Youth Summer Slam

Are you ready to discover the secret weapon for keeping kids active, happy, and healthy?

Spoiler alert: it’s pickleball!

While pickleball might be the darling of retirees, pickleball is also making waves with the younger crowd. This fast-paced, ridiculously fun game is perfect for young players looking to boost their health and well-being.

Keep reading to discover why pickleball is the ultimate game-changer for getting teens out of the house this summer (and all year round!)—and no, the kids don’t need to love pickles to play!

Pickleball is fantastic for youth!

Youth Pickleball is Growing Rapidly

It’s not just adults and older folk who are getting hooked on pickleball anymore; kids and teens are picking up paddles in droves, and that’s such a good thing!

Here’s why the sport is gaining serious momentum among the younger crowd:

  • Fastest Growth Rate: According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), players under 24 had the fastest growth rate of 21% from 2020 to 2021. That’s a lot of new young paddlers! (source)
  • Youth Participation Soars: In 2021, the 18-34 age group made up 18.5% of total pickleball participants, making it the second-largest age bracket after those 55 and older. (source)
  • Younger Players on the Rise: The average age of pickleball players dropped from 41 in 2020 to 38.1 in 2021. This means more young people are hitting the courts! (source)
  • Largest Demographic in 2023: By 2023, a whopping 28.8% of pickleball players in the US were between 18 and 34 years old, making this the largest age demographic in the sport. Who knew pickleball could be this trendy? (source)
  • Massive Overall Participation: The Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) reported that 36.5 million people played at least once in 2023. That’s a lot of dinks and smashes, with many of them coming from youth and young adults! (source)

The bottom line is that pickleball is all about accessibility, the social aspect, and a lower barrier to entry compared to other sports. Plus, more schools and community programs are jumping on the pickleball bandwagon every day, boosting youth participation even more.

Physical Health Benefits of Pickleball for Youth

Kids must be active to be healthy, not glued to their phones or staring at a TV.

One of the most significant advantages of pickleball is its positive impact on cardiovascular health. The game provides an intense cardio workout, which helps lower risk factors like high cholesterol and blood pressure.

Plus, unlike many high-impact sports, pickleball is gentle on growing joints and muscles, making it less likely for someone to get injured (but injuries do occur…) and ideal for youth of all abilities. Thus, everyone can participate and benefit.

Additionally, pickleball enhances several key physical skills through its dynamic movements:

  • Balance and Coordination: Improves balance and hand-eye coordination.
  • Agility and Flexibility: Enhances agility and flexibility, making players more adept at quick movements.
  • Strength and Stamina: Builds strength and stamina, including heart and lung health, through its cardio-intensive nature.

Pickleball’s physical health benefits make it an excellent choice for a sport for youth to get involved in, contributing to their overall physical fitness and development.

The great thing about pickleball is that it’s fantastic for people of all ages to enjoy!

IPOP and BC Lung recently hosted the BC Lung First Annual IPOP Classic on June 22, 2024, to raise funds for BC Lung’s health initiatives and promote the health benefits of playing pickleball. People of all ages and skill levels came out for a fun day of competition and raising money for a good cause!

To learn more about pickleball’s health benefits, check out our blog on what we have planned for the future and the cool video below.

Mental Health Benefits of Pickleball for Youth

Pickleball isn’t just good for the muscles, heart, and lungs.

The mental health benefits of pickleball are equally impressive. Playing the game can significantly decrease stress levels and improve coping abilities. The fast-paced nature of pickleball requires quick decision-making, which enhances focus and concentration. This mental stimulation benefits young minds, helping them stay sharp and attentive.

Additionally, pickleball is a highly social sport that facilitates making friends and forming social connections, which is crucial for youth development. The interactive, team-based nature of the game encourages camaraderie and teamwork. The physical activity in pickleball releases endorphins, boosting mood and promoting overall mental well-being.

A study of 51 junior pickleball players aged 8-18 found that playing more frequently was associated with greater perceived mental health benefits. Pickleball’s social aspects and inclusivity make it appealing to youth who are not drawn to traditional sports. Even novice players can experience these benefits, highlighting the sport’s universal appeal.

Here are the key mental health benefits of pickleball for youth:

  • Stress Reduction: Decreases stress levels and improves coping abilities.
  • Enhanced Focus and Concentration: Requires quick decision-making, which enhances focus and concentration.
  • Social Connections: Facilitates making friends and forming social connections.
  • Mood Improvement: Releases endorphins, boosting mood and promoting overall mental well-being.

Pickleball offers a supportive and engaging environment that fosters mental health and social development, making it an excellent choice for youth.

Inclusivity and Accessibility

For our money, one of the great things about pickleball is its inclusivity. Not every teen can play hockey, football, basketball, etc., but pickleball is different. Shoes, a paddle, a ball, and a net, and you are ready to go. You don’t have to be a star athlete or even in particularly good shape to enjoy it!

Pickleball is accessible to all skill levels, from beginners to advanced players, and the people who play usually offer a welcoming environment to everyone, including youth, of all backgrounds and abilities. This inclusivity ensures that everyone can enjoy and benefit from the game.

Here are the key aspects of pickleball’s inclusivity and accessibility:

  • All Skill Levels: Pickleball is designed to be easy to learn, allowing beginners to pick it up quickly while also offering enough complexity to challenge advanced players. This makes it ideal for a diverse group of participants (source: Renown Health).
  • Low-Impact Exercise: The sport is low-impact, which means it’s gentle on the joints and suitable for young players who are still growing. This reduces the risk of injury compared to high-impact sports (source: Genesis HealthCare System).
  • Social Interaction: Pickleball’s team-based nature promotes social interaction, helping youth build friendships and develop teamwork skills. This social aspect particularly appeals to those who may not be drawn to traditional sports (source: Pickleball Magazine).
  • Mental Health Benefits: Pickleball’s inclusive nature also contributes to mental well-being. By providing a supportive and engaging environment, the sport helps decrease stress levels, improve focus, and boost overall mood (source: Taylor & Francis Online).

Introducing pickleball as often as possible is recommended to maximize its potential benefits for young people. Even novice players can experience the joy and advantages of the game, highlighting its universal appeal.

Pickleball offers a unique blend of inclusivity and accessibility, making it an excellent choice for youth looking for a fun, engaging, and health-promoting activity.


