southern oregon pickleball foundation

The Southern Oregon Pickleball Foundation (SOPF) is a 501c3 charitable organization that is affiliated with the Southern Oregon Pickelball Association (SOPA). The specific objectives and purposes of this organization are to encourage amateur participation in the sport of pickleball, to educate the general public and especially to educate and train young people in the sport of pickleball, and to promote regional, national and international pickleball competitions.

Your donations to SOPF are tax deductible.

Southern Oregon Pickleball Foundation Board of Directors



Ashland resident since 2010. Married to Alejandra. Have two grown daughters living in Kauai, Hawaii, and Savannah Ga. Pickleball player since 2013. Graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Geography. Five years an United States Marine Corps Naval Aviator. Worked in various military support disciplines, advanced technologies and sales including in-vehicle navigation and LiDAR. Retired aerial survey pilot.




Paul was born and raised in the rolling hills of north Georgia, attended and graduated from "the Harvard of the South" (Emory U. in Atlanta), and then traveled by motorcycle to Denver where he pursued a brief law enforcement "career."  Then it was off to law school in Portland and a subsequent 25 years living in the area.  Needing a "change of scenery," he moved to Ashland in 2008 and soon thereafter took up pickleball starting with one of Marty's Beginner Clinics at the YMCA.

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Jack is originally from the Chicago area. He lived for many years in Montana, where he started a software company, Black Mountain Software, which specializes in governmental accounting software.  He moved to Ashland with his wife, Michele, in 2014. He was introduced to Pickleball by Marty Burns shortly after arriving in Ashland. He keeps an active schedule of pickleball and yoga, while still being CEO of Black Mountain Software.



Director at Large

Chip Zendel, his wife Laura (a complete pickleball addict) and two children moved to Ashland in 1989 after practicing dentistry in Valdez, Alaska. After taking a year off to build their home he opened up a dental office in Phoenix, his childhood hometown, where he practiced for ten years before retiring in 2000. He keeps busy woodworking, gardening, RVing, and babysitting 5 grandchildren, with pickleball quickly replacing everything but babysitting on his favorite activities list. He loves the friendships, relationships and competition that pickleball provides.