Pickleball and Service: A Perfect Match


Have you ever come across a sport that seems silly yet brings immense joy? Well, that’s exactly what Pickleball is all about. It’s a sport that combines fun and service, and one man who embodies this unique combination is Dan Beeman. From his days as an Army Airborne Paratrooper to becoming a Pickleball Ambassador, Beeman has never stopped serving. Let’s dive into his inspiring journey and how Pickleball has become a catalyst for his passion for service.

A Life-Changing Accident

At the age of 50, Beeman experienced a life-altering car accident that resulted in a double fusion of his vertebrae. This traumatic event not only affected his mobility but also opened the door to a new passion in his life. One day, while walking past a gym after his gentle yoga session at the rec center, he heard the laughter and the distinct sound of pickleball being played. Intrigued, he entered the gym and was warmly welcomed by the players. Despite his physical limitations and skin disease called vitiligo, Beeman was encouraged to join in the fun. Like many others who try pickleball for the first time, he quickly became addicted.

From Player to Ambassador

Within a few months of discovering pickleball, Beeman’s dedication and enthusiasm caught the attention of the pickleball community. He was selected as a USA Pickleball ambassador and hosted a successful introductory clinic during National Pickleball Month. Over 60 people attended the clinic, and one participant’s journey with pickleball stands out. This individual not only fell in love with the sport but also used it as a fitness regimen, leading to a remarkable weight loss of over 100 pounds. Inspired by this transformation, Beeman realized the power of pickleball to bring joy and positive change to people’s lives.

A Screenplay and Recognition

Beeman’s passion for pickleball extended beyond the court. He recently wrote a critically acclaimed screenplay called “Pickleballs! – The Movie.” The story revolves around a toupee-wearing, disgraced former tennis champ who teams up with his old commie nemesis to travel the country in an old RV, competing in pickleball tournaments to reclaim his former glory and pay off debts. The screenplay received recognition and praise for its unique storyline and comedic elements.

Leading the Way

Despite his physical challenges, Beeman’s dedication and love for pickleball led to further opportunities. In June 2019, he was chosen to select and lead a team of sponsored players by Head for tournaments in Hawaii and California. Although he has since stepped back from the team leadership role, Beeman remains an active brand evangelist for Head. He conducts free demonstrations and clinics, spreading the joy of pickleball to new enthusiasts.

A Master of Hospitality

Beeman’s passion for pickleball led him to pursue a Master of Hospitality degree from UNLV, specializing in Sustainable Tourism. As part of his studies, he wrote his final research paper on the Implications of Pickleball for the Hospitality Industry. His research revealed that resorts with tennis or basketball courts that do not offer pickleball are missing out on potential revenue and market share. By adding pickleball facilities, resorts can attract a new demographic of active American adults with disposable income, thereby increasing their asset value and growth opportunities.

Transforming Resorts and Communities

To gather information for his research, Beeman visited Palm Desert Resort Country Club, where he met with the owner of the lease on their tennis center. Together, they created a pickleball program by converting three tennis courts into twelve pickleball courts. Since its inception, the program has grown exponentially, with over 500 members, tournaments, and Level-Up Camps. The club has become known as the Mecca of Pickleball on the west coast, and home values in the community have increased by over 30%.

Recognizing the potential for growth in the sport, Beeman purchased and renovated a condo near the Pickleball Mecca, now known as the Pickle Palace. This condo is available for long-term rental, catering specifically to pickleball enthusiasts. Notably, the legendary Gizmo, a prominent figure in the pickleball community, has stayed at the Pickle Palace after a tournament.

Spreading Pickleball Worldwide

In March 2019, Beeman was confirmed as an IFP Ambassador for Mexico. He rented his branded condo and traveled to Playa Del Carmen, MX, with the goal of introducing pickleball to resorts in the area. During his meetings, Beeman discovered that many all-inclusive resorts were looking to differentiate themselves by offering unique experiences. He also found that their target market, active American adults with disposable income, aligned perfectly with pickleball enthusiasts. Beeman saw an opportunity to help these resorts tap into new revenue streams by creating pickleball programs.

Overcoming Challenges

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Pickleball?
    • Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. It is played on a court with a hard surface and a net in the middle. Players use a paddle to hit a perforated plastic ball over the net.
  2. How is Pickleball different from other sports?
    • Pickleball is unique because it can be played by people of all ages and skill levels. It is less physically demanding than tennis and requires less space, making it accessible to a wider range of players. Additionally, pickleball has a friendly and inclusive community that welcomes newcomers with open arms.
  3. What are the health benefits of playing Pickleball?
    • Pickleball provides numerous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular fitness, increased agility and coordination, enhanced balance and flexibility, and reduced stress levels. It is a low-impact sport that puts less strain on the joints compared to high-impact activities like running or basketball.
  4. Can Pickleball help with weight loss?
    • Yes, Pickleball can be an effective tool for weight loss. It is a fun and engaging sport that can help burn calories and increase overall physical activity. Regular participation in Pickleball, combined with a balanced diet, can contribute to weight loss and improved fitness.
  5. How can I get started with Pickleball?
    • Getting started with Pickleball is easy! You can find local Pickleball courts in your area and join a beginner’s clinic or group. Many community centers and recreational facilities offer Pickleball programs. All you need is a paddle, a ball, and a willingness to have fun and learn a new sport.


Dan Beeman’s journey with Pickleball is a testament to the power of service and passion. From his initial introduction to the sport to becoming an ambassador and advocate for its growth, Beeman has shown how Pickleball can transform lives and communities. Through his research and efforts, he has helped resorts and communities embrace Pickleball, leading to increased revenue and market share. As Pickleball continues to gain popularity worldwide, it is individuals like Dan Beeman who are leading the way and spreading the joy of this unique sport. So grab a paddle, step onto the court, and experience the magic of Pickleball for yourself.

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Written by Billy Pickles

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