Helen believes in the power of playing sports for all. In 2012, she became the USA Pickleball Ambassador for Northern Virginia and began promoting and teaching pickleball throughout the DC area (and beyond). Since then, she has led over 150 Introduction to Pickleball sessions for older adults, teachers, sports administrators, condo residents, college students, Native Americans, cancer survivors, kids, wounded warriors, soldiers and more. She organizes pickleball socials, tournaments and other special events (e.g., pickleball exhibitions at the Citi Open Tennis Tournament and at the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo) and competes in local, regional, and national tournaments.
In 2015, she was appointed as the USA Pickleball District Ambassador for Northeast Virginia and Washington, D.C. and guides a team of almost 20 volunteer ambassadors who promote pickleball throughout the district.
She has directed a number of tournaments including the DC Senior Games Pickleball Tournament and the Mid-Atlantic Open Pickleball Tournament, in Arlington, a 300+ player sanctioned event.
She teaches pickleball for FirstServe Tennis where she leads a team of five part time coaches. She also teaches for the Fairfax County Park Authority, the City of Falls Church and at the Burke Racquet & Swim Club.
She is a Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) Certified Coach and has taught over 3000 people how to play pickleball.