The History of Pickleball, with Jennifer Lucore

Help us welcome author and pickleball champion Jennifer Lucore when she comes to Bainbridge Island (where it all began) to discuss her book History of Pickleball: More than 50 Years of Fun! She'll be here Sunday, July 15, at 5pm.

Though most Islanders know that pickleball got its start here, there is still a lot to learn! Are you curious about how pickleball came to be or how the sport got such a funny name? Do you know what caused pickleball to become the fastest growing sport in America and what people and events helped spark this growth? Do you wonder how the rules were determined or why the court is the size it is?

History of Pickleball has these answers and many more! Authors Jennifer (daughter/17 time USAPA National Champion) and Beverly (mother/one of the first USAPA Ambassadors) have spent three years researching and gathering stories from pioneers of the sport, as well as pulling from their personal experiences to bring you a fascinating compilation of pickleball history.


Jennifer Lucore from California is a professional pickleball player and a global pickleball ambassador. Her numerous gold medal championships include: 17-time USAPA Nationals, 11-time Canadian Nationals, 4-time International, 4-time Tournament of Champions, and many golds at both the US Open and Professional Pickleball Federation (PPF) tournaments. Jennifer is also a world known pickleball blogger and continues to help pickleball grow by volunteering with:

  • International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) – Founding member
  • Pickleball Magazine – Board Member and “Around The Post” column contributor
  • USAPA Ambassador – San Diego County, CA
  • IPTPA – Co-Director of the Regional Training and Testing Center of Southern California
  • Interviews on The Pickleball Show Podcast
Event date: 
Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
History of Pickleball: More Than 50 Years of Fun! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732070509
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Jennifer Lucore - May 1st, 2018