Pickleball offers a unique blend of inclusivity, accessibility, and numerous physical and mental health benefits, making it an excellent choice for youth. The advantages are vast, from enhancing cardiovascular health and balance to reducing stress and fostering social connections.

Whether your child is a seasoned player or new to the game, pickleball provides a supportive and engaging environment for all.

And what better way to get youngsters to play pickleball than in a youth pickleball tournament?

Youth Summer Slam Pickleball Tournament

The Youth Summer Slam will be a fantastic opportunity for teens (18 and under, four age groups) to test their pickleball skills, play with new friends, and get their competitive juices flowing.

The tournament is on July 18th, 2024, at the South Surrey Pickleball Courts.

Don’t miss out on this fun and memorable experience! To learn more and register, click here.

Join us in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle for our younger generation through the exciting world of pickleball.

And spread the word and help us make this tournament successful for all participants.

Indoor air monitors

Understanding Portable Air Quality Monitors and Their Benefits

What could be more important than the air we all breathe?

If it’s not the most essential element to our survival and health, it has to be near the top. the BC Lung Foundation, the leader in air quality monitoring and improvement, knows this, and is leading the way to make sure we all breathe a little easier.

BC Lung’s recent initiative to provide portable air quality monitors to the residents of 100 Mile House is a testament to the importance of understanding and managing air quality. These devices empower individuals to monitor and improve their environment, contributing to better health outcomes and awareness.

Let’s dive into what air quality monitors are and why they are essential.

What Air Quality Monitors Detect

Air quality monitors are essential tools for maintaining a healthy environment. They detect various pollutants and environmental factors, providing crucial information to help you improve air quality in your home, office, or community.

Here are some key elements that air quality monitors can detect:

  • Particulate Matter (PM1, PM2.5, PM10)
      • Tiny particles that can penetrate the respiratory system, potentially causing health issues such as asthma and heart disease.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
      • Harmful chemicals emitted from household products like paints, cleaners, and furniture that can cause short- and long-term health effects.
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
      • High levels can indicate poor ventilation, leading to headaches, dizziness, and reduced cognitive function.
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO)
      • A dangerous gas produced by burning fossil fuels; high levels can be fatal.
  • Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
      • Produced by combustion processes; can irritate airways and exacerbate respiratory diseases.
  • Ozone (O3)
      • A pollutant that can cause respiratory problems and other health issues, often found in outdoor monitors.
  • Temperature and Humidity
      • Essential for maintaining a comfortable and healthy indoor environment; high humidity can promote mold growth, while low humidity can cause dryness and irritation.

As you can see, air quality monitors are important, especially for people with asthma or other lung issues.

Types of Air Quality Sensors

Air quality sensors are categorized into indoor, outdoor, commercial, personal, and portable. Each serves a different purpose and is suited to specific users.

Indoor Air Quality Monitors

These monitors measure indoor pollutants such as particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5, PM10), VOCs, CO2, CO, NO2, temperature, and humidity. They are essential for homes, offices, and schools to ensure a healthy indoor environment. Popular models include the uHoo, Qingping AM, IKEA Vindstyrka, and Airthings View Plus.

Indoor air monitors

Indoor air quality monitors from Consumer Reports.

Who Should Use Them and Why:

  • Homeowners: To detect and mitigate indoor pollutants.
  • Businesses: To enhance employee health and productivity.
  • Schools: To provide a safe learning environment for students.

Outdoor Air Quality Monitors

These monitors measure particulate matter, nitrogen oxides (NOx), ozone (O3), and sometimes VOCs. Examples include the AirGradient Open Air and some PurpleAir models.

Who Should Use Them and Why:

  • Environmental Agencies: For monitoring pollution levels.
  • Communities: To stay informed about local air quality.
  • Researchers: To study environmental pollution trends.

Commercial Air Quality Monitors

These are high-grade monitors used in industrial and commercial settings. They measure a wide range of pollutants and are highly accurate. There are interior, outdoor, and in-duct commercial air quality monitors.  Examples include the Aeroqual Series 500 and S-Series monitors.

Who Should Use Them and Why:

  • Industries: To ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Large Buildings: To maintain indoor air quality standards.
  • Hospitals: To ensure a sterile environment.

Office air quality monitors.

You can find commercial-grade air quality monitors in office buildings, warehouses, etc. Source

Personal Air Quality Monitors

Compact, wearable devices that provide real-time air quality data. They typically measure particulate matter, VOCs, and sometimes CO2. An example is the Atmotube PRO.

Who Should Use Them and Why:

  • Individuals with Respiratory Conditions: To avoid harmful environments.
  • Athletes: To choose safe routes for exercise.
  • Travellers: To monitor air quality in different locations.

Portable Air Quality Monitors

These compact, battery-powered devices can be carried around to measure air quality in various locations. They typically measure particulate matter, VOCs, temperature, and humidity. The Atmotube PRO is a popular model.

A portable air monitor from BC Lung.

A portable air monitor from BC Lung.

Who Should Use Them and Why:

  • General Public: For flexible air quality monitoring.
  • Parents: To ensure safe environments for children.
  • Community Groups: For localized air quality assessments.

Key Features of BC Lung’s Portable Air Quality Monitors (pictured below)

  • Real-time data logging
  • Interchangeable sensor heads or modules
  • Rechargeable batteries for portability
  • Connectivity options like Wi-Fi or cellular for data transmission.

How BC Lung’s Portable Air Quality Monitoring Devices Save Lives

Along with warmer weather, summer also means wildfire season in British Columbia. For people with COPD, asthma, or other lung issues, the air quality can be the difference between breathing easily or breathing with difficulty. It could be the difference between life and death, as it was for Carter Vigh.

Carter Vigh, a young boy with severe asthma, tragically lost his life during a period of poor air quality exacerbated by wildfires. On the day he died, the air quality reading his family checked was from a station nearly 100 kilometres away, leading to a false sense of security.

In response to this tragedy, Carter’s mom, Amber Vigh, partnered with BC Lung to create Carter’s Project. This initiative aims to provide communities with reliable, real-time air quality monitors to prevent such tragedies in the future.



Initiatives such as Carter's Project have helped saved many lives.

Initiatives from BC Lung, such as Carter’s Project, have helped save many lives.

Monitoring indoor air is crucial for protecting health by detecting pollutants that can cause respiratory issues and allergies. It also enhances productivity and comfort by maintaining optimal conditions and ensuring compliance with air quality standards.

