NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Seagram Building at 375 Park Ave., one of New York’s most prized office buildings, will host a celebration of pickleball – the nation’s latest sports obsession – Sept. 20 on its landmark Park Avenue Plaza.
The Seagram Building’s top pickleball doubles teams will kick off the event by competing in a championship match beginning at 1 p.m. The hour-long showdown on the plaza will determine the victor of the Seagram Playground’s summer-long pickleball league.
Following the match, the plaza will be opened to the public to experience the fast-paced fun of pickleball. The event is cosponsored by RFR, owner and manager of The Seagram Building, and Selkirk Sport, an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of pickleball paddles and gear based in Hayden, Idaho.
Selkirk brand ambassadors, certified by the Professional Pickleball Registry, will share the sport’s finer points. Mason Tennis, located on Park Avenue across from The Seagram Building, will present a coveted Selkirk Power Air paddle to each member of the winning team and Evo paddles to the runners-up.
Mike Barnes, who co-founded Selkirk Sport and serves as co-CEO with his brother, Rob, characterizes pickleball as “a sport that fosters camaraderie, competition, a healthy lifestyle and is consistent with RFR’s goal to create a better work environment.”
The pickleball match will represent the plaza’s first use for a sporting event. This month also marks the first anniversary of The Playground + Conference Center, The Seagram Building’s $25 million, 35,000-square-foot fitness and events space.
The Playground, conceived by RFR and designed by Studios Architecture, offers more than a dozen recreational and fitness activities in addition to pickleball, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, yoga, spin, kickboxing, the martial arts and wall climbing.
(NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, the pickleball event will be postponed until Sept. 28.)
RFR is a Manhattan-based, privately controlled real estate investment, development and management company founded in 1991 by Aby Rosen and Michael Fuchs. The company has built a world-class portfolio of commercial and residential real estate, including many of New York’s signature office towers, ultra-luxury condominiums, hotels and high-end retail developments.
About Selkirk Sport
Selkirk Sport, a family-owned and operated, made-in-the-USA manufacturer of pickleball paddles and accessories, is based in Hayden, Idaho, in the shadow of the Selkirk mountain range. Founded in 2014 by Rob and Mike Barnes along with their father, Jim Barnes, Selkirk Sport believes in always pushing the limits and is committed to manufacturing products that deliver the highest performance with unmatched quality and service.
SOURCE RFR Holding LLC
Players World of Sports Welcomes New Ownership
HILTON HEAD, S.C., /PRNewswire/ — Players World of Sports, the esteemed local provider of tennis and pickleball equipment, apparel, and accessories, is excited to announce its recent change in ownership. With a long-standing history and strong reputation within the Hilton Head community, the business has been acquired by the dynamic duo of Daryl and Kathy Daye of Bluffton, SC, along with the powerhouse team of Jeff and Heather Yakes of Hardeeville, SC. As the torch is passed and the page is turned to the next chapter, South Carolina residents, businesses, and visitors should prepare for an energetic resurgence of expertise, excellence, and excitement throughout the local sporting community.
Since 1982, Players World of Sports has been proudly serving the Hilton Head Island community as an independent, family-owned business. Known for its expertise in tennis racquet selection, racquet restringing, and the fast-growing sport of pickleball, the store offers a wide selection of top-name brand racquets, paddles, apparel, court shoes, bags, and accessories.
Owned and operated by the Jilly family for over 20 years, Players World of Sports has built strong relationships and has become a recognized staple of the Hilton Head tennis community. With the new ownership, the business is poised to continue its tradition of distinction and commitment to the active lifestyles of the local region.
The new ownership team, consisting of long-time family friends and business partners Daryl and Kathy Daye, as well as Jeff and Heather Yakes, share a deep passion for an active lifestyle and a strong commitment to the local community as residents of the Hilton Head area. Drawing from their personal experiences as athletes, the new owners understand the needs of sports enthusiasts and are dedicated to providing exceptional service and quality products.
Under the guidance of General Manager Amy Wright, a tennis guru and a resident expert, the knowledgeable and passionate staff of Players World of Sports will continue to deliver an unmatched shopping experience. From greeting customers with a smile to providing guidance on product selection, the team is committed to ensuring customer satisfaction every step of the way.
