Pickleball Competition Aims To Grow Sport

Pickleball is back at the Foley Event Center February 10 – 13 for the Coastal Alabama Valentine Charity Classic.

Tournament Director Eddie McDonald said this is the second year they’ve held the event and are expecting about 200 participants. He said while the southeast will be well represented there will also be a number of snowbirds competing from around the country. Divisions include men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles, and men’s and women’s singles.

While it will be a fun opportunity to compete, it will also be for a great cause.

“This is a charity tournament,” McDonald said. “All of the proceeds of the tournament will be used to purchase pickleball nets, paddles, and balls for four area middle schools in South Baldwin County.”

Foley Sports Tourism (FST) Event Operations Manager Angela Sullivan said it’s always exciting to share sports with a new generation.

“Pickleball is a quickly growing sport,” Sullivan said. “We are seeing a number of younger players jump in and give it a try. This tournament is actually helping itself grow by introducing new people to pickleball through the charity donation piece, people who might just register to compete next year.”

The Coastal Alabama Valentine Charity Classic starts at noon on February 10. It is open to the public and admission is free.

For more information on this tournament or any FST event visit our events page.