Paup Coaching Fund

Donald C. Paup Coaching Fund

The Northeast Badminton Association announces the initiation of a fund to honor Donald C. Paup, a champion player and renowned coach who spent most of his career in the Washington, DC and Virgina area. The fund will be used to support the education, development, and certification of coaches resident in the Northeast, which includes the 13 states from Virginia to Maine, including the District of Columbia. Donations to the fund would help defray the cost of conducting coaching clinics and otherwise support the development of coaching resources in the Northeast Badminton Association, which is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt entity, and the regional arm of USA Badminton.

Don Paup had an extensive coaching career, including serving as coach of the U.S. International Teams from 1971 to 1974, coach at the Olympic Festival, coach of The George Washington University (GWU) women’s badminton team, and coach at many badminton camps, including the Connecticut Badminton Camp (1974-1983) in Farmington, CT, and the GWU Badminton Camp (1988-1999) in Washington, DC. Don also authored two badminton skills books and teaching films.

As a player, Don’s badminton achievements spanned from the late 1960s through 2002. He won 18 national titles - nine U.S. National Men’s Doubles, one U.S. National Mixed Doubles, and eight Senior National Doubles Championships. He also won the Mexican and South African Open Men’s Doubles championships. Internationally, he played on, captained, or coached the U.S. Thomas Cup Teams from 1964 to 1979, U.S. Devlin Cup Teams, and the U.S. Touring Team to South Africa. Don was inducted into the Badminton Hall of Fame in 1973, and years later, the Walk of Fame; received the Ken Davidson Sportsmanship Award in 1976; and served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (1968-1997).

As impressive as Don’s career highlights are, he is most remembered in the badminton community by the many players and students who he coached, ranging from the very top echelon of U.S. players, to beginners. He was always ready to help and play with new and learning players, and encouraged and coached many of them to become accomplished badminton athletes. At the same time, his badminton analytical skills were legendary, and the best players in the country relied on his coaching and physical training insights to improve their competitive skills. Don was an inspiration as a coach and a champion to countless badminton players, and it is only fitting that his contribution to the sport of badminton be honored though a fund focused on supporting the education, development, and certification of coaches, to continue his legacy.

Contributions to the fund are tax deductible, and should be made via check to “Northeast Badminton Association” and mailed to its Treasurer:

Arthur Schwartz
Bluestone Capital, LLC

The 21 Condominium, LLC

TD Condominium, LLC

3 Bessom Street #151 Marblehead, MA 01945-2371

Criteria and procedures for applying for support from this fund will be announced shortly.