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“THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS OF PICKLEBALL” – VOTING OPEN

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The Dink Pickleball, the source for pickleball stories, news, tips, gear reviews, and more, is now accepting votes from across the sport’s community for annual Dink Awards.

For the first time, the industry’s 3 major leagues (APP, PPA, MLP) plus its governing body (USAP) will partner to recognize the sport’s most accomplished players, figures, events, and media influencers.

AUSTIN, Texas /PRNewswire/ — The Dink has teamed up with pickleball’s premier organizations to create the “People’s Choice Awards of pickleball,” where fans vote to honor and celebrate the professionals, organizations, and creators who are paving the way for pickleball’s continued explosion onto the mainstream.

Introducing: The Dink Awards, in partnership with The PPA Tour, Major League Pickleball, The APP Tour, USA Pickleball, The PicklePlay App and Selkirk.

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS OF PICKLEBALL
The Dink Awards, in partnership with The PPA Tour, Major League Pickleball, The APP Tour, USA Pickleball, The PicklePlay App and Selkirk, is now accepting votes to honor those propelling the sport into the mainstream.

This year, The Dink is happy to announce new categories featuring prize grants up to $2,000.

Categories include:

  • Women’s Player of the Year
  • Men’s Player of the Year
  • Ava Lee Women’s Most Improved Player – $1000 Grant
  • Selkirk Labs Men’s Most Improved Player – $1000 Grant
  • Selkirk Sport Content Creator of the Year – $2000 Grant
  • Pickleball.com Rookie of the Year
  • Senior Women’s Player of the Year
  • Senior Men’s Player of the Year
  • Match of the Year
  • Trailblazer of the Year
  • Best Pickleball Podcast
  • PPA Tour Scrappiest Pro
  • Best On-Court Antics
  • Best Dressed
  • Selkirk TV Best On-Air Personality
  • Fan Favorite
  • Next Gen Player of the Year
  • Event of the Year

Community members may visit https://dink-awards.kickoffpages.com/ to cast their votes.

“It was important to us that we bring together all of pickleball’s major organizations to recognize those making an impact, both on and off the court. There are so many amazing people and organizations fueling pickleball’s unprecedented growth. It’s time we recognize them. The Dink Awards aim to do so in a big way.” – Thomas Shields, founder, The Dink

“The APP is proud to support The Dink Awards. The team at The Dink do an awesome job of promoting the sport we love, and giving fans the chance to recognize the people who are helping fuel the incredible growth of pickleball is the right thing to do. We wish every nominee the best of luck!” – Tom Webb, APP Tour (Association of Pickleball Professionals) CMO.

“We are so very proud of the players who have made pickleball what it is today – a bona fide professional sport, a community and lifestyle, and a buzzword for active, addictive, healthy fun,” said Connor Pardoe, Commissioner and CEO of the Carvana PPA (Professional Pickleball Association) Tour. “The People’s Choice Awards of Pickleball is just another symbol of how far our sport has come over the last few years, and we are thrilled to be able to recognize some of our pros’ accomplishments in the space.”

The Dink Pickleball would like to thank Invisible Narratives (https://invisiblenarratives.com/) for their help with this year’s Dink Awards hype video, available here.

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Life Time Opens its First Ground-Up Pickleball Destination Featuring 8 Indoor and 7 Outdoor Courts on April 8

Chanhassen, Minn-based development offers 15 courts, viewing areas, bar and lounge, and luxurious dressing rooms all surrounded in a luxurious experience and adjacent to full-amenity club

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CHANHASSEN, Minn. /PRNewswire/ — Life Time (NYSE: LTH) is celebrating National Pickleball Month with the opening of its first dedicated, ground-up pickleball development on April 8, 2024.

Life Time Chanhassen Pickleball is located adjacent to the Life Time Chanhassen, Minn., athletic country club and the Company’s headquarters. Spanning a total of nearly 46,000 square feet, the club features eight indoor and seven outdoor courts with accompanying viewing areas, a bar and lounge, dressing rooms, retail and more.

In 2021, Life Time committed to quickly become the premier destination for pickleball in the United States.
Life Time Chanhassen Pickleball is located adjacent to the Life Time Chanhassen, Minn., athletic country club and the Company’s headquarters. Spanning a total of nearly 46,000 square feet, the club features eight indoor and seven outdoor courts with accompanying viewing areas, a bar and lounge, dressing rooms, retail and more.

In 2021, Life Time committed to quickly become the premier destination for pickleball in the United States. Since that time, the company has grown as the largest owner and operator of pickleball courts, with more than 630 across more than 130 athletic country clubs. Life Time saw staggering growth in members embracing the sport from 2021 through 2023, and the popularity of pickleball continues to grow exponentially nationwide with more than 36.5 million pickleball players today. 

To continue Life Time’s efforts to elevate the profile, programming, leagues and community of tennis and pickleball, the Company created the Life Time Pickleball and Tennis Board in February 2024. Led by tennis legend and pickleball enthusiast, Andre Agassi, and Bahram Akradi, Life Time Founder, Chairman and CEO, the board will serve to further advance a vibrant racquet sports community within Life Time clubs and across the country by fostering awareness, excitement, and support for the sports among people of all ages and skill levels. Life Time already boasts lessons, leagues, clinics, tournaments and more for kids and adults.

Life Time members with a Premier membership will have the opportunity to experience the new destination’s pickleball open play, leagues, tournaments, skill building and much more. A limited number of memberships are available.

In Minnesota, Life Time operates more than 84 pickleball courts across 15 locations. For more information, including membership details, visit the Life Time Pickleball website.

Pictures of Life Time Chanhassen Pickleball can be found linked here.