Outdoor air quality monitoring protects public health by providing data on pollutants from traffic, industry, and wildfires. It supports environmental monitoring and research, helping to inform policies and mitigation strategies.

Portable is Key

Most air quality monitors are large, stationary machines. They are set up in one place and there they stay, monitoring the air.

This is why BC Lung’s portable air monitors are so unique and valuable. Instead of finding and physically going to the stationary air quality monitor, a person with asthma can simply look at their portable one, saving valuable time that could be used searching for their inhaler or oxygen tank or getting to a hospital or safe place.

BC Lung’s air quality monitors distributed through Carter’s Project are specially selected for their accuracy, portability, and comprehensive pollutant detection capabilities. These monitors are critical for residents in areas like 100 Mile House, where air quality can fluctuate significantly due to environmental factors such as wildfires.

However, the demand for these monitors far exceeds the current supply. Increasing the distribution of these devices is essential for broader community health benefits.

Case Study: BC Lung’s Initiative in 100 Mile House

BC Lung has significantly impacted 100 Mile House by providing portable air quality monitors. These monitors, distributed through Carter’s Project, help residents understand their local air quality, enabling them to take action to improve it. This initiative demonstrates the practical benefits of portable air quality monitors in protecting public health and raising environmental awareness.

Christopher Lam, left, President and CEO of BC Lung, and his team working hard to bring life-saving initiatives like Carter's Project to life.

Christopher Lam, President and CEO of BC Lung, and his team are working hard to bring life-saving initiatives like Carter’s Project to life.

Residents of 100 Mile House, a community often affected by wildfires, can now monitor air quality in real time. This capability allows them to make informed decisions about their activities and health precautions, especially during wildfire season. By providing these monitors, BC Lung aims to prevent tragedies like Carter Vigh and promote a proactive approach to managing air quality.


Air quality monitors, especially portable ones, protect health and improve environmental quality. By providing real-time data and portability, they empower individuals and communities to make informed decisions about their air quality.

BC Lung does tremendous work to help people with lung and breathing issues live longer, healthier, happier lives. Let’s help make their job a little easier.

The BC Lung First Annual IPOP Classic

As we continue emphasizing the importance of air quality and lung health, we are excited to announce the BC Lung First Annual IPOP Classic pickleball tournament.

IPOP and BC Lung present The BC Lung First Annual IPOP Classic to help raise money for BC Lung.

IPOP and BC Lung present The BC Lung First Annual IPOP Classic to help raise money for BC Lung.

This event not only promotes physical health through sports but also supports BC Lung’s initiatives, including projects like providing air quality monitors to communities around BC. Join us in this effort to improve lung health and air quality while enjoying the benefits of an active lifestyle.

By participating in the tournament, you help support BC Lung’s initiatives like Carter’s Project, Smoke-free Generation, and Asthma Camps, all aimed at enhancing respiratory health and quality of life for everyone.

Click here to register.



Carter's Project

As wildfire season approaches, the air quality becomes a critical concern, especially for those with respiratory conditions like asthma.

Last summer, BC experienced some of the worst air quality in North America and the world due to wildfires. In response, the BC Lung Foundation has launched several impactful initiatives to combat these challenges.

From Carter’s Project to the distribution of portable air quality testers and advocacy for Carter’s Law, BC Lung is making significant strides in protecting public health.

Let’s explore how these efforts, along with our partnership to promote the health benefits of pickleball, are making a difference.

Carter’s Project: A Lifesaving Initiative

Carter's Project

BC Lung and Amber Vigh, Carter’s mother, launched Carter’s Project in honour of young Carter Vigh to address the urgent need for better air quality monitoring in schools, particularly in wildfire-prone areas. This initiative aims to protect vulnerable populations, especially children, from the adverse health effects of poor air quality, ensuring safer learning environments.

Wildfires pose significant health risks, especially during the hotter, drier summers we’ve been experiencing. Poor air quality exacerbates respiratory issues and can lead to severe health consequences. Carter Vigh’s tragic story underscores the importance of being proactive about air quality, especially for children and those with pre-existing lung conditions.

The Impact of Carter’s Project

Carter’s Project had such a profound impact that it led to the creation of Carter’s Law. This law mandates that government officials in British Columbia consider wildfire health risks to vulnerable groups and take appropriate actions to mitigate those risks. This legislative change is a significant step in protecting public health during wildfire season.

The Power of Portable Air Quality Testers

A portable air monitor from BC Lung.

A portable air monitor from BC Lung.

Another crucial aspect of Carter’s Project was the distribution of portable air quality testers. Last summer, BC Lung distributed these devices to 100 families in 100 Mile House, providing them with real-time air quality data.

These portable testers measure pollutants in the air and alert individuals to dangerous conditions, allowing them to take immediate action to protect their health.

These devices are essential, especially during wildfire, when air quality deteriorates rapidly.

Portable air quality testers empower individuals to make informed decisions about their environment, such as when to stay indoors or use air purifiers. Unfortunately, Carter’s life might have been saved with such a device, highlighting their importance and the need for wider distribution.

Wildfires will continue posing a threat as our summers become hotter and drier. With your support, we can provide more families across BC with these life-saving air quality testers, potentially saving many lives.

Learn more about the types of air quality testers and how they save lives here. (Link to be added soon)

Other Ways BC Lung is Improving Our Air and Health

BC Lung Foundation is at the forefront of air quality improvement initiatives, working tirelessly to protect and improve public health. Some of their key projects include:

  • Smoke-Free Generation: Advocating for policies that prevent smoking among youth. By reducing the number of new smokers, this initiative helps improve air quality and overall lung health. Learn more here.
  • Asthma Camps: These camps offer children with asthma the chance to experience safe and fun summer camps. They provide a supportive environment where kids can enjoy activities without compromising their health. Get more info here.
  • Patient Support: Providing lung patients group support, webinars, and exercise programs. These resources help individuals manage their conditions effectively and improve their quality of life.

IPOP and BC Lung: Promoting Health Through Pickleball

We at IPOP are proud to partner with BC Lung to promote the health benefits of pickleball for everyone.

IPOP and BC Lung are partners.

Playing pickleball is not only fun but also offers numerous physical and mental health benefits. It’s a great way to stay active, improve cardiovascular health, enhance flexibility and balance, and build social connections. Our goal is to prove the positive impacts of pickleball through scientific research, changing how people see the sport.

