Tien Nguyen: I first came across pickleball during a business trip in 2012 to Luke AFB assisting the F-35 program for the US Air Force. It was in Surprise, AZ, that I noticed these immaculate “miniature” tennis courts. I did not engage in any play. Years later, I was re-introduced to the game. I visited the gym where pickleball was played regularly. I watched diligently and took mental notes. It was not until my 3rd visit that I partake in the Sport. Nowadays, pickleball has become a staple in my exercise and calorie-burning curriculum after not making the cut for the OKC Noodling Team.