About Life Time®
Life Time (NYSE: LTH) empowers people to live healthy, happy lives through its portfolio of more than 170 athletic country clubs across the United States and Canada. The Company’s healthy way of life communities and ecosystem address all aspects of healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment for people 90 days to 90+ years old. Supported by a team of more than 37,000 dedicated professionals, Life Time is committed to providing the best programs and experiences through its clubs, iconic athletic events and comprehensive digital platform.

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SPACEMOB Expands Reach Into Sports Programming, Live Events

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — SPACEMOB, the global media company focused on distributing streaming content and FAST channels, is gearing up for an exhilarating year of sports entertainment. With an eye on the future, SPACEMOB is poised to revolutionize the streaming landscape with its pioneering approach to sports programming.

In the coming year, SPACEMOB will have an array of groundbreaking sports entertainment initiatives, including exclusive partnerships and live events. As the convergence of streaming and sports continues, SPACEMOB is at the forefront of this dynamic shift.

Recent projections indicate a significant rise in the number of US viewers streaming sports events, with estimates surpassing 90 million by 2025. This substantial increase underscores the growing demand for accessible and engaging sports content in the digital age.

Over the past few years, the fusion of major sports and streaming platforms has become increasingly prevalent. Notable examples include:

  • NFL Thursday Night games on Amazon Prime
  • WWE Raw migrating to Netflix
  • MLS games on AppleTV

In addition to the streaming platforms zeroing in on live sports, advertisers are keen on the opportunity as well, with The Trade Desk’s 2024 CTV Report declaring ‘this is the year of streaming live sports’ and citing that forty-nine percent of advertisers plan to increase their budget for programmatic live sports in 2024.

SPACEMOB is embracing the trends and has formed exclusive partnerships with two esteemed sports entertainment brands The Harlem Globetrotters and Monster Jam. Additionally, SPACEMOB has secured exclusive distribution partnerships for FAST Channels featuring professional pickleball on PickleTV, classic wrestling from the Savoldi wrestling archive and Ultimate Classic Wrestling, and Major Arena Soccer League action.

Moreover, SPACEMOB is ramping up its live sports programming, offering viewers an unparalleled experience with events like Tuesday Night Pickleball, a variety of MASL season matches, and live broadcasts from Globetrotters and Monster Jam events throughout the year.

Since 2020, SPACEMOB has witnessed an extraordinary trajectory in streaming. It boasts five active channels, three in development and more than 2,500 titles of TV programming that collectively had viewership reaching nearly 1.5 billion minutes in 2023. The implications of these partnerships are profound, with the potential to reshape the landscape of sports entertainment in streaming and offer fans unprecedented access to their favorite sports and events.

About SPACEMOB
SPACEMOB is a global media company – built in the age of streaming-with a focus on creating original content, distribution, and FAST channel development. For inquiries, please contact: Danielle Bourassa Head of Distribution and Partnerships danielle@space-mob.com

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Pickleball Kingdom Location Announced in Hendersonville, Tennessee

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn., /PRNewswire/ — Pickleball Kingdom, the nation’s leading indoor pickleball franchise, is delighted to announce its second Tennessee location at 90 Volunteer Dr., Hendersonville, TN 37075. This marks a significant stride in Pickleball Kingdom’s ambitious plan to establish 20 premier indoor pickleball facilities throughout the state.

Steven and Jaclyn Kilbas, esteemed franchisees of this new location, are poised to bring the joy of indoor pickleball to Hendersonville. Their dedication to the sport and commitment to fostering community engagement make their Hendersonville club a beacon for pickleball enthusiasts and novices alike.


Ace Rodrigues, Founder and CEO of Pickleball Kingdom, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “This expansion is monumental. With the Kilbas family at the helm of our Hendersonville location, we are confident that this team will continue to benefit and transform the pickleball community in Tennessee.”

A New Hub for Pickleball in Hendersonville
Pickleball Kingdom’s newest facility in Hendersonville boasts approximately 39,000 square feet and 12 state-of-the-art indoor courts tailored to accommodate players of all ages and skill levels. With a focus on inclusivity and accessibility, the venue aims to serve as a focal point for pickleball enthusiasts. Some of the offerings of the club will include leagues, open play sessions, tournaments, and professional instruction.

“Pickleball is more than just a sport; it’s a community,” said Steven Kilbas. “Our vision is to establish an inviting environment where everyone, from beginners to seasoned players, can enjoy the game. Hendersonville is the perfect location.”

Invitation To Prospective Franchisees
As Pickleball Kingdom continues to expand to new locations around the country, the company invites driven individuals to consider joining its franchise family. Prospective franchisees will benefit from a unique opportunity to be part of the rapidly growing sport, with comprehensive support from the Pickleball Kingdom team.

“This is an unparalleled opportunity to be at the forefront of one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation,” commented Rob Streett, COO of Pickleball Kingdom. “The potential for growth is limitless, and first mover advantage is still available in many markets.”

For more information about franchise opportunities with Pickleball Kingdom, visit www.pickleballkingdom.com/franchise

About Pickleball Kingdom
Pickleball Kingdom is the premier indoor pickleball franchise in the United States, dedicated to promoting the sport of pickleball through high-quality facilities, instruction, and community engagement. With a vision to create a nationwide network of pickleball venues, Pickleball Kingdom is poised to redefine the landscape of recreational sports.

For up to date information about the Pickleball Kingdom Hendersonville location, follow them on social media.
Facebook: Pickleball Kingdom Hendersonville
Instagram: Pickleball Kingdom Hendersonville (@pickleballkingdom.hendersonvil)

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