USA Badminton is excited to announce and welcome two new members, Dean Schoppe and James Young, to its Board of Directors. During their four-year terms, commencing Jan. 1, 2021, Schoppe will serve as the At-Large Director and Young will join Rena Wang and Amy Burnett as an Athlete Director.
Dean Schoppe has been a player, coach, tournament director, teacher and badminton enthusiast for the past 50 years. He has conducted hundreds of badminton camps and clinics throughout the U.S. He currently serves on the Rules Advisory Committee and the Court Official and Sponsor Committees of the California Community College Athletic Association. Schoppe is also an adjunct faculty member in the kinesiology department at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he teaches badminton to undergraduate students. Schoppe is also the author of "Badminton for Physical Education and Beyond." He has previously served USAB as the junior development chair and as the U.S. representative and treasurer for the Badminton Pan Am Confederation (BPAC). The 1993 recipient of the Ken Davidson sportsmanship award, Schoppe has competed in the U.S. Thomas Cup, World Championships and Pan American Championships. Schoppe is an honorary life member of the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club and the president of HL Badminton.
Throughout his life, James Young was heavily involved in badminton. He played, coached, trained, competed and even managed a badminton club at one point. He co-founded a company and published a magazine called Badminton Monthly, a print and digital magazine that focuses on the U.S. badminton community (it ran for 10 issues from 2013-2015). Young is the USA Badminton 2019 Kenneth R. Davidson Award recipient, for his contributions to badminton through sportsmanship, attitude, and achievement.For Young, badminton serves as a reminder of all the life lessons his father taught him. Currently, Young is a full-time interpreter and tester at Language Line Solutions, a Cantonese-radio show host, a Canto-rapper, songwriter, and music producer. He proudly professes his love for badminton wherever he goes and his motto in life is, “embrace our differences and celebrate our similarities.”