The mission of G.A.M.E., Inc. is to provide access and programming for under-resourced children, families and communities to reduce toxic stress and empower all through Pickleball.

Taylor H. Taylor

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G.A.M.E., Inc. is currently working to engage the community on multiple levels. Our offerings include “Pickleball with Purpose” classes in schools, social-outreach organizations, community centers and other places of need, courts (whether taped, painted, dedicated, etc.) and equipment in these same areas plus recreational and competitive fundraising opportunities for the community at large. We invite everyone to “get in the G.A.M.E.” and be a part of this happy, healthy, meaningful movement!

“Pickleball has truly been a God-send. I was unable to play tennis anymore due to several knee surgeries and was not sure what the second half of my life/career would look like without it. Then, Pickleball fell out of the sky and into my world. The Pickleball culture, whether recreational or competitive, facilitates inclusivity and encouragement and brings happiness and health to ALL. My goal is to continue to spread this gift through G.A.M.E., Inc.”

Board of Directors

Chalmers Valentine

Chairperson

Chalmers is a lifelong Memphian who for the last 30 years has centered her career around life insurance and estate/family planning. Currently, Chalmers works for Highland Capital Brokerage, Inc. , is a Life and Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table and President Elect of NAIFA West Tennesse. Chalmers is excited and encouraged by the focus of G.A.M.E. to provide people of all ages access to physical and mental activities that can translate into achievement in life skills. 

Joelle Rogin

Treasurer

Joelle is a Senior Vice President at Pinnacle

 

Financial Partners. She currently serves on

 

the Board of St. Mary's Episcopal School and

has served on the boards of the Exchange

 

Club, the Urban Art Commission and Ride

 

Foundation. She is a New Memphis Institute

 

Fellow and was named a "Top 40 Under 40" by

 

the Memphis Business Journal. Joelle has been

 

a part of G.A.M.E., Inc. since its inception. 

JJ Greer

Chairperson

JJ is the Sales Manager of Sports and Events for the Memphis Sports Council, a subsidiary of Memphis Tourism. With his team, JJ promotes Memphis and Shelby County as one of the nation's premier year-round sports destinations. These events attract tens of thousands of sports enthusiasts the to Bluff-City Region. JJ played soccer for the University of Memphis and  played 4 years of professional soccer for the United Soccer League. 

Ashley Cowsert

Ashley Cowsert is the Athletic Coordinator and Physical Education teacher at Believe Memphis Academy Charter School. She is from Hollister, Missouri and moved to Memphis in 2013 and has fallen in love with the city. She is a sports enthusiast and passionate about health and wellness. As a physical education teacher and coach her hope is to encourage children to find an activity they truly enjoy by introducing them to an array of movements, sports, and activities within her physical education classroom. She was able to pilot the first ever G.A.M.E curriculum in her classroom and it was a huge hit!  She cannot wait to see the impact G.A.M.E has across the city!

Secretary

Janis Finan

Janis and her husband, Pat, have lived and worked in Memphis for the last 17 years
after relocating from her native Chicago. Janis and Pat raised their 3 sons here while being active members of their community. Janis is an Art Director/Graphic Designer and has worked for over 30 years with a wide range of clients. Janis has volunteered for the non-profit organization, MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action Hope) from its inception and has served on many boards and committees under the Jewish Federation of Memphis. Janis is excited to assist with G.A.M.E., Inc. and the continued growth and positive impact it is making on the community. Janis proudly states, “I am an aspiring pickleball aficionado, you could say I am addicted!"

Chairperson