The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) has designated April as "National Pickleball Month". To recognize this first ever celebration of a month dedicated to highlighting pickleball, the Pickledillys are planning several activities:
1. April 12 - Donate Day: On Thursday, April 12th , we will be supporting the Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS) food bank program. When you play that day we request that you bring canned goods or other non-perishable food items with you to Odell Weeks. They will be collected there and then delivered to ACTS. We ask that you be as generous as you can. We hope this is just the first of many charitable events to be sponsored by the Pickledillys.
2. April 27 - Robin Slam: This will be a social competitive event on Friday, April 27, from 4:00-8:45 Round robin play will occur within skill-level groups, changing partners at each round. At a minimum, Pickledilly bragging rights will be on the line! More information to follow.
3. Aiken Standard - Dr. David Keisler, who writes a bi-monthly health column in the Aiken Standard, will highlight the health aspects of pickleball during his mid-month column. We have also submitted a broader article on pickleball to the Aiken Standard and we hope to see it published at some point during the month. Be on the lookout for these stories that help promote the sport.
4. USAPA Membership: For those of you who have not yet joined the USAPA, I ask that you please favorably consider joining this month to help celebrate National Pickleball Month. The USAPA is a 501 (c) (3) organization that helps foster and nurture the spread of pickleball throughout the country. They have a generous grant program wherein they assist qualified applicants with purchasing equipment to start local programs. We used the program in 2011 to purchase the first net standards when pickleball started in Aiken! You can join online by going to https://www.usapa.org/usapa-membership/. This would be a good way to give back to the sport which has given us all so much.
We look forward to your participation in these events and to the support we can provide to important local organizations. Thank you for your help!