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Featured Pickler: Pickle Man keeps busy on and off the court

The founder of Pickle Man Inc. recently turned in his most successful effort on the court. Off the court last week, it was off to Las Vegas for pointers on planning a pickleball expo.

Alex Wadsworth, who last year built a pickleball court on his family’s property in Lutz, teamed with business partner Gary Ivanov to place third in the second annual Dink to Donate tournament at the Land O’Lakes Recreation Complex. They came in last in their division last year.

Photo courtesy of Pickle Man Inc.
Partners Alex Wadsworth and Gary Ivanov placed third in this year’s Dink to Donate tournament.

“It was pretty crazy,” Wadsworth said of their top-three finish in men’s doubles 3.0. “We came from last place to third.”

Dink to Donate, organized by partners Kathy McCausey and Val Thomopalos, raised money for the Pasco County Parks and Recreation’s mental health awareness program. That charitable cause, in part, drew Wadsworth to the event.

“I’m going to do it every year,” he said. “It means a lot to me because my whole family’s plagued with mental illness.”

Wadsworth’s efforts to promote the sport had him on a flight to Vegas for the World Pickleball Convention. He is part of a group planning the Florida Pickleball Expo for September 2025 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

“It’s to network with other companies that contribute to the pickleball industry,” Wadsworth said, noting that the Vegas event had 10,000 people registered.

Photo courtesy of Pickle Man Inc.

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