SSPA’s 5th Annual Western Slope benefit tournament was, by any measure, a wonderful success!

Despite a construction-constrained field, the event grossed $10,000, and after expenses, will deliver $1,000 more to SSPA’s Youth Outreach program than last year’s tournament with a net $6,000.

Thanks go to our new Tournament Directors, Jayson Harris and Lexi Jensen. Despite a mid-Saturday deluge, all matches were contested in full and everything finished on time! And, nobody got a parking ticket.

Jeff Laxague, SSPA Chairman, is excited for the new possibilities that the tournament proceeds can provide, from Pickleball classes in even more schools, possible teacher training at the Steamboat Tennis and Pickleball Center to the support that can be given to teachers for balls, nets, and paddles. Besides the student outreach program, SSPA also sponsors clinics and play for the Boys and Girls Club, as well as scholarships for summer camps. 

Tournament Director Jayson Harris, stated “we had a wonderful tournament with a great turnout. The weather started out rough with heavy rains the prior night and during play, but we ended up having a beautiful day Sunday and some really great matches!” Co-tournament Director Lexi Jensen also confirmed that she, too, thinks this year’s Western Slope Tournament was an amazing success. “As this was the first tournament I’d ever run,” says Lexi, “I was very happy with how everything turned out. Especially Saturday, with two to three rain delays, we still were able to finish all the matches before dark. Sunday ran very smoothly, we had beautiful weather and amazing play! I was also impressed with the number of tournament sponsors that were gracious to donate items to the raffle. We had donations from Selkirk, Joola, Paddletec, Diadem, Vulcan, and Jigsaw Health. I’d also like to give a huge shoutout to Mai’s Pies & Cookies Too, for baking amazing cookies and desserts for the tournament on both days.” 


We offer special appreciation to our many sponsors (Please reward them!)

Business Sponsors:

Blue Sage Pizza

Court Sports 4 Life 


4 Points Funding/Chris & Amanda Montgomery 

Honey Stinger 


Lisa Olson/Sothebys 

Mai’s Pies (double medal-winning owner!)

Moving Mountains

Selkirk Sport

The Smalls/Sothebys 

The Valicenti Team/The Group 

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council

The Zopf Team/Sothebys

Individual Sponsors:

Pete & Kit Paulin

Jeff Laxague & Donna Henderson

Margie & Bob Huron

Gary & Jeanette Robinson

Jay & Susan Mayes

Cathy Brideau & Randy Wert

Karen O’Conner

Scott & Karin Lee

Steamboat Christian Center


You should know that this event does not happen without MUCH volunteer help. We appreciate these members for their efforts this weekend:

Barbara Robinson 

Beth Schaff

Bill Conway 

Bill Sauter 

Bob Huron  

Brenda Ehrlich 

Carol Breslau 

Cathy Brideau

Debbie Modzelewski 

Deb Ratliff 

Donna Hambric 

Donna Henderson 

Eric Gautreaux 

Jackie Spires 

Jeannie Antonucci 

Jeff Laxague 

Joan Curran 

Jon Faulkner 

Julie Lewis 

Kathy Kortas  

Kristy Ragan 

Loretta Conway

Margie Huron 

Mary Henson 

Mike Ratliff 

Randy Wert 

Sheila Farny

Tosia Sauter

Hannah Harris

Dan Riley

Mike Zopf

Santino Antonucci

Apologies to anyone not listed who deserves mention.