Who is the United States Badminton Education Foundation?

The United States Badminton Education Foundation (USBEF) works in cooperation with USA Badminton (the governing body of United States Badminton) to promote the growth and support of Badminton throughout our country. The USBEF was incorporated in the State of Massachusetts in 1967 and its Board Members consist of Badminton Players who serve voluntarily to “put something back into Badminton”. All collected monies are used for the training, education and furthering of the sport. A substantial  amount of its revenue is given to the USA Badminton which allocates funds according to the discretion of its  National Board of Directors.


To establish and promote throughout the United States an educational program  devoted to the development of Badminton as a means of healthful and physical fitness, to promote the recognition in schools, colleges, YMCA and other institutions with physical education programs of the carry-over benefits of Badminton, to give coaching and instructions to players throughout the U.S. Badminton in clinics and exhibitions which are in furtherance of educational objectives.

Board of Directors

  • Mary Ann Bowles (St. Louis, MO)
  • Dave Carton (San Diego, CA)
  • Harry Orr (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Beth Sopka (Boston, MA)
  • Lisa Ward-Knechtel (Durham, NC)


  • Nominating: Dave Carton
  • Special Projects: Andrea Weiss, LIsa Ward-Knechtel
  • FundraisingPaul Knechtel
  • Publications: Alice Tym,  Mary Ann Bowles
  • Website: Phillip Ayoung-chee