Updated: 5/21/20 | May 21, 2020. Original post: July 2019
This was a very popular post because how often in a lifetime do you get a chance to send a birthday message to a co-founder of our sport. Almost 1,000 birthday wishes were sent to Barney … Priceless. Barney McCallum – A Wonderful Life
Did you know that there is just ONE living founder of pickleball and soon he will be 93 years old?
Yes, it’s Barney McCallum of Seattle, Washington. Wish him a happy birthday and share your pickleball history, story, and gratitude with him. He loves hearing from players around the world and their story of why they love pickleball.
The below link goes to a Google Form where you can submit your best wishes. Every week or so the birthday wishes from around the world will be printed out and given to Barney. (He prefers the printed format … no computers for him!)
This Form has been removed.
(All birthday wishes need to be submitted by September 15, 2019. Why wait, no one is getting younger, share your happy birthday wishes NOW!)
Want More Birthday Fun? Check out this YouTube video from the summer of 2015 – pickleball’s 50th birthday celebration where Alex Hamner and myself (Jennifer Lucore in white) are singing with Barney McCallum on the original court on Bainbridge Island, WA. We do like to have pickleball fun where ever we go.
I have always loved this photo, for that day together on the original court was very special.