Don is originally from New Jersey, where he grew up on a farm in the little town of Hawthorne. He went to college in Miami, FL and then joined the Air Force where he became the Cadet Group Commander. He lived in various places for the next twenty years and developed a love for racquetball, playing the game relentlessly until he retired. Once retired from the Air Force he went into Commercial aviation for the next 15 years, still playing racquetball on the side. In 2008, after his wife retired they moved to Del W ebb Canebay in Summerville, SC.
When Del Webb built two pickleball courts, Don was one of the first on them, and that's where he developed his love of the game. He's been playing pickleball close to four years now and still loves the game. He was also instrumental in sparking pickleball in nearby Mt. Pleasant and most recently in Hanahan at the Hanahan Senior Center. He provides newcomer instruction twice a month for his Club and is the Club's vice president. He was one of 20 players from his club who came home with 14 pickleball medals at the South Carolina Senior Games in Florence.
Pickleball Club membership continues to grow and they are now over 65 strong. Pickleball at Del Webb is a loved sport!