Gary Beaudoin grew up in Lansing and graduated from Everett High School. He pursued his higher education at Michigan State University where he earned both an undergraduate and Masters Degree. He was an educator for 37 years on the west side of the state, serving as a K-8 Teacher/Principal for 13 years and as a Middle School Principal for 24 years.
Following his retirement, Gary and his wife, Jane, both diehard MSU fans, decided to move back to the greater Lansing area and retire in East Lansing.
Gary is a very active volunteer both in the community at large and at Michigan State. He serves as Chair of the East Lansing Parks and Recreation Commission. While serving on the commission, Gary expressed an interest in starting up a pickleball program in East Lansing. Working with the commission, he was able to secure an indoor space at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center and had the program up and running in 2014. He dedicated a significant amount of volunteer time to organizing the program in the beginning and continues to volunteer his time to keep the program going from year to year. In an effort to bring the sport outdoors in the warmer months, Gary also helped raise matching funds to bring new pickleball courts to Patriarche Park. Gary has worked to bring pickleball tournaments to East Lansing, drawing participants from all over mid-Michigan. Gary’s willingness to invest his personal time and energy has been instrumental in bringing this life-enhancing sport to the East Lansing community and it has helped keep community members of all ages, especially the senior population active and healthy.
Gary received the East Lansing Community Crystal Service Award in 2017 in recognition of all his various volunteer commitments in the community and for his work to establish the sport of pickleball in the greater Lansing area.