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YMCA hosts annual inclusive pickleball tournament

WILMINGTON — A local nonprofit is hosting its annual pickleball tournament to raise funds for its programs.

The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina will host its 5th Annual Pickleball for All Tournament March 10 to 12. Sponsored by EmergeOrtho, the tournament will consist of round robin games in each division: women’s doubles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles for skills levels 3.0 and under, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5+. There are two age brackets to compete in: 14 to 49 years old and 50 and over.

“The Pickleball For All Tournament is a great event for both beginner and advanced players,” YMCA of Southeastern NC tournament coordinator Jane Klippel said in a press release. “Participants will be up against other teams with a similar skill set making it a great first competitive atmosphere for newer players.”

Klippel said the tournament is named “for all” because the nonprofit YMCA is an inclusive organization.

All money raised for the event will be used toward the Y’s health programs, which are evidence-based and designed to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease and other conditions. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to provide scholarships so these programs can be offered at low cost or no cost to qualifying participants.

“The Y offers so many different health programs designed to improve the quality of life for our community and our goal is to make sure these programs are accessible and affordable for everyone,” Director of Community Health Programs for the YMCA of
Southeastern NC Bridget Carroll said in the release.

Registration for the tournament is open through Feb. 28.


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