BC Lung and IPOP are partnering with Dr. Pat Camp and UBC to study the health benefits of pickleball.

BC Lung and IPOP are partnering with Dr. Pat Camp and UBC to study the health benefits of pickleball.

This partnership with BC Lung and Dr. Pat Camp from UBC will help us start studies to back these health benefits with real data. We hope to see pickleball recommended as part of a healthy lifestyle by doctors everywhere.

Learn more about our partnership, research, and how we’re promoting pickleball.


The BC Lung Foundation’s initiatives, such as Carter’s Project, portable air quality testers, and Carter’s Law, are vital in safeguarding public health during wildfire seasons. These efforts and programs, like Smoke-Free Generation and Asthma Camps, highlight BC Lung’s dedication to improving air quality and supporting those with respiratory issues.

Partnering with BC Lung, IPOP is also committed to promoting the health benefits of pickleball, aiming to make a positive impact through both physical activity and community support.

We’re also putting our money where our mouth is and hosting a fun-filled pickleball tournament with BC Lung to promote the health benefits of BC Lung and support their initiatives like the ones you just read about.

IPOP and BC Lung present The BC Lung First Annual IPOP Classic to help raise money for BC Lung.

IPOP and BC Lung present The BC Lung First Annual IPOP Classic to help raise money for BC Lung.

Join us at the First Annual BC Lung IPOP Classic on June 22nd to enjoy a day of fun and fitness while supporting these essential health initiatives. There are still spots available, especially for beginners. Don’t miss this chance to be part of something meaningful! Click the link below to register before it’s sold out!

Click Here to Register Now

Together, we can make a difference.


IPOP is pleased and excited to announce a partnership with the BC Lung Foundation!

With the help of president and CEO Chris Lam, IPOP and the BC Lung team is on a mission to let the world know about the benefits of pickleball.

From the inception of the Inclusive Place of Pickleball, one thing stands above all else: our passion is more than just a wiffle ball flying over a net and operating pickleball facilities. We want to be different and “be a part of” the development and promotion of our beautiful game globally.

And to do that, we must change how pickleball is viewed in the mainstream media.

If you haven’t noticed, pickleball has been getting a bad rap in the news this past year from noise complaints, injuries costing insurance companies and even a hunger strike! As avid pickleball lovers and proponents of its health benefits (and positivity!), this trend in the press lately is a little concerning. And something we at IPOP want to change. Now, the news always reports on the negative rather than the positive. However, the more severe problem for pickleball is the misrepresentation of facts — especially when big money is involved from insurance companies and the legal communities (with injuries and lawsuits).

More Positive Scientific Data Is Needed

One main reason we don’t read about the positives is that more data is needed to prove the health impacts that pickleball has. As mentioned, news outlets sensationalize numbers and data — especially negative data. Journalists only have the “bad” numbers right now. While pickleball has been around since 1965, it has only become wildly popular recently. Anyone who plays pickleball can feel the difference it has made in our lives, but there isn’t much research to corroborate this effect.

We think that those of us in the pickleball community should do our part to try to balance the negative media stories with more positive press publications backed by verified scientific research, and that’s what IPOP is on a mission to do. In other words, we need to prove how pickleball makes us all feel with good ole fashion FACTS!

To change the narrative and perception of pickleball more positively in the news, there needs to be more research into pickleball benefits.

With this in mind, IPOP’s quest to verify the health benefits with scientific data begins.

A Passionate CEO

Business partners are necessary, especially when you want to make lasting changes. However, for a company like IPOP, we wanted the proper organization to grow with and also to work with a group of individuals who believe in pickleball as much as we do.

Enter Chris Lam, president and CEO of BC Lung. When we first met at an IPOP tour, it seemed like our two companies, not to mention us personally, were a match made in heaven — certainly better than any dating site I’ve ever been on (just in case my ex reads this, I’m joking!)!

Chris and I immediately hit it off — and not just because of our names. He told me he recently started playing pickleball and loves it so much that he’s already entered several local tournaments! Perfect match, right? Yes, and here’s why…

We have one strict rule at IPOP regarding anyone we directly work with. Whether you’re an investor, a sponsor, a graphic designer, answering phones, sweeping the floor, etc., you must do one thing: Play pickleball!

Chris gets a big green happy checkmark in this box — making IPOP’s decision to partner with BC Lung much easier.

Just a small note here: We were approached and interviewed by several societies and foundations, but most of the decision-makers were barely familiar with pickleball and did not understand the benefits, which is totally logical. After all, we believe one has to play the game, even only once, to experience the healthy mental, physical, and spiritual benefits. So, to meet a passionate, pickled CEO like Chris is remarkable.

Every Journey Starts With Understanding Where You’re Going…

After Chris and I chatted, we met with the rest of the BC Lung team to discuss alignment and our mutual goals. It was an open and honest conversation that ended up in our agreed partnership.

BC Lung understood that IPOP wished to be more than just an organization that raises money for them and publicly proclaims good respiratory health through pickleball (we do this anyway!). They realize that IPOP’s more profound mission is to change the mainstream perception of pickleball through research.

At IPOP, we dream of a day when doctors prescribe pickleball to their patients before or instead of medications (did you know that in the US, doctors prescribe nature hikes already?) and be a part of an overall health plan — including mental health and all of the other preventable diseases — for people everywhere.

All we needed was a partner in the medical field to get started on that dream.

We found that partner in BC Lung!

Small Steps Begin Epic Journeys…

We have already started planning our first fundraiser (June 2024) and have begun discussions with one of Canada’s top pulmonary researchers, UBC’s Dr. Pat Camp. The goal is to have a small study begin later this year. The following statement is from our Memorandum of Understanding with BC Lung, and we at IPOP are very proud to participate in such a lofty and ambitious goal with our new partner.

Our Mutual Goal
This partnership will have many mutual benefits, but having a mutual goal is of the utmost importance. Our mutual goal is to prove that pickleball is the pathway to a new standard of treatment in recovering patients from respiratory illnesses. This has to be accomplished with a triple-phase clinical trial and published in an academic journal by 2027.

Big dreams begin with a single step. A rebirth of health and well-being can often inspire that first step. For our pickleball community to grow and grow up, we need to take these steps, not alone but with partners like BC Lung.

