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Seymour “Rif” Rifkind is well known in the Pickleball world for doing so much to help the game grow the right way.  He started the IPTPA to develop standards for teaching in Pickleball and spear headed the effort to create the World Pickleball Federation to promote the sport across the globe.  In this interview we also talk about Rif’s ride across the country to raise funds for the Pickleball Hall of Fame.

Show Notes

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why being a Chicago Bears fan got Rif started in the game of Pickleball
  • Why it was so difficult to get Pickleball into tennis clubs five years ago and why it makes so much business sense to add the game to a club’s offerings
  • How Rif started the Pickleball Hall of Fame (PHOF) and who helped him along the way
  • The PHOF’s first physical location and where it is heading in the future
  • Where and when the first PHOF championship tournament will be
  • Why Rif decided to ride across the country on his bicycle to raise funds to design and furnish the PHOF
  • The biggest challenges Rif had in preparing for his cross country journey
  • Why he wasn’t able to train in San Diego just before leaving on his bicycle trek
  • How much Rif has raised so far and how you can donate to the non-profit PHOF

Mentioned in the Show


Pickleball Hall of Fame

Pickleball Central

Pickleball Ranch

Dreamland Dripping Springs

World Pickleball Federation

World Pickleball Games

Pickleball Hall of Fame Tournament

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