Hoffmann Hospice will host its fifth annual Pickleball Palooza Tournament on Sat, May 13.
The competition is a round-robin tournament featuring Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles, with divisions separated by skill level. Awards will be given to the top three teams per division.
This year’s Pickleball Palooza Tournament will be held in honor of Tori Hoffmann, who passed away in June 2020.
The event will take place at the Stockdale Country Club from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tournament is free to watch.
Now, the 35-year-old Jones is a professional pickleball player, and one of the best in America.
“My goal is to be the top player in the world,” said Jones, who is ranked No. 8 in the country. “I thought teaching was my career, then pickleball took off. I never thought I would be back in competition. It’s definitely better competing now than when I was in college. I understand what life is all about and I’m more grateful for every opportunity I get on the court.”
Pro pickleball is much more lucrative, as well. Between her pro contract, playing in the Pickleball Premier League, appearance fees and sponsorship deals, Jones is bringing in a six-figure income.
Jones was an all-state volleyball and tennis player during her high school career at Pleasant Grove, then played college volleyball at Utah Valley University as a tenacious 5-foot-2 libero. She taught and coached volleyball at PG, where she led the Vikings to four state championships. Jones stepped down from high school coaching after winning the 6A state title in 2019. She continued to teach while also running Club 801 Volleyball.
When the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, the Joneses struggled to find ways to stay active and relieve stress. Jones’ mother told her about pickleball and that led to her family heading to the Pleasant Grove gym in the afternoons to play.
“Our family played, then some teachers started to come and play,” Jones said. “I really started to grow to love the sport.”
Eventually, Jones started playing pickleball every morning at the PG Rec Center and began playing outdoors as well. In January of 2021, Club Pickleball USA opened in Orem, giving her another venue to hone her craft. Jones won her first club tournament and eventually reached the highest level for an amateur.
The tipping point for Jones realizing her potential came when her husband, Ryan, surprised her with the gift of a lesson with one of Utah’s top pros, Callie Jo Smith.
“During the lesson I realized I was playing well against her,” Allyce Jones said. “I came home from the lesson and told my husband, ‘Honey, I can hang with a pro.’ He said, ‘I know, I believed that. I wanted you to see it and believe it.’”
Jones signed with the pro tour in April of 2021 and began playing in tournaments while training, teaching full time and juggling her family life.
She was offered a pro contract in January of 2022 with the Carvana Profession Pickleball League and stopped teaching full-time to devote more of her attention to her pro career during the 2022-23 season. Jones has medaled in seven of the nine tournaments she’s played this year. Among her sponsors are Pickleroll, which produces court surfaces, and Joola Pickleball, which supplies pickleball gear and clothing.
Jones’ day begins at 4 a.m., when she rises to do morning reading for her spiritual and mental health. She alternates pickleball training with physical training, then comes home to get her two boys, ages six and eight, off to school. Jones also has a 10-year-old daughter that she home schools. There are usually more training sessions in the afternoon along with recovery and physical therapy work. Then her boys come home from school and she spends time with her family. She is usually leaving on Wednesdays for weekend tournaments.
None of this pro dream would be possible without the support of Ryan, who owns his own business as an insurance agent.
“He’s my biggest fan and it’s the coolest part of my career,” Allyce Jones said. “He loves what I’m doing. He helps me out when I’m gone taking care of the kids. Most of the other pros are not married, and the ones that are don’t see their spouse that much. Ryan comes to my matches and sometimes my children come, too.”
The whole story has been a crazy ride for Allyce Jones, and she’s still amazed when a fan approaches her to sign a pickleball paddle.
SRS NNLG’s managing principals Matthew Mousavi and Patrick Luther represented the seller, a Southern California-based private developer. The buyer, a Southern California-based private investor, was represented by Kurt Yacko of DAUM Commercial. The closing cap rate was 4.4%, representing the lowest cap rate in the nation for a car wash-occupied property sold so far this year, according to SRS.
The property has a new 20-year corporate-guaranteed triple net lease in place, providing zero building maintenance responsibilities for the new ownership.
Kraken Kourts & Skates offers a different way to spend time with friends and family. With lounge seating in the courtside cabanas, guests can take in the atmosphere and enjoy the food and drink menu (which features local favorites) while they watch the games.
Kraken Kourts & Skates will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 6 am to 10 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 am to midnight. They will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Get ready to experience a new type of family outing or hang out with friends. Try something new at Kraken Kourts & Skates this summer.
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The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is hosting the Celebration of Construction on the National Mall from May 14 to May 16, 9:00am – 5:00pm. Visitors can experience the latest construction equipment and technology on display for free.
You can explore the National Mall from 9th to 14th Streets NW and take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn and have fun.
This is an event for people of all ages, especially those with young children. From excavators to bulldozers to paving equipment, you will witness the machines that build the world’s infrastructure.
If you want to attend this absolutely one-of-a-kind experience, visit the link here to learn more details about the event and take the first step towards something amazing.
The ninth edition of the beloved food festival, New Kitchens On The Block, is back on Saturday, June 10 at Mess Hall! Nine of the most hyped new restaurants in DC, run by the city’s buzziest, award-winning chefs, will offer a one-time-only opportunity to savor signature dishes and drinks before they officially open.
The event features delicious food made by famous DC chefs. You will not be disappointed as you explore each restaurant’s signature dish.
This food festival is an excellent way to socialize and meet new people. It’s also an excellent opportunity to try a variety of foods and drinks.
Be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time; link here, and be part of a fantastic food event in Washington, DC.
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