In 1984 PROLITE Sports changed pickleball forever. Founder Arlen Paranto, an industrial engineer, pioneered the use of composite materials in place of the original wood paddle construction. Today PROLITE is a family-owned business, based in Wisconsin. Operating with a strong dedication to the sport and a solid Midwestern work ethic, they continue to lead in paddle design and technology. PROLITE also leads as true ambassadors of the sport at all levels - teaching free clinics, sponsoring clubs and tournaments, and donating gear to schools, veteran's programs, and other worthy causes.