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Why Pickleball?

PLAY FOR THE CAUSE.

By playing in the Classic, you will be raising funds for Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania.

With the help of local sponsors and national pickleball vendors, the GAMMA Pickleball Classic will become a major tourism event and one of the largest pickleball tournaments in the country, positively impacting the lives of thousands battling Parkinson’s disease.


Andrew Leighton
Arlington, VA

Learn how pickleball is changing Andy’s life in addition to many others living with Parkinson’s


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THE IDEAL ACTIVITY TO FIGHT PARKINSON’S

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports, especially for Baby Boomers, in the country. It is also outstanding therapy for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their loved ones. Pickleball combines hand and eye coordination with simple movement that has helped thousands with PD manage their symptoms and continue to live a normal life. A cross between tennis, badminton and ping pong, it is played on a regulation court with specially designed paddles and balls. Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles, inside or out-of-doors. Pickleball promises to change your life, coming to a court near you.

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BENEFITS OF PICKLEBALL

Folks are turning to Pickleball all over the country, as a way to stay active and help manage symptoms.

A lot of men might spend three days a week pumping iron or shooting hoops...but you'll find Doug Manuel and his buddies playing pickleball
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Exercise is a realistic and practical way to fight Parkinson’s disease.
American Parkinson Disease Association

Pickleball allowed him to stay off meds for about a year or so, and because it keeps him moving, it keeps his symptoms at bay.
Laurel Beitsinger
Discussing husband’s experience with Parkinson’s & Pickleball

PARKINSON’S & PICKLEBALL

 

Pickleball for Parkinson's Program

The Marion Diehl Recreation Center is offering Pickleball for Parkinson's, a weekly program for those living with PD.
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Passport Play - Pickleball for Parkinson's

Wendy Renz discovered her love of pickleball after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 50 years old.
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Margaret and Tom Melander

Husband and wife, Tom and Margaret Melander, are serving Parkinson's on the pickleball court.
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Pickleball for Parkinson's

Can Pickleball Help Someone Who Has Parkinson's? You Bet.
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Parkinson’s Gets “Served” on the Pickleball Court

Margaret Melander experiences less Parkinson’s symptoms through Pickleball.
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Harold Ramsden another man on the court

Harold describes how pickleball helps him battle Parkinson’s disease.
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New sport of Pickleball appeals to North Georgians

Senior residents describe how pickleball is an asset to their retirement community.
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Shoreview courts pickleballers with new facilities as game booms

Pickleball players are raving about new courts and friendships.
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Pebble Creek Pickleball Health Benefits

Pickleball Players give first-hand accounts of pickleball and wellness.
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Videos to learn why Pickleball has become the best sport to help fight Parkinson’s disease.

Vimeo: “Pickleball Smashes Parkinson’s Disease”

YouTube: “Battling Parkinson’s on the Pickleball Court”

YouTube: “Pickleball Ken Speaks about Margaret and her Parkinson’s”

WHERE TO PLAY PICKLEBALL IN PITTSBURGH

For your convenience, here is a list of available courts. As time and availability may vary, please contact the venue directly. PFWPA encourages you and your loved ones to get involved and start your own league.

Bethel Park Community Center: 5151 Park Avenue 15102 3 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est. 30. Open to Public Contact: Cathy Muscato Phone: 412-851-2910 Schedule: Mon. 9:30-12, Wed. & Fri. 12:30-2:30 Pickleball players of all levels welcome. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://bethelpark.net/community_center_home.cfm to learn more.

Rose E Schneider Family YMCA Cranberry Township: 2001 Ehrman Road 16066 6 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est 40. Member Contact: Brad Pontius Phone: 724-452-9122 x217     Mon 9-11, 3 courts 11-3, 6 courts. Tues. 11-1 3 courts, Wed, Thurs., & Fri. same as Mon. Fee: Free to members. $10 for guests. Comment: Summer Pickleball Schedule: Mon. 11-3, 3 courts, Wed. 6 P.M.-9 P.M, 6 courts, Thurs. & Fri. 11-3, 3 courts. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://rose.bcfymca.org/ to learn more.

Keystone Health Club East Pittsburgh: 655 Braddock Ave 15112 1 Indoor Pickleball Court Player Est. 8 Member Contact: Gail Evans-Potter Phone: 412-349-0777 Schedule: Sun. 12-3 Tues. 11-2 Fri. 1-4 Fee: Free to members. $6 drop-in fee. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://www.keystonehealthclub.com/ to learn more.

Sampson Family YMCA Holiday Park: 2200 Route 286 15239 3 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est. 8 Member. Contact: Mike Monstrola Phone: 724-327-4667 Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday 1-3. Friday 7:00 P.M.-8:45 P.m. Fee: Free to members. $5 for guests. This is a new site and needs all levels of pickleball players. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://www.ymcaofpittsburgh.org/sampson/ to learn more.

