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First Pickleball Bobbleheads Unveiled on National Pickleball Day



MILWAUKEE /PRNewswire/ — This morning, to celebrate National Pickleball Day, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the first Pickleball Bobbleheads. The first bobblehead features Kitchen the Pickleball Mascot while the second is a Pickleball Bobble which is the newest addition to the Sports Ball Bobble Series. The announcement of their release coincides with National Pickleball Day, which is celebrated on Tuesday, August 8th. The special edition bobbleheads are being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.

Standing on a yellow pickleball-shaped base bearing his name, the smiling Kitchen bobblehead is holding a paddle featuring his picture. Wearing sunglasses on his pickleball-shaped head, Kitchen is also wearing a pair of shorts with a net design and a blue cap with his name and a pickleball paddle across the front. The bobblehead, which will be individually numbered to 2,023, is only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobblehead, which is expected to ship in November, costs $30 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.

The Pickleball Bobble is the newest addition to the first-of-its-kind Sports Ball Bobble Series and joins previously released balls for baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, soccer, and tennis that all bobble. The Pickleball Bobble is on a base that is a replica of a pickleball court. “Pickleball” is featured prominently in big, block letters on the front of the base. Each bobble is individually numbered to 2,023 and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbles are $25 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.

Designed by Melvin LeBlanc, Kitchen made his debut appearance at the Association of Pickleball Players Casa Grande Pickleball Open in December 2021. He has become a staple on the APP Tour and has a growing fan following. As for his name, Kitchen, refers to the seven-foot zone on each side of the net. The non-volley zone is more commonly referred to as “the kitchen” of a pickleball court. Players are not permitted to volley while standing in it. The kitchen rule exists to prevent a player from standing at the net and smashing every hit.

Pickleball has grown rapidly in popularity since its invention in 1965 as a children’s backyard game at the summer home of Joel Pritchard on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Pritchard and two of his friends, Barney McCallum and Bill Bell, are credited with devising the game and establishing the rules. In 2022, pickleball was adopted as the official state sport of Washington.

The fast-paced sport has many similarities to tennis, badminton, and table tennis. It is played on a level court with short-handed paddles and a hard plastic ball that has holes through it – like a Whiffle ball. The ball is volleyed over a low net by two players in singles competition or by two pairs of players in doubles. The sport can be played either outdoors or indoors. Fun for all ages and easy for beginners to learn, pickleball was named the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

“We’re thrilled to be unveiling the first two Pickleball Bobbles on National Pickleball Day,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “The bobblehead of Kitchen and the Pickleball Sports Ball Bobble will be must-haves for pickleball players everywhere!”

Kitchen wrote, “I’m excited to have this bobblehead that Pickleball players and fans around the world will be able to display and enjoy. I hope it puts a smile on people’s faces just like they have when they see me!”

SOURCE National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum


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Senior Pickleball Report

Find Your Perfect Match: Serve Club App Connects Tennis and Pickleball Players Nationwide



Imagine Tinder but for finding hitting partners. Recreational tennis and pickleball players flock to apps to meet and connect with other players that otherwise find it difficult to find people at their skill level and similar availability.

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Amid the latest surge in popularity for tennis and pickleball, Serve Club emerges as a revolutionary app, transforming how enthusiasts connect. Rather than a typical dating or social app, Serve Club matches players and coaches, fostering a vibrant community of sports aficionados. This innovative platform taps into a cultural renaissance for racket sports, which has been revitalized by a post-pandemic yearning for social interaction and a shift toward health-conscious, statement-making workouts. After witnessing the challenges coaches and players face in finding suitable partners, co-founders Darnell Nance and Daniel Cline were inspired to create Serve Club as a solution to bridge the gap between online connection and real-world meetups.

Fashion labels such as Skims, Kith, and Lacoste are now crafting trendsetting tennis apparel, and the entertainment industry is also riding this wave. Films like “King Richard,” “Break Point,” and Zendaya’s “Challengers” reflect the sport’s growing cultural footprint. Additionally, fashion designer and “Project Runway” alum Erin Robertson has co-founded Pickle Pop, an indoor pickleball venue in Santa Monica, further highlighting the sport’s burgeoning appeal.

Daniel Cline, CEO of Serve Club, emphasizes that the platform is designed to be at the heart of this sports revival. “Serve Club transcends typical fitness apps by linking users directly with a lively community of players,” said Cline. The app uses an algorithm to match players with opponents of similar skill levels, ensuring a compatible and challenging game. Furthermore, it accommodates players nationally and internationally, allowing them to continue playing and connecting with new friends even while traveling.

Serve Club’s offerings extend beyond just player connections. It provides access to skilled tennis and pickleball coaches for either personal or group training, helping users refine their skills and maximize their potential on the court. “The platform empowers coaches to find active players eager to elevate their game, simplifying the coaching process,” notes Lendale Johnson, a professional tennis player turned coach.

