Around the country, pickleball clubs and groups host events, pro-ams, exhibitions, round robins, and tournaments to raise money for specific causes and charities, ranging from The Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the local Humane Society, and the local pickleball club and public courts, among others. One pickleball club, the Vernon Pickleball Association of British Columbia, Canada, has even embarked on a campaign to raise $1.2 million to "Raise the Roof" to accommodate first-class indoor pickleball play year-round. In just three weeks after the start of the campaign, the Vernon Pickleball Association has already raised $1 million and is on its way to fulfill its indoor pickleball vision by the end of the 2020 calendar year.
The success of the Vernon Pickleball Association, as well as hundreds of pickleball clubs and groups across the county, is telling to the power of pickleball and the power of the pickleball community. The sport of pickleball and the pickleball community seems to be uniquely positioned to power "good" for the following reasons:
With that said, the sport of pickleball seems to be the perfect fundraising activity, as pickleball (i) is a sport on a "budget", (ii) is fueled by people that are champions not only for pickleball, but other important causes and charities, (iii) could provide a unique experience for donors, (iv) offers multiple opportunities for fundraisers to engage with donors, and (v) offers an activity that lends to personal, one-on-one engagement with donors.
The sport of pickleball is all about community, which is what causes and charities are all about. As such, the sport of pickleball seems to be a perfect vehicle to help fuel causes, charities, and most importantly, community.
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