The #1 Ranked Pickleball Player in the World is Coming to MoCo

YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase Hosts Pickleball Pro Exhibition Event on June 7th with #1 Ranked Pickleball Player in the World

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States and combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.

To serve members of all ages in this easy-to-learn sport that brings all people together, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has set-up pickleball courts at YMCA’s across the DMV.  YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase (9401 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814) currently boasts 14 courts and will host a Pickleball Exhibition event featuring Ben Johns, number one player in the world, and his brother Collin Johns, who plays with Ben on the number one doubles team in the world.

Local pickleball pros Sonny Tannan and Eric White will join the Johns brothers in this event on Monday, June 7, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A two-hour clinic will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. where participants can sign up to hone their skills with the pros. There are 32 spots available. The cost is $150 for members and $175 for non-members.

A two-hour Pro-Amateur Round Robin will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with room for up to 32 participants to play with the pros. The cost is $40 member and $50 non-members.

The evening concludes with an exhibition doubles match featuring Ben Johns, Collin Johns, Sonny Tannan and Eric White from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m; and this is then followed a Q & A session with the pros. The exhibition doubles match is FREE to all who register to attend.

“The response to Pickleball has been overwhelming by our members.  Pickleball is an inclusive and social sport where you do not need to be athletic but still challenges you physically.  There are less injuries for adults, and it improves eye-hand coordination for children. We are proud that the Y will have a dedicated space that allows for individuals to meet other people and families to connect more.  Pickleball is the perfect pandemic sport since people can still socially distance and get great exercise both outdoors and indoors at an extremely affordable price” said Pamela Curran, executive vice president and COO for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington.

To purchase a spot in the clinic or the Pro-Amateur Round Robin (or both!), or to register to attend the FREE exhibition, please visit the event information page at


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 1. Why Well-Paid Maids?

Karen: I saw the company was paying a living wage and had great benefits. Also, they were very flexible with my schedule, especially since I have kids.

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Karen: I feel very appreciated at the company. This is the first job where I feel I'm able to speak about any issue and that management will support me.

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Karen: Because Well-Paid Maids pays a living wage, I can now spend more time with my kids and not work double shifts like I did at my old job.

 4. How do you plan to spend your PTO this year?

Karen: I look forward to traveling to El Salvador to visit my family there.

 5. How would you describe Well-Paid Maids as an employer in three words?

Appreciated, valued and opportunity

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Washington City Paper is hosting its annual Best of D.C. contest -- and Well-Paid Maids is eyeing the Best Maid Service category. If you missed it: Well-Paid Maids has secured first place for the past three years. Can you help us snag gold again? Simply go to the ballot and write in your vote for the best maid service. In case you need a refresher before you vote, Well-Paid Maids is the only certified living-wage cleaning company in the D.C. area. We pay our cleaners, who are W-2 employees, at least $24 an hour and offer benefits like insurance, 24 paid days off per year and more. Voting is open until June 10 at 5 p.m., and the winner will be announced July 18. (We'll keep you posted!) Thank you for your support -- and if you still haven't booked a spring cleaning yet, now is the time!

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A local community movie is filming in our area in June and needs contributions!

Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

This is a not-for-profit film and donations are tax-deductible.

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In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.


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