The USAPA recently visited the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs, California during the Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships in Indian Wells, California. The USAPA was able to introduce the game of pickleball to students, ages 8 to 14. USAPA staff and volunteers led the kids through skills and activities and within an hour, the students were able to rally using the “rally right away” progression that is included in the new Let’s Play Youth Pickleball Playbook.
The response from the Boys and Girls Club was overwhelming. Given their enthusiasm and excitement, the USAPA left behind three nets that fit perfectly in their gym as well as enough paddles and pickleballs to start a program. Each student that participated in the event was also given a personal pickleball paddle, pickleball and a drawstring backpack filled with fun prizes.
The kids and staff were very appreciative and thankful to the USAPA for the visit and for also introducing the sport to their club. Kids were excitedly asking their counselors when the next opportunity to play pickleball would be while the Boys and Girls staff was also eager to start including pickleball as part of their regular after-school programming.
The USAPA would like to thank Pickleball Central for their generous donation of the paddles and pickleballs given to the club and also to each participant. Also, we would like to thank HEAD Racquet Sports for donating nets, teaching aids and drawstring bags. We appreciate Pickleball Central and HEAD Racquet Sports support of community programs.