Love for Pickleball Blossoms in Baldwin County

Pickleball has exploded around the country, so it’s no surprise that the Coastal Alabama Valentine Charity Classic has doubled in size. The second annual event will be held at the Foley Event Center February, 12 – 14.

Pickleball, a game that’s sort of a hybrid between tennis and ping pong, has swept the nation and become incredibly popular with all ages, seniors in particular. Eddie McDonald, the Classic’s Tournament Director, explained that a number of snowbirds are registered, but the event will welcome players from around the Southeast.

McDonald said there are 205 players registered up from last year’s number of 95. He said there are a few changes this year including a charitable aspect.

“This is the second year running but the first year doing it during the week of Valentine’s,” McDonald said. “This year, all proceeds will go to benefit the Baldwin County Animal Shelter.”

Foley Sports Tourism (FST) Events Manager Angie Sullivan said the event is one the staff is looking forward to.

“This event is bringing together two of our staff’s favorite things – sports and animals,” Sullivan laughed. “We love being able to work with Eddie and the Coastal Alabama Pickleball Club to not only bring new visitors into Foley but to also make a lasting impact on our community.”

The Coastal Alabama Valentine Charity Classic starts at 9 a.m. each day with a range of divisions scheduled including men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles, men’s and women’s skinny singles. There is no charge for parking or admission and McDonald encourages the public to experience the excitement of pickleball.

To learn more about the Classic, or any FST events, visit our events page.