PickleMania is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to provide social-emotional learning through sports programming in under-resourced communities throughout Memphis and the Mid-South.
Additionally, PickleMania has created several sustainability verticals - such as equipment and apparel sales, court construction, and special events - to assist with costs associated with our programs.
Meet Our Team and Partners:
Taylor Holden Taylor
President and Founder, PickleMania
Taylor grew up in Memphis and was a nationally ranked junior tennis player and Division I college scholar-athlete at the University of Virginia. She played tennis for over 35 years and was a teaching professional for almost 20 years. Taylor was introduced to Pickleball in 2017. The inclusive nature, intergenerational allure, and accessibility of Pickleball led Taylor to decide that Pickleball is the perfect sport through which to engage children, adults, and whole communities. Taylor dedicated her energy to combining her passion for sport and her education in Social Work; as a result, she started a non-profit called PickleMania.
The work that Taylor and the PickleMania Board of Directors do to engage the community at large is purposeful and powerful. We invite you and others to “get in the game” and be a part of this happy, healthy, meaningful movement!
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 Peyton Financial, 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 PickleMania to provide people of all ages access to physical and mental activities that can translate into achievement in life skills.
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.
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 PickleMania 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!"
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 PickleMania curriculum in her classroom and it was a huge hit! She cannot wait to see the impact PickleMania has across the city!
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 PickleMania since its inception.
Albert "Albo" Carruthers
Albo is a lifelong Memphian who owns Memphis Net & Twine. Albo graduated from Memphis University School and SMU. He served on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Interfaith Association (MIFA) and he is currently on the MUS Alumni Association. Albo believes that PickleBall provides an ideal platform to teach life skills to all different age groups.
Board of Directors:
Brian R. Dobbins, Esq.
Brian Dobbins is an executive healthcare professional with almost 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Over the span of his career, Brian's responsibilities have included leadership roles in member services, provider relations, provider education, provider contracting, managed care contracting; as well as in areas of compliance, quality, clinical programs, and financial management He has led Medicaid and Medicare markets for regional and national health plans around the country. Some of these plans include United HealthCare, Optum, Aetna, and Gateway Health Plan (a Highmark BlueCross BlueShield company).