How It Began

Pickleball took over with a wave in Collier County. It started in small groups and grew rapidly with enthusiasm from area participants and officials.

Soon new pickleball courts were built and the attraction grew even more. Collier County now hosts the Minto US Open Pickleball Championships.

There wasn’t a conveniently located store to supply the local pickleball community so the Pickleball Pro Shop was created to serve the ever growing needs of the pickleball community.

The founding pickleball fans are Jim Ludwig and Chadwick Edwards.

Founder

Jim Ludwig – Founder
Pickleball Pro Shop

Jim Ludwig is engaged in Pickleball locally and nationally and has been playing Pickleball for about five years. When I retired I played a lot of Pickleball and I still enjoy it, but I soon realized that the community needed a local resource to supply the growth of Pickleball in the community.

Jim, and his wife Carol, are the co-founders of Pickleball for All, a charity dedicated to growing the sport in schools around Florida.
To further his mission to grow the sport he became a USAPA District Ambassador.  Jim is IPTPA certified instructor.