The app streamlines the logistics of scheduling, from booking individual or group sessions to processing payments, making it a win-win for both coaches and students. For more information about Serve Club, visit https://serveclub.com, or download the Serve Club app for iOS.

Serve Club is more than an app—it’s the thriving nucleus of a growing tennis and pickleball community. It not only connects like-minded sports enthusiasts but also enhances their playing experience with a beautifully designed, technologically advanced platform.
Website: https://serveclub.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/serveclubapp/

SOURCE Serve Club



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Senior Pickleball Report

Exclusive Interview: Thomas Yelloweyes of Night Train Pickleball

Uncover the secrets to mastering pickleball with Thomas Yelloweyes on the People of Pickleball podcast. Don’t miss out on this exclusive interview!



Attention all pickleball enthusiasts! Get ready for an upcoming episode on the People of Pickleball podcast that promises to be a game-changer. Host Mike Sleeves Sliwa sits down with the legendary Thomas Yelloweyes, the mastermind behind Night Train Pickleball in Oregon. As an OG in the Pickleball Universe and a coach worth his weight in gold, Thomas Yelloweyes shares his invaluable insights and expertise in this not-to-be-missed interview. Whether you’re a newbie looking to perfect your game or a seasoned player seeking advanced strategies, this episode has something for everyone. Stay tuned for the release and prepare to take your pickleball skills to new heights with the wisdom of Thomas Yelloweyes! 🏓✨ #PickleballPodcast #CoachInterview #GameChanger

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Keep Your Cool with the New Chick-fil-A Summer Merchandise Collection

Chick-fil-A: Newly launched online shop features must-have fan favorites including Waffle Fry Pool Float, Pickle Pickle™ Pickleball Set, Chicken Sandwich Towel and more



ATLANTA, /PRNewswire/ — Have you ever wanted to play pickleball, with pickles? Or dreamed of floating away on a bed of Waffle Fries? Well, Chick-fil-A® is bringing fans all that and more with the launch of its new Chick-fil-A® Originals Summer Collection, helping fans stay cool and add a delicious flair to summertime fun.

Chick-fil-A® Originals Summer Collection

Since launching seasonal branded merchandise ‘drops’ in 2022, Chick-fil-A is making its popular fan collections a permanent offering with the launch of their new online shop. Shop Chick-fil-A™ features the Chick-fil-A Originals Summer Collection, available July 1 while supplies last, alongside a curated selection of brand products.

Beat the Heat in True Chick-fil-A Style
Whether lounging by the pool or hitting the beach, the new merchandise collection has you covered with items everyone can enjoy, including:

  • Large Waffle Fry Pool Float: Perfect for lounging in the pool with a signature Chick-fil-A fan-favorite
  • Chick-fil-A Soft Sided Backpack Cooler: Ideal for keeping refreshments cool and in style while on the go
  • Pickle Pickle Pickleball Set: Great for sporty fans to hit the courts in style
  • The Original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich Towel: For pool days or lounging at the beach, this towel adds a playful touch to your summer essentials
  • Cow Print 32oz Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout your summer festivities with your favorite cow-themed design
  • Cow Print Bucket Hat: Keep cool and stylish with this trendy bucket hat – available in both adult and kids’ sizes – for summer adventures and sunny days

“We’re always looking for ways for Guests to have fun with our brand both inside and outside the restaurant, and we know from previous merchandise offerings how much they like to show their Chick-fil-A love through apparel and accessories,” said Dustin Britt, Senior Director of Brand Strategy, Investment and Entertainment at Chick-fil-A, Inc. “We’re thrilled to offer a wide range of both brand-new releases and returning items and can’t wait to see fans decked out in their Chick-fil-A favorites this summer!”

Discover Shop Chick-fil-A™
The new online shop will be live starting July 1, 2024. Chick-fil-A enthusiasts can enjoy easy access to ‘always-on’ brand items, alongside new limited time collections throughout the year. Chick-fil-A One® reward members can be the first to hear about new merchandise drops by signing up for notifications.

For more information or to begin shopping for your new summertime — or anytime — favorites, visit Shop Chick-fil-A™.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Chick-fil-A, Inc. is the third largest quick-service restaurant company in the United States, known for its freshly-prepared food, signature hospitality and unique franchise model. More than 200,000 Team Members are employed by independent owner-operators in more than 3,000 restaurants across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. In 2023, the company shared plans to expand by 2030 into Europe and Asia. Chick-fil-A owner-operators live and work in the communities their restaurants serve, each supporting local efforts to address hunger, education, and making a positive impact. The family-owned and privately held company was founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com and @ChickfilANews. 

SOURCE Chick-fil-A, Inc.

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