USAPA GRANT PROGRAMS
The USAPA grant committee is proud to share the ongoing results of grant programs and highlight the contributions of our grant corporate sponsors. The grant programs continue to facilitate the advancement and growth of pickleball in our local communities. The grant reimbursement program allows communities and high schools to invest in the sport of pickleball. USAPA members, through membership activities and events, pick up the cost of the new location’s first net and startup equipment.
GRANT CORPORATE SPONSORS
|Pickle-Ball, Inc. has sponsored the USAPA grant programs since 2010. Pickle-ball, Inc. provides the grant recipients an option to receive wood paddles and balls at no cost. From the inception of the community grant program in 2008, Pickle-ball, Inc. has donated over 3873 paddles into our pickleball communities. In 2018, the grant committee estimates that Pickle-Ball, Inc. will donate over 600 paddles and 75 balls through the USAPA grant programs.|
|Please contact the USAPA grant committee if you wish to become a USAPA grant equipment sponsor.|
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION for 2018 GRANTS
The map link below shows the locations of the grants awarded in 2018. The information is updated quarterly.
Please click here to view the grant award locations map for 2018.
Note: Please use Places 2 Play to locate playing locations because some of these grant locations are schools, and players may be restricted to students and staff.
GRANT SURVEY COMMENTS
The following are selective comments and pictures from members who were awarded a USAPA grant.
USAPA member: Vicki Bruce from Brenham, Texas
“The USAPA community grant made a huge difference in promoting pickleball in Brenham. We started out with 8 players (ages 50+) playing at our local high school tennis court. When tennis season rolled around we no longer had access to the outdoor courts and found an old elementary school gym that was not being utilized. The only problem was there were no nets. The grant helped us purchase a net to get started and as our group grew in numbers we were able to pitch in and purchase additional nets and balls. Our numbers have grown from the original 8 players to our current 38 players. The majority of those who have come out to our introduction to pickleball clinics have become members of our club and continue to bring new people. Everyone seems to enjoy the fun and fellowship as much as the exercise pickleball provides. We have become more like a family and have social gatherings in connection with our play times as well as outside of playtimes. Attached are some pictures of several free clinics we have offered as well as a round robin tournament and a Christmas party. We have a once a month “Dink and Dogs” nite where we play dink games and grill hotdogs. It is one of the members favorite nights.”
USAPA member: Donna M. Keim from Corvallis, Oregon
“We now have pickleball at a location that had never even played it before! We hope to begin hosting pickleball tournaments for staff and students in the entire Corvallis School District as fundraisers for College Hill. The pickleball tournament this last 2 weeks introduced at least 22 new people that had never played before and made the ones that do play VERY EXCITED we have the equipment now.”