Viva la Pickleball!
The pickleball courts at St. Michael’s by-the-Sea were born out of community, and exist to serve the community.
St. Michael’s was first introduced to this budding sport through neighbors at Carlsbad by the Sea (CBTS). In the fall of 2013 residents of CBTS were in search of a place to play their beloved sport. The two communities partnered to resurface and paint two pickleball courts in St. Michael’s north parking lot.
Residents played regularly three times a week and parishioners and clergy began to take notice. As St. Michael’s began to imagine professional courts in its vacant parcel, leadership learned (through another church partnership) of a grant opportunity through the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation. The providential theme for the 2015 Grant cycle was, “The Great Outdoors.” In the spring of 2015, the Foundation awarded St. Michael’s $23,400 for the establishment of two professional pickleball courts!
In an effort to make the courts as accessible as possible, the St. Michael’s Pickleball Association was formed. Comprised of parishioners, residents of CBTS, and local pickleball enthusiasts from around north county, the mission of the Association is, “To provide an opportunity for healthy, wholesome fun to people of all ages through the wonderful sport of pickleball”!
Saturday, May 28th come celebrate the Grand Opening of the St. Michael’s by-the-Sea Pickleball Courts! Enjoy food, music, free give-aways and the option to become a member of the St. Michael’s by-the-Sea Pickleball Association!
The event is from 10:00 am – sundown and the schedule includes:
10:00 am - Dedication Ceremony
10:30 am - Exhibition Game with Alex Hamner
Seven-time National and US Open Pickleball Champion and Carlsbad local!
10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Kona Shaved Ice Truck
All proceeds will benefit St. Michael’s Pickleball Association
11:00 am - Free open play all day long
On two brand new courts!
Spread the word! Open to the whole community!
This article was written by Fr. Doran Stambaugh.