Players World of Sports offers a wide range of products and services to support various sports, beach, and leisure activities. Tennis enthusiasts can explore a comprehensive selection of racquets, bags, balls, equipment, accessories, and apparel from top brands such as Babolat, Head Racquet Sports, and Wilson. For pickleball enthusiasts, the store carries paddles, bags, balls, equipment, accessories, and apparel from trusted brands like Selkirk Sport, Joola, and Onix. The store also offers footwear, as well as a wide range of men’s, women’s, and kids’ apparel. Thrilled to continue the legacy of Players World of Sports and serve the Hilton Head community, the new ownership group is committed to providing the best products and unparalleled customer service to all sports enthusiasts in the area.
For more information about Players World of Sports and to explore their offerings, please visit the store or their website at playersworldofsports.com.
About Players World of Sports:
Players World of Sports is an independent, family-owned business that has been serving the Hilton Head Island community since 1982. As experts in tennis racquet selection, racquet re-stringing, and the growing sport of pickleball, the store offers a wide range of top-name brand racquets, paddles, apparel, court shoes, bags, and accessories. With a passionate team and a commitment to customer satisfaction, Players World of Sports continues to be a trusted resource for sports enthusiasts in Hilton Head and beyond.
SOURCE Players World of Sports
Pickleball in California Sees Unprecedented Growth: Investment Needed
California’s pickleball surge necessitates investment in courts to meet demand and sustain growth.
Pickleball, the popular paddle sport, is experiencing unprecedented growth in California. According to the recently released 2023 State of Pickleball: Participation & Infrastructure Report by Pickleheads and The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the state will need to build a staggering 3,748 courts at a cost of $131.2 million to meet the increasing demand over the next 5-7 years.
The report also reveals that California currently has only 0.67 dedicated pickleball courts per 10,000 people, which is 45% below the national average. In fact, the state ranks 41st in the nation in terms of dedicated court coverage per capita. These figures highlight the urgent need for investment in pickleball infrastructure to keep up with the sport’s meteoric rise.
Brandon Mackie, Co-founder and COO of Pickleheads, emphasizes the significance of this growth, stating, “Pickleball continues to grow at an unprecedented rate in California. Our estimates show the state will need to invest $131M in courts over the next 5-7 years. This represents an exciting challenge for both public and private enterprises in California.”
Pickleheads, the leading online platform for pickleball, has been instrumental in compiling comprehensive data on pickleball courts across the country. Their database currently includes 51,937 courts across 12,081 facilities in the U.S.
To gain further insights into the state of pickleball and its infrastructure, the 2023 State of Pickleball: Participation & Infrastructure Report can be purchased on pickleheads.com for $350.
As pickleball’s popularity continues to soar, the investment and expansion of pickleball facilities in California will play a crucial role in meeting the growing demand and ensuring players have ample opportunities to enjoy the sport.
Dink Ninja Paddle Review: High-Quality Performance!
“Discover the Dink Ninja Paddle’s high-quality performance in our review! Elevate your pickleball game with this top-notch equipment.
In a recent episode of Sleeves Senior Pickleball Report, renowned host Mike Sliwa took on the challenge of reviewing the Dink Ninja 🥷White Hot Edition 🔥 Carbon Paddle. Known for his expertise and insightful analysis, Mike left no stone unturned as he explored the paddle’s features and performance.
The Dink Ninja paddle boasts an 18k Carbon Fiber face that delivers an impressive combination of power, spin, and accuracy. Its dual layer PP honeycomb core, coupled with a flexible paddle surface, provides an unmatched touch, allowing players to execute precise shots with ease. With a thickness of 16mm, this paddle offers increased power for those aggressive shots on the court.
What sets the Dink Ninja apart is its proprietary textured surface, which effortlessly generates impressive ball spin. Mike Sliwa couldn’t help but be impressed with the paddle’s ability to enhance his game and take it to the next level.
If you’re looking to elevate your pickleball game, the Dink Ninja 🥷White Hot Edition 🔥 Carbon Paddle might just be the game-changer you need. Don’t miss out on this incredible paddle that slices and dices its way to high-quality performance.
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