PICKLEBALLCENTRAL “ALL HEART” AWARD: CASCADE PICKLEBALL CLUB, VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON
I was looking at the USAPA.org website, Places to Play and came across this listing:
The Cascade library runs open gym pickleball on Sunday nights as a fundraiser for our library. Players of all levels are welcome! We start at 6 PM and end by 9PM. The cost is $3. Check the calendar below to verify we are playing on the night you want. We are occasionally closed for holidays. We have recently added an advanced night (4.0 and higher) on Mondays. For questions, text 360-936-9666. The school is located at 13900 NE 18th St, Vancouver, WA 98684. When you are facing the school (north), the gym is around the back on the left (west). Walk around past the recycling area and you will see the entrance for the gym. Come join us!
I had to find out more about their story. So I got in touch with Michelle. It’s definitely a story worthy of the PickleballCentral “All Heart” Award! Enjoy!
Two years ago, Michelle and her husband Travis started playing pickleball. They played at a local gym, but when the gym doubled the price of admission, they started looking around for an alternative place to play. It just so happened that the principal at her school started playing pickleball, and was open to folks using the middle school gym on Sundays. There were lots of folks who wanted to play, so Cascade Pickleball got organized.
They are sponsored by the school parent network, for insurance purposes, and when Michelle can’t be there, she has back-up school staff to make sure the gym is open and secure for pickleball. Michelle is actively trying to recruit more teachers to sign up to play pickleball. They recently added an advanced night, 4.0 and higher on Mondays.
They keep a calendar on the school library website for 3 different levels of play and they charge $3 a session. All the fees collected go to purchasing books for the middle school library. They have been playing together for almost a year and have raised $3.000 so far. That’s a lot of pickleball. When the principal bought Ipads for the school, Cascade Pickleball Club bought the cases for the Ipads.
It is the easiest fund raiser ever because everyone would be playing anyway, and it is so much fun.
The Cascade Pickleball Club is having their first tournament the last weekend in January. You can sign up on pickleballtournaments.com! This club rocks!