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Welcome to Play for SMILES!

Play for SMILES started as a concept to encourage parents and kids to work together to ensure sports are FUN for the kids! After many, many, many years of playing sports, thanks to a wonderful (and patient) role model, I recently had that “ah-ha” moment when I processed that SMILES are significantly more impactful than lectures!

What started as a mission to pay this “Play for SMILES” lesson forward to my kids through community support has evolved into our newest passion project. Smiling and being supportive are still fundamental, but the time has arrived for me to model what it truly means to Play for Smiles through competing and business development in my new favorite sport - PICKLEBALL! 

We’re just getting started; however, we’re looking forward to building out our pickleball offerings to keep people active and smiling.

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Today kids are stuck at home which is causing some to quit. In my own experience I have realized that it is not a steady even path, and some times life tries to bring you down to put resistance to come back up but most don't realize that when they get brung down...

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Sophia Smith ... 19-year-old Stanford Phenom

Source:  SB Nation article "Meet Sophia Smith, the 19-year-old phenom who’s the future of NWSL and the USWNT" Initial Reaction:  I think it is cool how Sophia Smith's combination of talents is so rare that the Portland Thorns were willing to give up a US national team player for her.  The...

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"You don't have to be a Bully to Win"

SOURCE:  CBS interview of "Coach Val" ... UCLA's legendary gymnastics coach (22 regional championships, 7 NCAA championships, 4 coach of the year awards) INITIAL REACTION:  I had no idea that she was initially so mean!  LESSON:  She demonstrated how important it is to listen, learn and adapt.  I don't think she...

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