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming fundraiser in June…

Seniors staying young about to play pickleball

Staying young at heart with pickleball!


As I’ve written before, my love of this wacky ( literally) game is explained in my personal quest to get naturally high ( the unnatural way almost killed me so I quit that nonsense !). From a recovering addict’s point of view who is 14 years clean and sober, there is nothing that compares kicking my dopamine and serotonin into high brain altitude as pickleball. Simply put it is an amazing stimulating experience. Pickleball has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its accessibility, social nature, and physical benefits.

Here are some reasons why it’s so appealing:

  1. Easy to learn: Pickleball is relatively easy to learn and can be played by people of all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple, and the court is smaller than a traditional tennis court, making it easier for beginners to get the hang of the game quickly.
  2. Social aspect: Pickleball is often played in doubles, which makes it a great way to socialize and meet new people. It’s a fun activity that people can enjoy together, and many communities have started pickleball groups or clubs that organize regular games.
  3. Low-impact: Pickleball is a low-impact sport, which means it puts less stress on your joints and muscles than other high-impact activities like running or basketball. This makes it an excellent option for people who want to stay active but have physical limitations or injuries.
  4. Physical benefits: Despite being low-impact, pickleball still provides a good workout. It improves cardiovascular health, builds muscle strength, and improves hand-eye coordination.
  5. Competitive yet fun: Pickleball can be played at a leisurely pace or a competitive level, depending on your preferences. It’s a fun game that can be enjoyed with friends and family or played more seriously in organized leagues and tournaments.

Overall, pickleball is an appealing sport because it’s easy to learn, social, low-impact, provides physical benefits, and can be played at any skill level.

shows the group of young people about to play pickleball

Here come the millennials!

But what really sets pickleball apart is the sense of community and fun that comes with it. As I mentioned earlier, pickleball is often played in doubles, which means that players are constantly interacting with each other, encouraging each other, and having a good time together. This creates a welcoming atmosphere that is not always present in other sports.

In addition, pickleball is a sport that can be played by people of all ages and backgrounds. I’ve played with teenagers, retirees, and everyone in between. It’s not uncommon to see parents playing with their children or grandparents playing with their grandkids. This diversity adds to the sense of community and makes pickleball a sport that truly brings people together.

And let’s not forget about the fun factor. Pickleball is a silly, wacky game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The sound of the ball hitting the paddle, the strategic placement of shots, and the occasional mis-hit that leads to laughter all contribute to the game’s overall enjoyment.

So it’s no surprise that pickleball is becoming more and more popular. It offers a unique combination of accessibility, sociability, physical benefits, and fun. And for me, as a recovering addict, it provides a natural high that I can feel good about. If you haven’t tried pickleball yet, I highly recommend giving it a shot. Who knows, you might just fall in love with it like I did, and I believe in this so much that I invited CBC, Canada’s national broadcaster to come on down to see exactly what I’m talking about! I even taught the reporter, Jeremy Ratt, to play, and it turned out to be one of the most extended games that I have ever played with a newbie! Have a listen to the segment here.

Simple, practical, & instant!

The Power of Groups

Are you a pickleball enthusiast looking to connect with fellow players, share your passion, and organize matches? If so, you’re in luck! Pickleball groups are the heart and soul of this vibrant sports community. In this blog, we’ll delve into the world of pickleball groups, their significance, and how you can create an inclusive and thriving community right within your smartphone.

The Glue that Binds Us: Pickleball Groups

Pickleball is more than just a sport; it’s a social phenomenon that brings players together. Almost every pickleball player I know is part of a group, whether it’s through social media platforms like WhatsApp or Meta (formerly known as Facebook), email chains, or emerging pickleball-specific apps. These groups are like tribes, uniting individuals with a shared goal: to play as much pickleball as possible!

Diverse Bonds and Common Goals

Groups form for a variety of reasons.

While most groups are geographically focused, catering to specific courts or skill levels, they also cater to a wide spectrum of players. From skill-level-based groups to LGBTQ+ or other affinity groups, there’s a place for everyone. For instance, “Rainbow Pickleball” is a local group that showcases how pickleball can foster a passionate and fun community among diverse individuals. These groups offer a safe haven for players to connect, learn, and grow.

Strong Foundations for a Flourishing Community

Every great pickleball group begins with a solid foundation. This means having at least two administrators who can manage the group’s activities. Having a team of administrators ensures better decision-making and availability to oversee the group’s functionality. Conflict management is crucial, and administrators play a key role in resolving disagreements diplomatically.

Fostering Connections: Creating Your Own Pickleball Group

Empowering players to come together and form their own pickleball groups is a wonderful initiative. I’ve seen this firsthand in my classes, where students form groups to match their skill levels and embark on their pickleball journeys together. But forming a group is just the beginning; sustaining it requires careful consideration.

Diversity in Pickleball across the nation.

Setting the Stage with Group Introductions

The introduction to your group sets the tone for its culture and purpose. Welcome messages are a great way to communicate the essence of your group. Are you aiming for a light-hearted and chatty atmosphere or a more focused and information-driven space? Covering the who, what, where, and when can be immensely helpful in giving group members the essential information they need. A brief introduction can cover both of these goals: something like this is at the beginning of the group page: ” Welcome to the IPOP pickleball group! We are a group of passionate players, that gather at the _______location to participate in an open play suitable for all skill levels. We play every night from 5 pm to 10 pm”.  Then the next paragraph could suggest the rules for the group. Remember this is just a suggested guideline for all of your peeps!

Laying Down the Ground Rules

Just like any community, pickleball groups need rules to thrive. Depending on the group’s nature, a variety of rules can be established. However, some rules are universally crucial, such as a strict “No Politics” policy. The goal is to maintain a welcoming environment where discussions revolve around pickleball and not divisive topics. Ensuring that only administrators have the power to add or remove members is also essential to avoid overwhelming the group.

Navigating Growth and Challenges

As pickleball groups grow, challenges can arise. New members might inadvertently break rules or clog up the chat with unrelated content. This is a sign of a healthy, expanding community. Having a team of administrators comes in handy during such times. Addressing conflicts and rule violations collectively ensures fair resolutions.

