The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Open Pickleball Tournament was organized by Breakthrough Community Sports, Inc. (BCS) a nonprofit organization. BCS partnered with local and national sponsors, in-kind contributors, and volunteers to host 280+ players from 19 states. The 2016 MAOPT allowed us to support our charity partners:
- Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) received 250 lbs. of canned goods, - The MORE Foundation received approximately 75 pairs of gently-used athletic shoes, and - Educate the Girls sold a number of their beautiful hand-woven baskets and received donations that will cover the cost to educate two elementary girls for the upcoming year
BCS thanks everyone for their participation and support.
BCS is preparing to host the 2017 MAOPT to continue to share our love for the sport, to increase the profile of pickleball in the DC Metropolitan area, and align the tournament with several of our favorite nonprofit organizations as a way to increase community awareness and support.
Tournament Co-Directors: Helen White (left) Tania Yates (right)
Helen White (left) is the USAPA Mid-Atlantic District Ambassador and the founder of Breakthrough Community Sports, Inc. Tania Yates (right) is a certified professional fitness trainer in Arlington, VA, and loves to play pickleball and volleyball. Both are passionate about encouraging people to participate in activities and sports that promote an active, healthy lifestyle.
BREAKTHROUGH COMMUNITY SPORTS
Breakthrough Community Sports (BCS) creates, promotes, and executes community-based programs that focus on promoting active living through playing sports and provides information on sports programs that are age-friendly. These purposes are achieved through community events and initiatives, education, research, and information dissemination directed towards the general public, especially older adults and is facilitated through partnerships, projects, and programs. Board Members Helen White, President and Founder Ron Allen, Vice President and Secretary Andy Leighton, Treasurer
Helen began her career in sport management as the first female Director of Intramural Sports at Catholic University. She is a lifelong advocate for encouraging people of all ages and abilities to play sports and is a leading expert in this area. She has competed in National tournaments in pickleball, tennis and basketball and also teaches and/or coaches in all three sports. She has organized and directed numerous sports events including pickleball tournaments. She currently serves as the USA Pickleball Association’s Mid-Atlantic District Ambassador where she encourages the growth of pickleball by supporting over fifty local Ambassadors in four states and the District of Columbia. She is passionate about using the power of sports to promote health and wellness and continues to be inspired by older adults who play sports. In 2013, Helen received a Master’s degree in Sport Management from The George Washington University.
Ron has over 35 years of professional work experience in the public and private sectors, and national membership organizations in the areas of public policy, research, national program development and implementation, writing and editorial services. He retired from AARP where one of his projects was serving as the Race Organizer for the National Triathlon Race Series, the nation’s first and largest sprint triathlon and training program series for persons age 50+. Ron has over 35 years of experience playing and competing in a variety of sports including swimming, water polo, long distance open water ocean swimming and triathlons. He has extensive experience in organizing race events including national championships, regional and local competitions, and non-competitive community fitness events intended to increase physical activity among persons 50+ and encourage them to adapt healthy behaviors to ensure their ability to live life to the fullest. Ron received a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Buffalo.
Andy is a recently retired human resources executive with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA). He is a mediator and mediator mentor in Arlington, Virginia General District Court. He is an amateur horn player and has greeted almost 20,000 veterans with patriotic music through the Honor Flights program. Andy has played competitive tennis since college and is the Past President of the Federal Departmental Tennis League. He has served as captain of the MWAA tennis team for more than ten years. He also competes in pickleball and has qualified for the 2017 National Senior Games Pickleball Tournament in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles. He enjoys teaching pickleball to adults of all ages. Andy received a Masters Degree in Adult Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.