Indiana County YMCA Indiana: 60 N Ben Franklin Rd 15701 3 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est. 28 Member. Contact: Sara McLay Phone: 724-463-9622 Schedule: MWF 1:00-3:00 PM and Thursday 7:00-8:30 PM Fee: none. YMCA membership required. Guests are allowed with limitation. Call for updated schedule. Visit     to learn more.

Monroeville Community Park West: 2399 Tilbrook Rd 15146 2 Outdoor, 2 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est. 20 Public Contact: Maria Piantanida Phone: 412-241-2747 Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 9:00- 12:00, Tues. 5 to dusk Outside tennis courts lined for pickleball play. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://www.monroeville.pa.us/parks/monroeville_west.htm to learn more.

SportsZone Murrysville: 4491 School Road South 15668 3 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est 12 Public Contact: Jim and Janet Troxell Phone: 724-325-1359 Schedule: Monday & Thursday 9:30 to 11:30 AM Fee: $4 drop in. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://murrysvillesportzone.com/ to learn more.

Allegheny Valley YMCA Natrona Heights: 5021 Freeport Rd 15065 4 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est. 20 Public Contact: James Kuhn Phone: 724-295-9400 Schedule: Wednesdays 1pm-5pm, and Fridays 1pm -5pm Fee: $5 for non-Allegheny Valley YMCA members. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://www.avymca.org/ to learn more.

New Castle YMCA: 20 West Washington Street 16101 3 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est. 30 Member Contact: Terri Flynn Phone: 724.612.6906 Schedule: Mon. 7-9:30pm and Thur. 7-9:30pm Fee: $40 for 7 weeks or free with Y membership try it 3 times with a Y guest pass for free. All skill levels of pickleball players welcome. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://www.ncymca.org/ to learn more.

Shenango Township Park New Castle: Route 65 16101 2 Outdoor Pickleball Courts Player Est 12 Public Contact: Mickey Dorman Phone: 724- 622-5602 Schedule: Wed. & Thur. 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Some afternoon play also, call for times. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://shenangotownship.com/index.html to learn more.

JCC of Greater Pittsburgh: 5738 Forbes Avenue 2 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est 4 Public Contact: Alan Mallinger Phone: 412-697-3500 Schedule: Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00am – 12:00pm in the Robinson Gym Fee: No fee for JCC or JCC registered Silver Sneaker Members. $5 for guests. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://jccpgh.org/ to learn more.

Penn Hills YMCA Pittsburgh: 11817 Frankstown Rd 15235 3 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est. 24 Public Contact: Maria Piantanida Phone: 412-241-2747 Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 10:00- 1:00 AM, Fee: Sliver Sneaker Free / YMCA member free/all others $5 per day/ $32 per month. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://www.ymcaofpittsburgh.org/ to learn more.

Ross Community Center Pittsburgh: 1000 Ross Municipal Drive 3 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est 20 Public Contact: Pam Phone: 412-931-7055 Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 1-3 Fee: $4 residents, $5 nonresidents Comment: Play is rally scoring to 11, win by 2. Call for updated schedule. Visit     http://www.ross.pa.us/ross-municipal-center-park to learn more.

JCC South Hills Scott Township: 345 Kane Blvd 15243 2 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est 30 Public Contact: Elaine Cappucci Phone: 412-278-1975 Schedule: Drop in – 1st & 3rd Sunday month Noon-3PM Pickleball Court rental for members (Tues), Clinics Sept- May (Tues) Fee: $2/member, $4/nonmember. All levels of pickleball players welcome, equipment provided. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://jccpgh.org/ to learn more.

Baierl Family YMCA Sewickley: 2565 Nicholson Rd 15143 2 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est 10 Member Contact: Jim Evanochko or Scott Desmond Phone: 724-934-9622 Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-11:00, Sunday 1:00-2:30 Fee: Free to members. $5 for guests. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://www.ymcaofpittsburgh.org/ to learn more.

Sewickley Valley YMCA: 625 Blackburn RD 15143 2 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est 10 Member Contact: Karen Hallisey Phone: 412-741-9622 Schedule: Monday & Friday 10-12, Wednesday 10-1 Fee: Free to members. $5 for guests. Call for updated schedule. Visit https://www.sewickleyymca.org/ to learn more.

Pennsylvania Tennis Academy Wexford: 119 Neely School Rd. 15090 2 Indoor Pickleball Courts Player Est 8 Member Contact: Kelly Phone: 724-799-8450 Schedule: Monday through Friday 11-3. September-May only Fee: $30 per month, $5 drop in fee. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://www.patennisacademy.com/ to learn more.

Greenfield Citiparks Rec Center: 745 Greenfield Avenue, 15217 PA 2 indoor courts. Contact: Ed Ulrich Phone: 412-422-6551 Schedule: Monday & Thursday 10:00 A.M.-noon Fee: No Fee. Also known as Magee Recreation Center. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/magee  to learn more.