A growing group at a new court

Uniting through Pickleball

Forming and nurturing a pickleball group is an exciting venture within the rich tapestry of the pickleball culture. These groups represent a bridge between skill levels, backgrounds, and experiences, fostering connections that extend beyond the court. By focusing on strong foundations, clear communication, and inclusive guidelines, you can create a pickleball group that thrives as a welcoming, vibrant, and diverse community. So, whether you’re a seasoned player or just starting, remember that the joy of pickleball isn’t just in the game—it’s in the bonds we form along the way.

If you need additional help and suggestions in forming your own group, please feel free to reach out to me anytime here. 


What a truly fantastic weekend it was, fully immersed in the world of Pickleball. I wholeheartedly advocate for extending the celebration beyond just a day; how about National Pickleball Month? The joy this sport brings is worth the extended festivities!

Golden Ears volunteers with Steve Deakin

By starting the day with a deep sense of gratitude for discovering this wonderful game, it’s challenging to put into words just how profound Pickleball is to me. It’s not just a sport; it’s a spiritual experience, enriching my life in countless ways, often leaving me speechless.

When describing Pickleball, I often say the game itself is the glue that binds like-minded individuals together, emphasizing the components of Friendship, Fitness, and, most importantly, Fun!

Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to share the beauty of Pickleball through an interview with our national broadcaster, CBC, on a local show, North by North-West. We gathered at Keswick Park during Beginner’s Night, where I, along with other passionate Pickleball enthusiasts, taught Jeremy how to play, during the middle of the interview.  My goal was to present Pickleball from a different perspective, one of diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism. It’s a shining example of Canadian multiculturalism, so much so that I’d suggest using pictures of Pickleball courts from across our great nation in Canadian government immigration brochures and textbooks. It fills me with pride to be Canadian.

Hanging with the President of the BPA, Karen Watson

How can I repay the gift of Pickleball in my life? The answer lies in paying it forward and giving back in as many ways as I can. This commitment led me to Squint Lake Pickleball Courts, where my local association, the Burnaby Pickleball Association hosts beginner’s morning pickleball. This event is an opportunity for new players who have already been through our Learn to Play program to connect and experience the game at their level. It’s a lot of fun and especially fulfilling because I was part of the teaching team for the L2P program, and now I get to watch these players grow into the game.

I even had the privilege of playing with them, squeezing in a few games before heading off to another local community hosting their annual Pickleball tournament, the Golden Ears Summer Classic. A highlight of the event was witnessing Canada’s highest-ranked pro player, Steve Deakin, accept the Lifetime Member award for his dedicated service to this club. It was a great day, full of Pickleball passion.

Steve is awarded a lifetime membership

Sunday followed a similar pattern for me—skills and drills in the morning with a small group of eager beavers. This time allows me to work on the technical aspects of the game and focus on improving specific aspects, like my drive or dink shots. I recall a Pickleball podcast featuring a pro who mentioned the importance of incorporating “practice” time, skills, and drills into his schedule to break through plateaus. I see this in my own game, especially as I spend a significant amount of time playing with beginners, which makes scheduling practice time a crucial part of my game.

Waiting to play on Burnaby’s newest courts on National Pickleball Day! amount of time playing with beginners, which makes scheduling practice time a crucial part of my game.

Sunday morning practice sets the right headspace before I head to the third municipality in my story, New Westminster, where I teach a beginner’s basics class. It’s the ideal way to spend my Sunday afternoon, sharing the foundations of the game with eager learners. This experience is something I wish I had when I started, and it’s why I pursued the Level One Coaching certificate with Pickleball Canada.

As you can see, my National Pickleball Day stretched into a weekend, and for this, I’m truly grateful. The joy and connections Pickleball brings into my life are immeasurable, making this extended celebration all the more meaningful.


Beginner’s group at Squint Lake

Here come the teenagers!


Introducing the new Pickleball Federation of the Americas


Pickleball is a fast-growing sport that is gaining popularity all over the world. It’s a sport that is enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels, and it’s easy to see why. My local court, Keswick Park is a multitude mixing pot of people from all over the Americas, especially Central and South America. Most beginners are amazed at how much fun the sport is, but acknowledge that it is barely heard of outside of North America.

The Keswick Park, a local court bustling with players from diverse corners of the Americas, especially Central and South America, exemplifies how pickleball acts as a bridge that transcends borders. However, despite its rapid growth and fervent following in North America, pickleball remains a mystery to many beyond these shores.

To bridge this gap and amplify the sport’s reach, the United States, Canada, and Mexico have joined forces to establish the Pickleball Federation of the Americas (PFA). This groundbreaking organization assumes the mantle of being the premier governing body for pickleball in the region, with a mission to cultivate and champion the sport’s expansion across the Americas.

Central to the PFA’s vision is the propagation of pickleball in countries where its presence is yet to be felt. The PFA’s outreach extends to the vibrant landscapes of South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and North America. Collaborating with national pickleball organizations, the PFA is set to plant the seeds of programs, events, and training opportunities, nurturing a newfound enthusiasm for this thrilling sport.

Moreover, the PFA is dedicated to nurturing pickleball players of all calibers, from novices taking their first swing to seasoned professionals exhibiting prowess on the court. This commitment translates into coaching and training initiatives, curated tournaments and events, and the establishment of universal standards for equipment and facilities. The PFA’s ethos revolves around fostering sportsmanship and fair play, ensuring that pickleball is played with integrity and respect, traits that mirror the values of unity and camaraderie shared by the Americas.

The PFA’s Unifying Impact

The 3 amigos=pickleball style!

The Pickleball Federation of the Americas has far-reaching implications that extend beyond the court lines. Its establishment sets in motion a series of transformative outcomes:

1. International Sporting Recognition: The PFA’s inception acts as a pivotal stepping stone toward pickleball’s inclusion in prestigious sporting events such as the Olympics and Pan American Games, solidifying its status as a globally revered sport.

2. Exchange of Knowledge and Resources: A unified front allows for the exchange of valuable resources, best practices, and tournament opportunities among nations. This collaborative approach elevates the standard of the sport across the region.

3. Strengthened Alliances: The PFA serves to formalize and enhance the already strong relationship between Pickleball Canada and th

e USA Pickleball, laying a solid foundation for cross-border cooperation.

The Inaugural Americas Championship, slated to be held in Los Cabos, Mexico, from November 26 to December 2, 2023, stands as a testament to the PFA’s rapid growth. This tournament, the first sanctioned event under the PFA banner, is expected to draw around 350 players. The participation of countries like Peru, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Panama, and the Caribbean region underscores the PFA’s swift integration and influence.

