Friday, January 21, 2022

Local Support

Coach Wayne’s Corner

With all of the issues going on in the world today, it can be difficult to find positive and happy news.

Every time you turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper, it seems to all be bad news. Hurricanes, green algae, red tide, mass shootings, sex scandals, international, national and let’s not forget about local politics! The left is bashing the right, the right is bashing the left and the media just keeps spinning it up and throwing it all in our face 24/7.

It seems like the good news either goes unreported or ends up on the last 30 seconds of the broadcast.

Well I’m here to bring you some good news!

Too often, good deeds go unnoticed, but when someone does something nice for others, as well as for the community, especially when it’s for kids, I think the story needs to be told.

As many of my readers already know, I have been offering Coach Wayne’s Island Kids Youth Sports Camp at The Marco Island Racquet Center for over 15 years, and that I have recently relocated myself as a coach/instructor to The Pickleball Academy of Southwest Florida at East Naples Community Park.

You may also know that I have recently taken on a new career with Lenkbar Surgical Solutions.

Lenkbar is a medical design and manufacturing company based in Naples. Lenkbar’s president, Erik Papenfuss is an avid tennis player and a native Marco Island/Naples resident. I am proud to announce that Lenkbar is a sponsor of my youth tennis/pickleball juniors program.

Erik/Lenkbar’s sponsorship provides the kids shirts with the Pickleball Academy of Southwest Florida logo on the front and the Lenkbar company logo on the back.

Lenkbar is a vital contributor to the local Naples business community, running manufacturing operations 24 hours a day and staffing some 35 full-time employees at its current facility located on the Tamiami Trail in East Naples.

Lenkbar will be relocating its operations to its new state-of-the-art facility located on Corporate Flight Drive in 2019.

From a coach’s viewpoint, I like being involved with a company where each and every employee is considered to be a vital part of a winning team. Lenkbar encourages and promotes its employees’ individual talents and skills, allowing them to perform and succeed to the best of their abilities, while providing an opportunity to grow with the company.

It just goes to show that a manufacturing business can thrive here at home and does not have to be outsourced overseas in a foreign country.

I am proud and honored to be associated with Lenkbar, and with The Pickleball Academy of Southwest Florida. The sponsorship and support provided by Lenkbar of my juniors programing is a win/win scenario for me, for the kids and for the community.

Wayne Clark is a professional tennis instructor with over 25 years experience coaching players on all levels of the game. Wayne is also qualified in pickleball instruction and is on staff as an instructor with The Pickleball Academy of Southwest Florida at East Naples Community Park. Contact Coach Wayne by email at, or by phone or text at 239-450-6161.

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