The Coweta Community Foundation has announced the establishment of the Friends of Coweta Pickleball Fund with the Foundation.
“Pickleball is an inexpensive sport compared to almost any other sport, but currently we have limited courts and limited times when the courts can be used since basketball and volleyball take precedence,” said local pickleball enthusiast Billy Perkins. He said that the recreation department’s Carl McKnight and his staff have been great in trying to accommodate everyone, but they can only do so much with their limited court resources here in the county.
Another reason for the new fund, Perkins said, is that “we are hoping to get indoor facilities at the new Madras Senior Center for pickleball, and if so, we will be ready to help buy nets, paddles and balls.”
A paddle sport, pickleball is an inclusive game that everyone can participate in no matter what age or skill level they are. A mix of ping-pong, badminton and tennis, the game can be played for fun or competitively.
The Friends of Coweta Pickleball will also have a charitable component to it by assisting organizations that support our community and its citizens.
“Last year,” Perkins said, “we raised money through the Coweta Pickleball Club by hosting our first annual Christmas Jingle. This was a fun event where everyone dressed in holiday attire and played pickleball. Refreshments were served, and awards were given for best dressed. We gave all of the funds to Angel's House. We have also recently raised money through a 10-week drills clinic. We had 12 participants learning and practicing various shots and strategy. Our plans are to use this money to help pay for equipment or to use for seed money for new dedicated courts here in the county.”
Perkins said pickleball is the country’s fastest-growing sport, and according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, pickleball now has nearly 2.5 million players.
“The Community Foundation is always pleased to support efforts that help Coweta County citizens and their families enjoy an active lifestyle,” said Will Conoly, chair of the Foundation. “The new Pickleball Fund will provide yet another way for local residents to enjoy themselves and add to the quality of life here in Coweta.”
To donate, visit cowetafoundation.org, click on the “Give” tab and select “Make a gift” before selecting the “Friends of Coweta Pickleball” fund.
The Coweta Community Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)3 organization that helps focus local philanthropy on the community's changing needs. The Foundation manages individual gifts and bequests as an endowed pool of assets, distributing grants to a wide variety of organizations that enhance and support the quality of life in Coweta County, while maintaining the charitable intent of the donors. For more information, call the Foundation at 770-253-1833.