Where do you live? NEPA, Northeast PA.
How long have you been playing? My very first experience was July 3, 2018 at a small pop-up blind draw. Oddly enough, I remember playing against Dana Zaccheo in my very first game. She won, of course. At the time, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a “real” bag with a stick side and slow side. Here we are 3 years later and she has become one of my best friends and was the one to nominate me for Player of the Week. We even created a D Zacc and T Nuts Semi-Pro Cornholers Facebook page to document our cornhole experiences.
Why did you start playing cornhole? I was always very competitive and after playing organized sports my whole life, I had felt that void without them. After having kids, I really didn’t spend much time for myself. Luckily, my children’s father encouraged me to get out to try a cornhole tournament after I was reluctant for months. A month after that, we joined our first NEPA Cornhole league and that’s where I really started to appreciate the game.
What’s your favorite thing about cornhole? Besides filling the competitive void, my favorite thing about cornhole would be the social aspect. I love meeting new people, learning their backgrounds and stories. It’s amazing the opportunities the larger tournaments provide to travel and meet people from all over the country.
What cornhole brings to your life? At this point, it’s an escape! After being a mom to a 6 year old and 4 year old and working full time, cornhole is the one place I can let my guard down without the pressure to be the perfect parent and stand-up employee. I really try to enjoy every chance I get to play and don’t take any second of it for granted.
Other Interesting Facts About You? Being known as “T Nuts” in the cornhole world, many people wouldn’t guess I was valedictorian of my high school class. Which, falls right in line with my competitiveness. Afterwards, I earned two bachelors degrees in finance and accounting and have worked as a SQL data/reporting analyst for the past 12 years. Man, time flies.