A Catalyst for Unity

Beyond the exhilarating rallies and the thrill of competition, pickleball has emerged as an instrument of unity. As individuals from diverse cultures converge on the court, they share laughter, build connections, and form a close-knit community that transcends linguistic and geographical boundaries. The Pickleball Federation of the Americas embodies this spirit of unity, reflecting how a common passion can break down barriers and foster lasting bonds.

In a world often divided by differences, the PFA’s model of collaboration is a lesson that transcends the realms of sports. It prompts us to contemplate the potential of shared endeavors to create harmony and cooperation, not only on the court but also in the corridors of diplomacy.

So, as the PFA propels pickleball onto a grander stage, let us take inspiration from this dynamic initiative. Let us envision a world where the camaraderie forged over a pickleball net becomes a guiding principle for global interactions, reminding us that while we may hail from different corners of the world, we are all part of one human family.

health care professional is tending to a pickleball injury

So,  my family of pickleheads, it’s time to “pickle your peepers” and gear up with protective eyewear! Let’s face it, we all want to play pickleball fearlessly, and nothing should hold us back from getting in front of those court smashers, returning with a soft dink, and winning those games.

Pickleball is a popular sport that has been gaining traction among players of all ages. As the game’s popularity soars, so does the awareness of the risks associated with playing without proper eye protection. I wrote this blog to explore the compelling reasons why protective goggles or eyewear should be mandatory in pickleball, and why players should prioritize the safety and health of their eyes while enjoying the game they love.

Now, some might argue that wearing goggles or glasses on the court may impede their vision and cramp their style. But trust me, it’s a small price to pay for protecting those precious peepers, this from a guy who has already had two sports-related retina detachments, and who discovered pickleball when my last operation sidelined my soccer playing days forever. When I was first introduced to the game, I was shocked at how many pickleball players don’t wear protection.  Especially, when I experienced my lack of direction ( and the lack of many other newbies) on the courts. After all, pickleball is not just about winning a game; it’s about having fun, bonding with friends, and keeping those eyes healthy and happy for all the games yet to come.

The Perils of Playing Unprotected

Pickleball is a game that involves a hard plastic ball and swift paddle movements. The speed of the ball can be alarming, especially when it comes into contact with vulnerable soft tissue such as the eyes. Eye injuries can range from mild discomfort to severe retina detachment, which may require extensive surgery and prolonged recovery times. The risks are even more concerning for the average pickleball player, who tends to fall within the age range of 60-76, where eye injuries are less likely to heal quickly. According to the National Library of Medicine, “Proper eye protection should be strongly considered while playing pickleball, especially in the elderly population or in individuals who are at higher risk for retinal detachment.”

According to Pickleball Magazine, a pickleball can travel at one-third the velocity of a tennis ball or about 40 miles per hour. The magazine noted that when the players are positioned at the “no-volley line,” it can take 350 to 400 milliseconds – less than half a second – for the ball to travel from one paddle to the other. This does not leave players any time to avoid being hit in the eye with a ball. In addition to injuries from being hit by a ball, serious damage can occur from being hit in the eye with a paddle.

Numerous incidents of eye injuries have been reported in the pickleball community. One instance involved Allison Miller from Delta pickleball association in BC,  who had her retina detached and required surgery after being hit by a whiffle ball during a game. Such stories underscore the urgency of implementing strict safety rules and mandatory eyewear usage. Recreational players are not the only ones that have had major injuries. This holds true even in the professional realm, as demonstrated by Jessie Irvine, a pro player who suffered a blow to the eye area during a recent tournament. Despite attempting to recuperate for several minutes, Irvine ultimately had to withdraw from the tournament bracket on that day and was unable to participate forcing her to completely exit the competition. These stories remind us that accidents can happen to anyone, but we can take preventive measures.

Allision Miller retina detachment

Retinal surgery is 100% avoidable with specs. just ask Allison Miller!

Why Players Are Reluctant to Wear Protective Eyewear?

While the need for eye protection is undeniable, some players are still hesitant to don goggles or eyewear. The most common concern is how it might impact their performance on the court. Players fear that the added gear may obstruct their vision or feel uncomfortable during intense, sweat-induced matches. Addressing these concerns and dispelling myths can help players realize that the benefits of wearing protective eyewear far outweigh any perceived drawbacks.

The Advantages of Embracing Eye Protection

  1. Fearlessness on the Court: Knowing that their eyes are safe allows players to focus solely on their game, leading to improved performance and confidence.
  2. Eye Strain Reduction: Protective eyewear shields the eyes from harmful UV rays and prevents squinting, leading to reduced eye strain from sun exposure.
  3. Windborne Debris Protection: Eyewear shields the eyes from debris that might be carried by the wind during outdoor games, preserving clear vision.
  4. Enhanced Depth Perception and Contrast: Proper eyewear designed for pickleball enhances depth perception and contrast, enabling players to track the ball with precision.
  5. Prevention of Eye Injuries: Protective eyewear significantly reduces the risk of severe eye injuries, including retina detachment or cornea scraping from stray balls.
  6. Reduced Risk of Paddle-Related Injuries: Protective eyewear also guards against accidental hits to the face from paddles, preventing potential injuries ( I saw this happen recently when a paddle flew out of the beginner’s hand and hit her partner in the back).

Selecting the Right Eyewear for a Perfect Fit (or as close to perfect!)

When choosing protective eyewear for pickleball, several key factors should be considered. These include impact resistance, anti-fogging, anti-glare, and UV resistance. Additionally, players with prescription needs should look for options that allow for prescription lenses. A snug and comfortable fit is essential to ensure a hassle-free experience during play. Try to get as close to a perfect fit as possible. This is very important because you don’t want to buy something that will give you a hard time while playing the game. The glasses shouldn’t be too loose or too tight. They should be as close to the perfect fit as possible.  Now I buy inexpensive but really efficient eye protection to protect my eyes, although they don’t really offer me a better vision on the court, I feel safe getting in front of those balls from smashers. I use simple construction safety glasses that offer me clear UV lenses, fit well, are super durable, and best of all cheap enough that I always have extra pairs for my friends or newcomers that show up to play with me. However,  if buying Pickleball gear from Home Depot doesn’t float your boat then here are some brands to consider when buying eyewear. For players seeking quality eyewear that are more than adequate for pickleball, several renowned brands offer an array of options.

