Nguyen Pickleball: A family affair
DALLAS, TX - Take it from me, seeing pickleball professionals like Mary Brascia and Quang Duong in person is pretty cool.
But, sharing the court with them is cooler. And you can take that from Josiah, Shiloh, and Seth Nguyen, who had the opportunity to play with Brascia and Duong for Seth’s 13th birthday.
“They’re both playing a whole different game,” Shiloh noticed. “They’re so consistent, so it’s hard to keep up with them, but we were able to hang with them, too, so it was a lot of fun.”
The newly turned 13-year-old was especially impressed by Duong’s ball striking ability.
“It was really fun, but Quang [Duong] was really good,” Seth shared. “Everything he hit was so low and really hard.”
This experience might seem like an unusual gift, but really, it’s a testament to one basic truth: the Nguyen family loves pickleball.
Tony and Michele Nguyen are parents to the three boys, as well as their eldest daughter, Olivia.
Tony was the first in the family to discover the sport, and what he noticed immediately was its ability to bring different types of people together.
“It was easy to pick up, but what I liked more was the community it brought together,” he said. “People from all different backgrounds would come together and just commune, and it was great.”
Seeing how great the sport is, Tony then tried showing it to his sons.
Coming from tennis, they hated it at first because the bounce was so different from what they were used to.
A year-and-a-half later, the brothers can’t get enough.
Sixteen-year-old Josiah enjoys creating new angles and shots on pickleball’s more compact court.
“We were able to take the skills we learned from tennis and transfer them over to open a whole new world,” he said. “With pickleball, you can be so much more creative.”
The Nguyen boys aren’t the only members of the family that are invested in pickleball.
Tony founded paddle company Continuum Pickleball in August, and everyone plays a role in the business.
“Everybody gives their input on what our next marketing should be, how the next paddle design should look, what type of material it should be, and what size and all that,” Tony explained.
Olivia, who runs social media for the company, enjoys this family dynamic and team spirit that comes with helping the company grow.
“I love how it just brings us together as a family,” she shared. “I’ll be making content while they’re on the courts, and it’s just fun to be together and all work as a team in a way.”
The name “Continuum” carries a sort of double meaning. On one hand, it’s a nod to the plight of a pickleball player.
“Continuum means perpetual progression,” Michele explained. “We were thinking that with pickleball, you get better and just keep going and don’t stop.”
On the other hand, the name represents something much more important to the family: their Christian faith.
“As Christians, we think that God is eternal, and so we chose that name,” Tony mentioned.
Even though it may seem daunting to join the paddle game with brands like Joola and Selkirk out there, the family’s main goal with Continuum is to contribute to the sport’s growing community.
“We don’t look at it as competition,” Tony revealed. “We view it as an opportunity for unity. We want to unify people and bring the pickleball community together. For people who don’t play pickleball, we want to bring them to the sport and encourage people to hang out and have fun and get to know each other.”
While not everyone may come to love pickleball as much as Tony, Michele and their children, there’s no doubt that the Nguyen family is wholly committed to helping the sport grow.
And that’s all anyone could ask for.
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