Simone is an IPTPA certified instructor. She started playing Pickleball in January 2015 and has since become the 5.0 Open National Champion in Mixed Doubles and Women's Singles, the Pro U.S. Open Women's Singles Champion and Tournament of Champions Masters Champion in Women's Doubles and Women's Singles.
Jardim was a two time All-American tennis player in doubles and was ranked number one in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Simone’s coaching expertise was developed as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at Michigan State University.
As a Division I coach she learned how to inspire her players and develop champions.
Twenty One year old Kyle Yates has been playing Pickleball for 6 years. At 19, he made his first appearance at the 2014 USAPA National Tournament: winning the men’s 19+ doubles gold medal (with partner Robert Elliott) and claimed a medal in both singles and mixed doubles.
Now, after only 2 years of playing competitive Pickleball, he has won 50+ gold medals, 3 national titles, is the reigning European International Men's and Mixed Doubles Champion, the US Open Men's Doubles Pro and Men's Doubles 19+ Champion, Canadian National Singles and Mixed Doubles Champion, and Tournament of Champions Men's Doubles Champion.
After a 32-year career in the elevator/escalator business Jim retired and moved to Naples, Florida. Shortly after Jim arrived in Naples he was introduced to the game of pickleball. It was an instant addiction. Jim not only played the game every day but also studied the game. He learned from some of the top instructors in the country.
For the past few years Jim has been giving lessons and clinics to all level of players. He is viewed as a player’s coach working with all levels of players to improve on their weaknesses while enhancing their strengths.
Jim, and his wife Carol, are the co-founders of Pickleball for All, a charity dedicated to growing the sport in schools around Florida. To further his mission to grow the sport he became a USAPA District Ambassador.