Stories in the Southwest Region

Introducing our new Southwest Regional Director: Larry Lite

I am currently a member of the 100 Club which is an organization who help and support families of first responders (Police and Firefighters) killed in the line of duty throughout New Mexico.

I have been playing Pickleball since 2009 and have enjoyed the challenge of learning a new sport, competing in tournaments locally and out-of-state, and building friendships here and around the country. 

Over the past several years Judy and I have gone on Pickleball trips to Mexico, Dominican Republic,  and Jamaica.  In 2016, I was fortunate to be on a trip with Scott Moore,  his wife Susan, and son Daniel along with 12 other Pickleball enthusiasts to promote, demonstrate and play Pickleball throughout a number of Japanese cities and communities.

I have worked closely with City Councilor Don Harris and the Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Administration to build 18 permanent outdoor PB courts at Manzano Mesa and 6 at Villela Park.

In 2016 I received a grant from the USAPA to promote Pickleball at the Boys and Girls Club.

In 2017, I became a USAPA Certified Referee and refereed at the 2017 USAPA Nationals.

I have been the USAPA District Ambassador for the State of New Mexico since 2015, and as of May 1, 2018, was asked by the USAPA President and Vice President to take on the role of Southwest Regional Director, which includes; Arizona, New Mexico, Mexico and Costa Rica.

I am very excited to take on this new role and the challenges I will be facing to help the USAPA achieve their goals and objectives.

Larry "Bud" Lite
Director of Southwest Region Ambassadors

St Judes Fund Raiser Goal

The Southwest Region has set a 3-year goal to raise $50,000.  We started this goal in the beginning of 2017 and hope to reach it by the end of the 2019 season.  If you are planning a tournament please consider any ideas such as 50/50 drawings, raffles or a simple donation box to the St. Judes cause.  We will track our progress towards the goal.  Currently we are at $20,000 as of May 30, 2018.