Welcome to our American Pickleball story.
Martina was born and raised in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where tennis was a big part of her life. At 19 years young she accepted a Division I tennis scholarship in Texas, graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2005. Martina was ready to start her post-graduation life in Europe; instead she became an Army wife and a sponsored pickleball professional. Martina is now a part of Team Vulcan, and she is a pickleball pro at the beautiful Fisher Island Club in Miami, Florida. Martina is also proud to have recently become an American Citizen.
Andrew comes from a military family, and in keeping with that tradition he attended the Virginia Military Institute. He graduated in 2005, receiving his commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. He went on to earn his Green Beret and has served all over the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He is currently an Executive MBA student at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Over the past 15 years Martina and Andrew have lived all over the country—from North Carolina to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and California to Florida. All told they’ve conducted six military moves and endured five overseas deployments. They are raising two beautiful children, nine year old Scarlett and four year old Thayer.
They have become an All-American family, believing in the American dream and living it daily.
We support military veterans, first responders, and proud American Citizens while enjoying the very fun, social, and exciting game of pickleball. A portion of all proceeds go to the Green Beret Foundation.