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Holland America Line Named Exclusive Cruise Line Partner of the Professional Pickleball Association

A leader in cruising is teaming up with the leader of the fastest growing sport in the U.S., thanks to an exciting new partnership.

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Pickleball courts, complimentary lessons and tutorials to be featured fleetwide  

SEATTLE, Dec. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A leader in cruising is teaming up with the leader of the fastest growing sport in the U.S., thanks to an exciting new partnership. Holland America Line has been exclusively named as the Official Cruise Line of the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) and is committed to expanding its pickleball experience at sea for guests.

“We’re excited to offer our guests an elevated pickleball experience as they travel…”

All ships in the Holland America Line fleet feature pickleball courts with amazing top-deck views that will be refreshed by February 2023, including adding new PPA Tour partner logos. Beginning in February and rolling out fleet-wide by April 2023, complimentary beginner lessons will be offered by shipboard instructors who will teach guests the rules and basics of playing pickleball, including where the “kitchen” is and what it means to hit a “dink” shot.

“We like to say that travel unites us, but sports do that as well, and Holland America Line is proud to be the first and exclusive cruise line partner of the PPA. We’re excited to offer our guests an elevated pickleball experience as they travel to spectacular and scenic cruise destinations,” said Kacy Cole, vice president of marketing for Holland America Line. “Mirroring its rapid growth as the fastest growing sport in the U.S., pickleball is the most popular sport on our ships. It’s wonderful to see guests bond over their shared love of the game — and the ever-changing scenery makes the perfect pickleball backdrop.”

Along with shipboard activations, “How to Play Pickleball” tutorial videos will be featured on in-stateroom TV programming. Guests will be able to purchase branded pickleball starter kits in the shipboard retail shops starting in 2023.

“Pickleball has become immensely popular among travel and leisure business categories, because it is uniquely accessible, compatible with a variety of brands, and transcends a wide spectrum of age groups and lifestyles,” said Connor Pardoe, commissioner and CEO of the PPA Tour. “Holland America Line has embraced and committed to pickleball in a very exciting way and will bring engaging, 360-degree collaborations between its cruise line and the sport we all love.” 

In addition to shipboard activations, Holland America Line will be featured on branded signage at land-based PPA tournaments across the U.S., PPA merchandise and tour promotional materials.

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Holland America Line shares a deeper connection with PPA beyond the game — pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island in Washington state, a short ferry ride from Seattle where Holland America Line is headquartered.

“To play pickleball is to make new friends, from around the neighborhood or around the world. This ageless sport welcomes players young and old, fast or slow,” said Theresa Haynie, a founding board member of Seattle Metro Pickleball Association and an International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association instructor. “It’s a fun game to teach and even more fun to learn. Now with pickleball on board ships with this wonderful partnership, cruisers and players have one more adventure to experience and take home with them.”

For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.

Find Holland America Line on TwitterFacebookInstagram and the Holland America Blog. You can also access all social media outlets via the home page at hollandamerica.com.

About Holland America Line
Holland America Line, part of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL andNYSE:CUK), has been exploring the world for 150 years with expertly crafted itineraries, extraordinary service and genuine connections to each destination. Offering an ideal mid-sized ship experience, its fleet visits nearly 400 ports in 114 countries around the world and has shared the thrill of Alaska for 75 years — longer than any other cruise line. Holland America Line’s 11 vessels feature a diverse range of enriching activities and amenities focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. The best live music at sea fills each evening at Music Walk, and dining venues feature exclusive selections from a Culinary Council of world-famous chefs.

About the PPA Tour
The Professional Pickleball Association is the professional tour for the sport of pickleball, organizing events and rankings for the top male and female pickleball players worldwide and awarding nearly $3 million in annual prize money offering equal play and pay. With more than 20 events in 2022 at world-class facilities like the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Riviera Country Club in California, and the Darling Tennis Center and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the PPA Tour is the premier provider of professional and amateur events. Founded in 2018 and based in Salt Lake City, UT, the PPA Tour provides an unparalleled experience for all, inviting players to compete and “play where the pros play,” as well as offering unrivaled venues, food/beverages, live entertainment, VIP experiences, giveaways and games, pro player meet-and-greets, shopping, vendors, and more. For more information, go to www.ppatour.com. See Player Profiles and follow us on social Twitter Instagram YouTube Facebook LinkedIn.

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USA Pickleball Reports Nearly 30% Increase in Membership During 2022

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. /PRNewswire/ — USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball, today published its annual growth report, containing important industry metrics recorded in 2022.

As the sport continued to expand across the country, USA Pickleball saw its membership increase nearly 30 percent over 2021. The National Governing Body currently has a membership base of nearly 69,000 strong, a major uptick compared to 53,110 in 2021.

Annual Growth Report from USA Pickleball outlines areas of growth, including playing facilities and sanctioned events

Some of the highlights include:

  • Membership68,697 registered USA Pickleball members, an increase of 29.4% over 2021.
  • Certified Facilities: The organization’s Places2Play database grew from 9,167 to a total of 10,724 USA Pickleball-registered facilities in North America. This equates to 130 new locations per month, or more than four per day.
  • Approved Paddles & Balls: The USA Pickleball Equipment & Evaluation Committee (EEC) and its independent lab tested and approved 525 new paddles and 34 new balls in 2022.
  • USA Pickleball Ambassadors: 1,973 dedicated volunteers who actively promote the game at the local level by supporting new programs and facilities.
  • Sanctioned Events: USA Pickleball sanctioned 237 tournaments in 2022 compared to 153 in 2021, including USA Pickleball’s own Indoor National Championships, National Championships and the first-ever Diamond Amateur Championship.
  • 2022 National Championships: The 2022 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships drew nearly 2,300 amateur players, while the sport’s top professional players competed for $150,000 in prize money, compared to $90,000 in 2021. On November 13, the event also set the record for the largest-ever attendance in the history of the sport at 5,522.
  • Facilities Development: USA Pickleball directly supports the development pipeline for over $100M in new facilities, including over 25 Regional- and Sector-level venues.

