the Next Level, a manual for after school tennis programs for the Intermountain Tennis Association. As a United States Tennis Association (USTA) School Tennis Coordinator in Colorado in 1999, I trained and supervised new clinicians preparing to conduct training for physical education teachers involved in instructing tennis and conducted 100 tennis assemblies and 7 in-service workshops.
After moving to Houston in 2000 and teaching tennis in the Texas heat until 2007, I convinced the D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at Cypress Creek to implement a pickleball program in 2008. From my tennis knowledge I adapted tennis lesson plans and drills to pickleball and began to recruit students. My enthusiasm for teaching pickleball at the Cypress Creek YMCA lead me to conducting demonstrations and small clinics at other YMCA’s, churches, and any place someone would let me display my new passion.
Seeing a need to create an event for the new players in our area I began directing a couple of small sanctioned tournaments at the YMCA at Cypress Creek. Next was The Real Dill tournament downtown Houston. That tournament now draws top USAPA players. I have competed in many tournaments over the past 7 years, medaling at the USAPA National Tournament in singles for five years in my age bracket and other tournaments around the US. For two years, I served on the USAPA Board of Directors as the Chairperson for USAPA Ambassadors encouraging and promoting new ideas that would help them be equipped to better shepherd new players to the game. In July of 2013, my husband and I moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. I served as the past president of the HSV Pickleball Club and currently am committee chair of events, training, and rating teams.
After all these years the vision still remains—developing each player’s skills to their highest potential, motivating and challenging players through quality match play and lessons, and initiating and establishing new pickleball facilities from the ground up.
A love for people, pickleball, and personal growth has pushed Christie and Janet to extending their knowledge and love of the game to others! Their desire is to see communities coming together in wholesome fun and competition!
"Pickleball is my ministry! Building relationships is just as important as building your program. The program will not happen without relationship. Love God, Love People, Love the Game!"
Christie Borne - The Borne Winner