Juanita Harlow US National Shuffleboard Tournament! Begins, Monday, Dec 4th, 2017 at Avon Park. 109 East Main St. 


In December of 2004 during a National Shuffleboard Tournament at the Shuffleboard Courts on 109 East Main Street, Avon Park, Juanita Harlow with partner Don Rood, placed first in the inaugural US National Amateur Mixed Doubles.

In the year 2000 Juanita had demonstrated that she was a competent shuffler by competing in the Central District Masters. In the year 2001 Juanita had her hip replaced. She contracted an infection while in the hospital and between 2001 and 2004, Juanita had six operations and 3 hips!! For a six month period Juanita had no hip at all and during this period she relied on a walker. She explained to me that when you have no hip, your foot will not move without a conscious message from your brain, that is you must tell your foot to move!!
During this period of convalescence, Juanita often explained that “We must be powerful, not pitiful; and we must get better, not bitter”!! The spirit and attitude expressed by these phrases, coupled with a strong belief in God helped Juanita during what can only be described as a period of hell.
To the delight of those who knew her, we were pleased and somewhat surprised when we became aware that she had chosen to compete in the very first US National Mixed Doubles Tournament in 2004.

We were even more surprised and more pleased when Juanita with partner Don Rood finished in FIRST PLACE. Placing first in normal situations creates a good deal of emotion; placing first given the personal hardship, the personal hell experienced by Juanita, leading up to this tournament, created emotion like those present had never experienced.
A coveted one time National Pin is presented to the first place finishers for US National Tournaments. As soon as the results were announced, Juanita with quiet confidence and joy in her heart, asked a personal friend to “Pin this on me right now”! As the Pin was being attached, the entire audience stood and erupted with applause as they saluted this ACT OF COURAGE BY JUANITA!!

Juanita will not be with us at the 13th anniversary of ACT OF COURAGE but she will be remembered during the Opening Ceremonies.  Avon Park President Tom Clayton will share with us the Wonderful Story of Juanita. Tom has invited FSA 2nd VP Marti Noble to share with you her emotional high when she and husband Dan, WON the Event!! He has also invited Larry Brown, CD;s  State Rep. to participate!!   Tom will read a letter from Past President Sandi Quinn, written following her telephone conversation with Juanita. Tom will also read a letter from the NSA Serving President, Rob Robinson.     President Sandi Quinn Calls Juanita Harlow. 2015 12 02

Stan McCormack Speaks: I experience a great deal of satisfaction promoting this Special Event. As Serving President of Avon Park in 2004, I contacted Jim Clayton, then USA NSA President to have this event sanctioned by the NSA.  Little did we know that our own Club Member Juanita Harlow would win!!  Little did we know the event would  take on the lustre that it has.   Thank You Juanita:  This quote by Past President Quinn says it best: ”  “God bless this lady for her faith & spunk, and what an inspiration she must be to all who know her.”  

I telephoned Juanita 2017 11 20. She sounded perfect, full of energy!! She confirmed her age, 90. She said to tell all those present, that she misses ALL SHUFFLERS; that she had great times; that she retains all items (cards etc , sent to her.) 

Stan McCormack.  2017 11 26

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