The full Annual Growth Report can be found at usapickleball.org.

About USA Pickleball:

USA Pickleball is the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball in the U.S. and provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings and promotional materials. The mission of USA Pickleball is to promote the development and growth of pickleball in the United States and its territories. The association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and governed by a board of directors and professional staff who provide the guidance and infrastructure for the continued growth and development of the sport.

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BARSTOOL SPORTS’ LATEST BRAND, STELLA BLUE COFFEE, NAMED FIRST OFFICIAL & EXCLUSIVE COFFEE PARTNER OF D.C. PICKLEBALL TEAM

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — D.C. Pickleball Team (DCPT), an expansion team of Major League Pickleball (MLP) and D.C.’s newest professional sports team, today announced Stella Blue Coffee, a new brand from Barstool Sports created by Dan “Big Cat” Katz, host of #1 sports podcast Pardon my Take, as its first official and exclusive coffee partner.

DCPT has joined MLP ahead of the 2023 season that begins Thursday, January 26th in Mesa, AZ. Like the other high-profile investor backed teams that have joined MLP, DCPT’s ownership group includes Al Tylis, Sam Porter, Eva Longoria, Justin Verlander, Kate Upton, Rip Hamilton, Shawn Marion, Odell Beckham Jr. and Mesut Ozil.

As a part of the partnership, Stella Blue Coffee’s logo will be prominently displayed on DCPT uniforms. Stella Blue Coffee logo features Katzs’ beloved dog Stella, who was rescued from the PAWS Chicago shelter. Stella Blue Coffee holds great meaning to Dan and his family and provides a way for their dog Stella to live on forever. A portion of proceeds from each sale go to PAWS Chicago.

Stella Blue Coffee is a premium blend of 100% Arabica, Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee beans that Dan hand selected for unrivaled taste. As if D.C. Pickleball Team didn’t have enough energy on the team already, Stella Blue will take it up a notch, with coffee that confidently stands on its own, just as coffee and DCPT should.

“D.C. Pickleball Team is thrilled to partner with such an established and innovative group as Barstool Sports and Stella Blue Coffee,” says Al Tylis, Managing Partner of D.C. Pickleball Team. “This is a historic partnership in our journey to become a household name in pickleball. Together, we look forward to elevating the sport and bringing both the game and coffee to all.”

“We are excited to be a part of the pickleball movement that has swept the nation,” explains Katz. “We appreciate what D.C. Pickleball Team and their ownership group brings to the sports world and are proud to partner with them in their first ever Major League Pickleball season.”

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For more information about D.C. Pickleball Team visit www.dcpickleballteam.com and follow on social media:

Twitter – @dc_pickleball
Instagram – @dcpickleballteam
Facebook – @dcpickleballteam
TikTok – @d.c.pickleballteam

About D.C. Pickleball Team:
D.C. Pickleball Team (DCPT) is the newest professional pickleball team to join Major League Pickleball (MLP) ahead of the 2023 season that begins January 26th. DCPT’s ownership group includes Al Tylis, Sam Porter, Eva Longoria, Justin Verlander, Kate Upton, Rip Hamilton, Shawn Marion, Odell Beckham Jr. and Mesut Ozil.

DCPT will play in the Challenger Level in season one and Premier Level in season two. Season one’s roster includes Sam Querrey – 10-time ATP Tour Titleist and ranked 11th in the world in 2018; Stefan Auvergne – exciting new player from France and former competitive tennis player, competitive gamer and race car driver; Shelby Bates – former D1 Tennis Player at Coastal Carolina University; and Monica Paolicelli – former D1 Soccer Player at James Madison.

About Stella Blue Coffee:
At Stella Blue Coffee, we source our 100% Arabica, Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee beans ethically and sustainably from Colombia, Honduras, and Guatemala – some of the richest coffee geographies in the world.Our exclusive blend of premium coffee was hand selected by @BarstoolBigCat himself and is roasted to perfection to deliver unrivaled taste. Stella Blue Coffee offers three delicious roasts: Positive Vibes Light Roast, Big Cat Blend Medium Roast, and Electric Ave Dark Roast. Each roast is available in single serve pods, freshly ground bags or whole bean bags, so you can be your own barista. 

Stella Blue Coffee is also committed to joining PAWS Chicago in its mission to save homeless pets. PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is the Midwest’s largest No Kill animal shelter that has led the reduction of the number of homeless pets killed in Chicago by over 91% since its founding in 1997.

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Learn more about Stella Blue Coffee’s delicious new coffee line-up at stellabluecoffee.com

Twitter – @StellaBlueCoff
Instagram – @stellabluecoffee
TikTok – @stellabluecoffee

About Major League Pickleball:
Major League Pickleball (MLP) is the premier team league and the standard-bearer for the fastest-growing sport in the United States. MLP is committed to perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of pickleball’s business, marketing, and community relations. With iconic team owners, a co-ed team format, an innovative draft, easy to understand scoring, groundbreaking broadcast quality, and the highest prize money events in pro pickleball, MLP’s goal is to elevate and grow the sport in everything it does. For more information on Major League Pickleball, visit MajorLeaguePickleball.net and follow Major League Pickleball on FacebookTwitterInstagramTikTok and YouTube.

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