These include:

inexpensive eye wear for pickleball players

Effective and inexpensive!

  1. NoCry Safety Glasses: Clear Anti-Fog Scratch Resistant Wrap-Around
  2. ONIX Pickleball Owl Eyewear: Modern and Lightweight Design
  3. Unique Tourna Specs: Blue Tint Sports Glasses for Tennis and Pickleball
  4. Gearbox Vision Eyewear
  5. ONIX Pickleball Falcon Eyewear: Modern and Lightweight Design
  6. Python Full Framed Racquetball Eye Protection
  7. Bollé Safety 40305 Tryon Safety Glasses: Platinum®, Black/Blue Frame, CSP
  8. Gearbox Vision Racquetball, Pickleball, Squash Eyewear
  9. Python Full Framed Racquetball Eye Protection: Clear Lens/White Frame
  10. Pyramix Highlander wrap around

PS I haven’t tried all of these products but I did take the time to see what other players are wearing and get feedback. These were the brands I chose from my local groups, considering the price, availability, and quality of my selections. My goal is to inform and get eyewear onto as many players as possible!

In my humble opinion, eye protection is a paramount concern for pickleball players. The risks associated with playing unprotected are too great to be ignored. I strongly believe that mandating the use of protective goggles or eyewear is a necessary step to safeguard the eyes of pickleball enthusiasts, especially older players, who may be more vulnerable to eye injuries. Players must prioritize their eye health and well-being, understanding that wearing protective eyewear not only prevents injuries but also enhances their performance on the court. With the variety of eyewear options available, players can find a perfect fit that combines safety, comfort, and vision enhancement. So, let’s all come together as a community, embrace the importance of eye protection, and make it a firm rule in our games. Let’s pickle our peepers and savor the joy of pickleball without the fear of eye injuries looming over us. We owe it to ourselves, our friends, and the pickleball community to take this step toward safe and inclusive play.

My fellow pickleheads, I really believe it’s time to smash the notion that protective eyewear is just an optional accessory! It’s a game-changer, a sight-saver, and a must-have on the pickleball court. So next time you step on the court, remember to “serve, smash, and shield your eyes” – because in pickleball, protecting your vision is a NO brainer! Let’s keep the game fun, fierce, and injury-free. See you on the court, with goggles on and spirits high!

Yours in Pickleball, Chris

Pickleball eye protection

Vented to reduce the fog of pickleball fun!

Pickleball, a sport that has captured the hearts of many, is not just about hitting a ball with a paddle. It’s a community, a shared passion that brings people together. As a pickleball instructor, I recently received a heartwarming message from one of my students that reminded me of the true power of this game. In this blog post, I want to share the story of how pickleball’s inclusivity and enthusiasm can transcend boundaries and bring people from all walks of life together.

Warming my pickleball heart.

A Message of Gratitude
I was overwhelmed with gratitude when I received a message from one of my students expressing her heartfelt appreciation. It was not just about the fact that I had helped her improve her game; it was the deeper impact that pickleball had made on her life. She thanked me for introducing her to the world of pickleball, a small “change” that had helped her game and brought immense joy and fulfillment.

The Power of Invitation
What truly touched me was her enthusiasm to share this newfound passion with her loved ones. She mentioned inviting her husband, her friend’s husband, her sons, and her neighbors to join her in playing pickleball. It was a beautiful testament to the power of invitation and the inclusive nature of the sport. So keep on inviting newcomers to play with you, remember pickleball peeps that play together Stay Together in health and wellness!
Help and nurture our new players that you see on the court, and give back to them with a little time, there is nothing more selfish than when a player who has received so much from the sport avoids spending time with the newcomers. Give back and you’ll be happier knowing that you’ve “gotten” the true SPIRIT of pickleball.

Building a Community
Pickleball is more than just a game. It can foster a sense of community and connection. By inviting her family members, friends, and neighbors to experience the game, my student was creating a network of individuals who could share the joy and excitement that pickleball brings. One family now has 4 generations coming to play pickleball regularly, and this is so healthy for players that attend, let alone the benefit we all get from participating in a big pickleball family, simple there is no other sport that offers generational inclusivity like pickleball! In fact according to Vaughn Baker, “Several years ago, PBS came down from Philadelphia and produced a special on this new game pickleball. The producer asked me to round up the players with qualified health benefits from Pickleball. I lined them up in single file for 40 feet and PBS selected them at random. Here were some of their comments: “Saved my life,” “Lost 80 pounds,” “Off all meds,” “Doctor can’t believe it.” That, my friends, is what pickleball brings to your community. It doesn’t matter if you are good or bad because pickles come in all sizes and shapes — laughing all the way! ”  It is this aspect that I truly love.

Breaking Barriers

Diversity in Pickleball across the nation.

Pickleball knows no boundaries. As a Canadian, I grew up with the concept of a multicultural society and at times, I have struggled to see the concept in practice.  The belief that a truly multi-cultural society exists…until I began playing at Keswick that is! On any given day, Keswick is filled with many different languages, laughter, and even encouraging banter. I can now call out in Hindi, numbers in Farsi, and say good shot in Mandarin! What other sport would teach me that? Only pickleball!

It is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, genders, and abilities. By inviting her husband and sons, my student was breaking down the stereotype that pickleball is only for a specific demographic. The inclusivity of the sport encourages everyone to participate, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie.


Spreading the Love

Pickleball’s Spectrum of Diversity

As pickleball enthusiasts, we have the opportunity to introduce this wonderful sport to those around us. By sharing our experiences and inviting others to join, we can create a ripple effect that expands the pickleball community. I have learned more about different cultures, my community, and myself than at any other time in my life. The more people we introduce to the game, the more we not only contribute to the growth and inclusivity of the sport but to our neighborhoods and nation too!

The Privilege of Sharing
The story of my student’s enthusiasm and her efforts to invite her loved ones into the world of pickleball is a testament to the power of this incredible sport. It brings people together, breaks down barriers, and creates a sense of belonging. As pickleball enthusiasts, we have the privilege of sharing this experience with others and expanding the community. Let us embrace the inclusive spirit of pickleball and continue to spread the love for this game that has the potential to change lives. So share the passion peeps!

Yours in Pickleball!