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Featured Pickler: All in the Dubose family

When it comes to pickleball, the Dubose family of Weeki Wachee is all in.

About a year and a half ago, R.J. Dubose was introduced to the sport by fellow Tampa firefighter Ben Dyal. Soon after, R.J. introduced the game to his wife Christina and their sons — Jake, who played soccer, and Joey, a baseball player.

Photo courtesy of Kathy McCausey
Every member of the Dubose family medaled in the Dink to Donate tourney.

Now, the boys focus solely on pickleball.

“Eventually the pickleball got so serious that they said, ‘We want to just play pickleball,’” R.J. recollected.

In the recent Dink to Donate tournament, the boys won in their respective youth divisions. Christina, 39, was a gold medalist in ladies doubles while R.J., 41, and Christina were bronze medalists in mixed doubles.

As for the family dynamic of sharing a fun sport with the entire family, Christina said, “It’s a way to get out and do something physical as a family.”

Jake, 15, and 13-year-old Joey have moved up the ladder and are now sponsored by Paddletek.

In addition to playing tourneys, such as Dink to Donate, both have played and won in high school-middle school series at Tampa Bay Pickleball in Oldsmar. They began playing at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill but now train at the Brooksville Country Club.

Making life easier for the parents is that they no longer have to cart around their boys to their different sports.

“We’re totally fine with it,” Christina said.

Photo courtesy of Kathy McCausey

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