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Pickleball Kingdom Productions Names Clayton Echard Host of the First Pickleball Reality Show “Pickleball Paddle Battle”

American TV Personality and Star of The Bachelor Will Spearhead Behind-the-Scenes And On-Court Drama as Contestants Compete for Prizes on the Groundbreaking Show

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CHANDLER, Ariz., Aug. 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Pickleball Kingdom Productions announced today that American television personality Clayton Echard has signed on to host the reality competition show “Pickleball Paddle Battle.” According to Ace Rodrigues, CEO and founder of Pickleball Kingdom, Clayton was the top choice to host the groundbreaking show that promises to showcase the excitement and spirit of pickleball in addition to awarding major prizes to contestants.

“This show is about making dreams come true. The action will be fantastic, but the emotions will be unforgettable.” Rodrigues said. “As the host, Clayton will take viewers behind the scenes to explore each contestant’s back story as well as drama and intense rivalries that will unfold during the competition. Viewers will be treated to Clayton’s charisma and hosting skills while the show will deliver unprecedented access to the players that make the sport so special.”

Known to millions as the star of season 26 of The Bachelor in 2021the 30-year-old Echard was also a contestant on season 18 of The Bachelorette. Prior to his television debut, he was a college football standout at the University of Missouri, where he played tight end and earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences. After his graduation, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2016.

An avid mental health advocate, Echard recently authored the book 180 Degrees: On Mental Health, Mindfulness, and Unlocking Self-Belief. He said he authored the book to document his mental health journey and to inspire others to find their own self-love and confidence. As host of “Pickleball Paddle Battle,” he will encourage contestants as they are pushed to their mental and physical limits during competition.

“Pickleball is not just having a moment – it’s America’s fastest-growing sport,” said Echard. “As soon as I learned about the show’s format, the competition, and the amazing prizes, I knew this had all the makings of a great reality show! It combines two of America’s passions; pickleball and reality shows. I’m thrilled to be the host and can’t wait to get started!”

The application process for aspiring competitors is currently running through August 16, 2023, inviting high level players to show off their pickleball prowess. Final selections will be made by a panel of experts, ensuring that the most deserving and skilled individuals are chosen to participate in the one-of-a-kind competition. In addition to the thrill of the competition itself, the show is awarding unprecedented prizes. According to Rodrigues, one male and one female player will earn a prestigious one-year pickleball sponsorship contract with Pickleball Kingdom Productions. The sponsorship will provide the financial means necessary for players to compete professionally and continue their pickleball careers.

Another important aspect of the show is an interactive element that will allow viewers to vote for contestants to win a dream of a lifetime – the chance to win a Pickleball Kingdom franchise. One male and one female will be chosen for this business opportunity, and not only will they receive support and training from Pickleball Kingdom, but they will also be awarded their own franchises.

“This is the only show that is taking an in-depth look at the pickleball craze that has spread throughout the world,” said Rodrigues. “We are presently in discussions with several national networks and streaming services to finalize a distribution deal that will showcase the sport of pickleball to the masses.”

“Pickleball Paddle Battle” is scheduled to be released in the late Fall of 2023. For show details and to enter the competition go to www.pickleballpaddlebattle.tv

For details about Pickleball Kingdom, visit  www.pickleballkingdom.com

About Pickleball Kingdom Productions, LLC:

Pickleball Kingdom Productions is a leading-edge production company dedicated to showcasing the excitement and growth of pickleball through engaging and high-quality content. With a focus on innovation and entertainment, Pickleball Kingdom Productions, LLC aims to elevate the sport of pickleball to new heights while fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among players and fans alike.

*  Terms and Conditions Apply.  Sponsorship winners receive payment of entry fees and cost of travel related expenses for competition in events.  Franchise opportunity winners will be awarded a Pickleball Kingdom franchise without payment of franchise fees.  All other expenses are the responsibility of the winner. For official rules and to enter the competition go to www.pickleballpaddlebattle.tv.

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

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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.
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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!

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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

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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!”

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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. 

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