Pickleballers play for White Mountains Autism Foundation

Winners of the White Mountains Autism Foundation pickleball tournament held on June 21-22 Dr are, from left: WMAF board president Dr. Tom Barela, Dr. Jonathan Hanridge, Rob Schneider, Mike Wing, Rod Burma and Ezra Borrego, tournament director and WMAF board member.

SHOW LOW — A pickleball tournament was held on Friday, June 21-22 in the new Show Low pickleball courts just north of the Show Low City Campus Gymnasium.

The tournament was hosted by the White Mountains Autism Foundation as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization.

Players include Dr. Jonathan Hanridge, a local dentist and his partner, Rob Schneider, a summer visitor. Their opponents in the finals were Mike Wing and Rod Burba, also summer visitors to the area.

“Jonathon and Rob went undefeated in the two-day tourney consisting of round robin play on the first day that determined seeding for the second day triple elimination championship,” says WMAF board president Dr. Tom Barela. “The morning play is a mixture of member-tiered play and public play.”

Pickleball players support local fundraiser

Dr. Jonathan Hanridge (left) and Rob Schneider poised for action during the pickleball tournament to benefit White Mountains Autism Foundation.

“These courts, competed at the end of last summer are now home to about 50-100 players daily,” adds Barela. “This sport is rapidly growing nationwide and the White Mountains are no exception with additional courts now available in Pinetop and Lakeside.”

The tournament finals were streamed live on the Show Low TV (Channel 56) at http://www.showlowaz.gov/326/Show-Low-TV, the station’s Facebook page and archived on the station’s YouTube files.

Reach the reporter at lsingleton@wmicentral.com

Laura Singleton is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering Show Low city government, business and education.

(2) comments

Jose carlos

Hello my name is Jose we live in Houston tx ,my question is do you have any tournaments for autistic people

Jose carlos

In pickleball?

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