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 some of the new location’s start-up 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 5673 paddles into our pickleball communities. Through the 1st quarter of 2020, Pickle-Ball, Inc. donated 208 paddles and 20 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 2020 GRANTS
The map link below shows the locations of the grants awarded in 2020. The information is updated quarterly.
Please click here to view the grant award locations map for the 1st quarter of 2020.
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: Ernie Medina, Grand Terrace, CA
This is the FIRST pickleball presence in the city of Grand Terrace so it fills a gap in our pickleball presence. During our grand opening of these courts, the mayor Darcy McNaboe came out to check it out and enjoyed it! Our church wants to continue to grow the sport among the community of Grand Terrace and other surrounding communities, so we have big plans for the future of pickleball, thanks to this USAPA grant!
It’s been great seed money to get us started! We used it to get more nets, and that’s been huge. Also, it’s been great to let our church know that we rec’d this, so that it showed the support from the USAPA towards our fledgling group and thus, the church and pastors took this initiative more seriously.
We’re very thankful for this program and have recommended it to other non-profit organizations!
USAPA member: Randy Hoffman, State College, PA
Since our initial program kick off we have been able to grow our program where we have the availability to operate 4 courts if needed. We have expanded from 2 community rec sessions a week to 7 and hope to expand to a reservation option for non-community hours in the near future. The program is open to all and no membership is required. We have about 35 regular attendees and have had the occasional out of towner stop in thanks to our listing in Places2Play on the USAPA web site. Many players have commented on the sense of community that has developed as the programs has grown. We also operate a weekly beginner/novice session where the game is introduced to people that have never played and novices practice the drill of the week and then the entire group plays a series of round robin games. Considering that when I first proposed the pickleball concept to our administration and the response was “pickle what?” we have made great strides forward and none of that would have happened if it would not have been for the grant that allowed us to get those first 2 net systems. Because of the grant, generous donations by players and a very modest pay to play drop in fee, the entire program has not cost C3 Sports or the church a single dime.
I have to thank my local ambassador, Curtis Knepper, for directing me to the USAPA web page and ultimately the grant program. I most likely would have never had discovered this opportunity without his guidance.
USAPA member: Diane Smith, Yucaipa, CA
Initially, the biggest problem was that no one had heard about Pickleball. The City Council did not know what it was and it was not included in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Our little group of 4 had to attend City Council meetings and Parks and Recreation Committee meetings to educate them. We even played a mini-game inside the Council Chambers during their regular Council meeting. Lots of phone calls and emails eventually garnered the opportunity to play at the Community Center. We couldn’t have grown if we had been limited to the one net the city provided. Thanks to the grant, we were able to start to grow. I don’t think we could have done anything differently. We experienced phenomenal growth for 1 year’s time. We worked hard and I think we did it right!
For us, the grant was a blessing. We needed more equipment and the city couldn’t provide it because their budget had already been established and Pickleball wasn’t in it. The initial group of 4 couldn’t afford to purchase more equipment. Now that we’ve grown, several members have purchased nets for use at the outside courts. But, we needed help to get started. That help came in the form of the USAPA grant and the rest is history!
USAPA member: Jimmi Symonds, East Palatka, FL
Approximately 100 plus students at Crescent City High School have been taught to play pickleball. The instructor was also taught to play. She and some of her students, continue to play recreationally.
The equipment is rotated to other city schools, within our school district. Together with another grant received, a sizeable donation from Pickleball for All, and equipment purchased through a national 21st CenturyAfterschool Grant, we have introduced over 700 students, 27 teachers and para professionals (through two teacher clinics), and have provided 3 community trainings for adults and students, one condo complex clinic, and three church clinics for students and adults. PE teachers have been trained and can now offer pickleball at 4 high schools, 4 middle schools and 7 elementary schools. Equipment use is scheduled and rotated from school to school for instructional units. The sport continues to grow as we receive community support and students teach their parents, grandparents, other family and friends. This is evidenced by calls for play site locations and check out of equipment.
USAPA’s Grant Program gave the community of Putnam County a giant jump start in equipment and motivation to bring the sport of pickleball to our students and schools.
Thank you so very much for helping us get started!
USAPA member: Duane St. Clair, Columbia, MD
Howard County School System has received 7 nets, 25 paddles and 30 balls that were partially paid for with the grant funds. They plan on teaching students at all age levels how to play pickleball in physical education classes.
Getting young people to learn and enjoy pickleball is one of the main goals of our Pickleball Association. Supplying the equipment to the schools was essential because the schools don’t have funds for this equipment.
Our members contributed money to partner with the grant money to buy enough equipment to supply all the schools interested in pickleball.
USAPA member: Sarena Peace, Stephens, Arkansas
“This grant has been a wonderful boost for our facility. Our membership has doubled and more people from our area are able to play. We’ve been able to introduce some youngsters and even some church youth groups to this amazing sport. We now have enough nets on our courts to accommodate all the increase. Thank you so much for helping us to grow this sport in southwest Arkansas.“
USAPA member: Is (Dawn) Kari-Ladd from Weatherford, Texas
“First of all, community is very engaged in learning the sport. Even my tennis friends! I’d say half of my members are tennis players. Last Tuesday it rained here so I saw more come into the church for some recreational and physical activity. Everyone seems to get along so well. It’s very enjoyable being here. It’s spreading and the amount of Players I have on my list here in Weatherford has reached 34. In nearby cities I have 20-30 more, if they choose to drive the half hour to play with us. Everybody is very appreciative and grateful I am here. They say almost very time they’re glad they do not need to drive over to FT. Worth to play! “Thanks for starting this IS!” Everyone has great ideas how to run it and help with set up and taking nets down. On Wednesday this week I got approached about starting an indoor pool with tennis courts and Pickleball recreational site here in Weatherford! NOW THAT’s EXCITEMENT!”
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.”