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Cleveland’s Paddle Rattle Tournament
Cleveland’s Paddle Rattle Tournament
Benefiting Family Cornerstones
May 10-11 College Hill Recreation Center
264 Berry Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37312
Early Bird- March 4th-30th
$30 (includes participation in one event, t-shirt, swag bag, access to the hospitality room including snacks and water and optional meet and greet event on Friday evening)
Late Registration- April 1st–30th
$35 (does not include free t-shirt (shirts will be available for purchase), 100 Swag Bags will be available and distributed based on earliest registrations)
Registration for 2nd event- additional $5
Cancelation & Registration Deadline- April 30th
Must be 21 by April 30th to register
Events and Divisions
Friday- Mixed Doubles, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday- Men’s and Women’s Doubles, starting at 9:00 a.m.
Events will be played in a Round Robin format
Age Brackets*- 49 and under, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
*Brackets subject to change based on registration numbers
Please visit www.familycornerstones.org or www.pickelballtournaments.org to register
Proceeds from this tournament will benefit Family Cornerstones. Family Cornerstones has been working to strengthen the Bradley County community for twenty years. Their purpose is to eliminate poverty for the next generation by providing parents, youth and children with the knowledge, skills and resource connections they need to thrive as strong families. Family Cornerstones serves approximately 350 parents and children a year through 4 programs.
Questions? Contact Shneka Jones- 423-479-6370 or email@example.com
By Colby Denton
Cleveland Daily Banner
Pickleball, with its growing popularity, is making a big splash this summer during a two-day tournament and fundraiser called the Cleveland Paddle Rattle, with all proceeds going to benefit Family Cornerstones.
Taking place May 10 and 11 at the College Hill Recreation Center, the event will feature mixed doubles starting at 6:30 p.m. on the 10th, with men’s and women’s doubles at 9 a.m. on the 11th.
The event was Family Cornerstones director of development Kathy Davini’s idea. She was trying to think outside the box, and felt pickleball was the perfect choice since the city has been investing in numerous courts for the growing sport, and because of its popularity with senior citizens.
Family Cornerstones executive director Chrissy Pugh said she’s hoping the event will become an annual occurrence, bringing in curious attendees and pickleball fans from across the country to explore both Cleveland and its downtown area, thus benefitting the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce as well.
Pickleball is played on a court the size of a badminton court, meaning smaller than an average tennis court. Players use paddles similar to ping-pong equipment to hit a ball across the low net, which is set up like a tennis court.
Pugh said the reason the sport is so popular with the elderly is because of its mental demands rather than physical. Since a pickleball court is smaller than a tennis court, it requires far less running.
Players can either choose singles or doubles in ordinary play, but the Cleveland Paddle Rattle is exclusively devoted to doubles.
At the moment, there are approximately 100 members on the Cleveland Pickleball mailing list. The Cleveland Family YMCA has several pickleball courts, and the College Hill Recreation Center has some as well.
According to Davini, the city is also planning to invest in some outdoor pickleball courts.
Chattanooga has a fairly well-established pickleball following, but for the Cleveland Paddle Rattle, residents are coming from Cleveland, Chattanooga, Tellico, Athens, Crossville and all over Southeast Tennessee.
Family Cornerstones has heavily marketed the event and Stack Southern Bistro is featuring a “Pickleball Burger” for its Friday night kick off meet-and-greet.
Stacy Allison is over the Cleveland Pickleball mailing list, and has been pushing the Paddle Rattle through word of mouth. Shenka Jones, director of the College Hill center is doing the same. Chuck Condo, a pickleball player on the event’s planning team has helped with marketing efforts.
“College Hill has been great to work with. Since they already have funding, we here at Family Cornerstones have been able to get 100 percent of all registration fees. It’s been a great fundraiser for us, and Kathy Davini has reached out to numerous places to get items for our silent auction,” Pugh said.
The silent auction begins on Family Cornerstones’ website on May 6, this way people who aren’t playing in the tournament or who can’t make it to the tournament will still be able to bid on items. The auction will last all week then carry over into the tournament, where all items will be on display, thus serving as the attendants’ last chance to bid before a winner is named.
Some of the auction items include $50 Red Ribbon gift cards, two Dollywood tickets, four golf passes at the Cleveland Country Club, a free night at the Drury Inn, four passes to World of Coke in Atlanta and several other varying items.
There are over 70 players registered, with at least half from Cleveland. Pugh said the Cleveland pickleball players have been incredibly supportive, as have our mayors.
Early registered players will get a goody bag filled with a T-shirt, coupons and items from downtown businesses, which Pugh says will entice those in-town and from out of town to visit our downtown area.
The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce is the Paddle Rattle’s sponsor for this year.
“Pickleball is a very interesting and fun sport to watch. If you’ve never seen the game played, there is no charge for admission, so this is a great opportunity to watch the game and learn about it,” Pugh said.
Entry fees for players are $35. If they want to do both mixed doubles and men’s/women’s doubles, the cost is $40. A meet-and-greet will be hosted at 4:30 p.m. at Stack Southern Bistro on Friday, May 10, before the first matches.
Family Cornerstones’ purpose is to eliminate poverty for the next generation of children. It provides programming for families with children from prenatal up through high school; this programming equips families with education, resource connections and strengthens parent/child relationships.
“We really are trying to take a proactive approach to creating positive change for families more likely to suffer poverty,” Pugh added. “So please come out and show your support on the pickleball court.”
Players can register on www.familycornerstones.org or by going to www.pickleballtournaments.com and click on the Cleveland Paddle Rattle. For those without access to computers, call Pugh to register at 423-284-7599. The College Hill Recreation Center is located at 264 Berry St. N.E.