Juanita Harlow US NSA Mixed Doubles beginning Monday, Dec. 4th, 2017.

Tom Clayton, Avon Park President has just announced that preparations for the Juanita Harlow special event are complete!!  Although this event is not about the prize money, Tom advises that he has received an additional $200.00 over and above the standard!!   If you have not made your plans, you had better begin NOW!!  Registration will begin at 08:30 at 109 East Main St. in Avon Park.  Arrive early and enjoy the comfort of the Club House.  Tom will be assisted by Larry Brown, everybody’s favorite guy, in the delivery of Juanita’s Story.

MARTI NOBLE, 2nd VP of the FSA SPEAKS:  This tournament was just recently renamed the “Juanita Harlow U.S. National  Mixed Doubles” tournament, and rightfully so.

There are still some shufflers around that remember Juanita, but I am not one of them. However; after hearing her story, it is even more of an honor to proudly have won this event in 2016.  I always say it’s just a game…win or lose…but is it? ?? As my husband says, it’s a game that brings such a range of emotions. It’s also a game that inspires us to be gracious in our wins and loses; a game that makes us realize and appreciate how blessed we are to be able to physically compete; a game where we meet such a wide range of individuals who quickly become our friends and “shuffleboard family.”

Yes, Dan and I worked hard to win this event, and also won it with some luck as well. But as I look at those who competed in this week’s event, there are two people who are more deserving of the pin that to me represents the courage it takes to compete in Juanita’s honor. Among others, the two that I think of are our friends Gayle Iverson and Jason Pearson (Sebring Rec Club). So many of you know the story of Jason where an accident resulted in a brain injury and changed his life forever. Jason has also grown to love this game and is now a member of our shuffleboard family. Gayle was so gracious enough to play with him in this event, and after they were eliminated on the 2nd round, Jason told Gayle “I had a blast!” I realize now that Shuffleboard is so much more than “just a game.”

Marti Noble expressing her emotions following the win of her and husband Dan of the Juanita Harlow event in 2016.   Stan McCormack, 2017 12 02.

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