Laurie Ann West Community Center: 1220 Powers Run Road, 15238 PA 2 indoor courts. Contact: Kathy Demetri Phone: 412-760-6520 Schedule: September through May - Mondays & Fridays, Open Gym Pickleball 9am-11am Fee: Members $0, Non-Members (Fox Chapel Residents) $5; Non-Members (non-Fox Chapel Resident $10) You can also call the LAWCC at 412-828-8566 for more information and schedules. Call for updated schedule. Visit https://lauriannwestcc.org/ to learn more.

101 West Penn Citiparks: 450 30th Street, 15219 3 indoor courts. Contact: Steve Rothhaar Phone: 412-622-7353 Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-3 Fee: $3 a day or 5 sessions for $10 Comment: floors have been redone. Ready for players. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/west-penn to learn more.

Ormsby Citiparks Rec Center: 79 S. 22nd Street, 15203 PA 2 indoor courts. Contact: Erin Phone: 412-488-8306 Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-11:30 Fee: No fee Comment: Brand new site. On street parking. Call for updated schedule. Visit http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/ormsby to learn more.

Richard G. Snyder YMCA: 1150 N. Water St. Kittanning 16201. Free to members. Contact: Liza Brochetti Phone: 724-664-6828 Call for updated schedule. Visit http://rgsymca.org/ to learn more.

Lancaster Tennis & Yacht Club: 2615 Columbia Ave Lancaster 17603. Contact: Bill Witmer Phone: 717 392-7826 Call for updated schedule. Visit http://www.lancastertennisandyachtclub.com/ to learn more.

Uniontown YMCA: 1 ymca lane Uniontown 15401 Contact: Lester Frye Phone: 724-963-0219 Call for updated schedule. Visit http://uniontownymca.org/ to learn more.

The Edgewood Club: One Pennwood Avenue Pittsburgh 15218 Contact: Ron Gallagher Phone: 412-731-3443 Call for updated schedule. Visit http://www.edgewoodclub.com/ to learn more.

Buhl Community Rec Center: 28 Pine St Sharon PA 16146 Contact: Terri Flynn Phone: 724-612-6906 Call for updated schedule. Visit http://www.buhlcommunityreccenter.com/ to learn more.

You’ve registered for the tournament,

NOW PLAY FOR THE CAUSE!

Did you know that you can raise extra funds for the Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania just by registering with Crowdrise.com? It’s quick and easy to get started.

We are determined to show the Parkinson’s community that pickleballers are compassionate people. So if you don’t win on the court, you can win prizes as one of the top tournament fundraisers. Just follow these simple steps on Crowdrise.com, the world’s #1 fundraising site for charitable and personal causes.

Step 1: Visit https://www.crowdrise.com/pickleballclassic2017

Step 2: Click the SET UP your fundraiser button.

Step 3: Then click START YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER.

Play-for-the-Cause-InstructionsStep 4: FILL IN 3 FIELDS. Create a name for your fundraiser, pick a fundraising goal (anything helps!) and say why you are raising funds. Your fundraising page will then be made available on Crowdrise.com where your supporters can choose your team and donate on your behalf.

Step 5: SHARE YOUR LINK with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors through e-mail or social media.

Step 6: Be recognized at the tournament as a SUPER FUNDRAISER! WIN PRIZES.

All proceeds will support the mission and programs of Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania. PFWPA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the needs of the Parkinson’s community in Western PA and the tri-state area. Thank you for helping! Call us with any questions. 412.837.2542.

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Pickleball Steering Committee

Please see the contacts below for questions via email. Phone inquiries can be directed to Mike Wertz and Alyssa Petroplus 412.642.3971.

Questions regarding brackets, registration and competition can be directed to Terri at 724-612-6906 or Diane at 412-760-9353.

Tournament Co-chairs
Michael Wertz, michaelwertz@appleboxstudios.com
Wayne Dollard, wayne@icmags.com

Tournament Co-Executive Directors
Lou Sherfinski, lou.sherfinski@gmail.com
Sally Sherfinski, sally.sherfinski@gmail.com

Pickleball Clinic
Wayne Dollard, wayne@icmags.com
Leo Vighetti, leovighetti@gmail.com

Vendor Relations
Michael Wertz, michaelwertz@appleboxstudios.com

Registration & Bracket Management
Terri Flynn, terrimflynn2013@gmail.com

Nets, Court Layout & Setup
Chuck Vietmeier, chuck.vietmeier@gammasports.com
Bob Unetich, ITSRMU@aol.com

Volunteers
Molly Boras, molly.boras@gammasports.com
Monica Saparito, m1sap1@gmail.com

Rules & Referees
Bob Unetich, itsrmu@aol.com

Sponsorship Relations
Michael Wertz, michaelwertz@appleboxstudios.com

Swag Bags & Volley Challenge
Laurel & Barry Beitsinger, bbeits@aol.com

Fundraising, Silent Auction & Raffle
Barbara Farrell, bfarrell@pfwpa.org
MJ Meenen, mjmeenen@pfwpa.org

Competition Desk Supervision
Bill Billeter, wwbill4@yahoo.com
Diane Unetich, dunetich@aol.com

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