My name is Lesa, aka, Petunia Pickle
I have been playing pickleball for a little over 10 years. I began playing pickleball in Florida and have been “hooked” ever since. I visited facilities and community parks outside of Ithaca that had pickleball and quickly became a part of a growing pickleball community. I have played competitively everywhere and hope to continue to do so in the future. Eventually, Ithaca embraced pickleball and we began growing our small community. I became a US Pickleball Association Ambassador in Ithaca and surrounding counties. As the sport evolved and more people began to inquire about pickleball, I became an IPTPA level II certified pickleball instructor. Teaching community members how to play the sport that has brought me so much joy has been an honor and a privilege. My PhD in education and research has uniquely qualified me to offer various techniques and methods by which various learners can grasp the sport. As the owner of Pickleball Mania, the most thrilling experience for me has been to look at the joy and excitement of those who play and leave with smiles on their faces.