Lights for MVP pickleball courts

$3,805 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 11 months
Created September 11, 2018
Pikes Peak Pickleball Association (PPPA) is working with the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services department to get lights installed at the Pickleball courts at Monument Valley Park.  This would provide more hours of play during the shorter days in the winter as well as more night play during hot summer months.  MVP is a premier site for Pickleball in Colorado, boasting 15 dedicated post-tension concrete courts.  

We are asking for your help to provide funding to accomplish the installation of lights on the courts at Monument Valley Park.  Remember, your donations are tax deductible as you are donating to Pikes Peak Pickleball Association which is a non-profit organization.

Pickleball, the "Fastest Growing Sport in America", is a racket Sport likened to playing ping-pong on a tennis court. This Sport appeals to all age and skill levels and provides a healthy and socially interactive environment for all.  Here is a link to the CBS Early Show that demonstrates this fast-growing Sport: 

About the association:

The Pikes Peak Pickleball Association (PPPA) is one of the largest nonprofit Pickleball organizations in Colorado.  PPPA serves a charitable and educational purpose by enhancing the health and welfare of the general public in El Paso County, Colorado, through the sport of pickleball. The Association's mission includes reducing the financial burden of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department of the City of Colorado Springs for the construction, improvements and maintenance of pickleball courts, and promoting the sport of pickleball through its extensive educational activities. Such activities include but are not limited to: sponsoring and conducting amateur pickleball tournaments, offering pickleball exhibitions, free lessons, skill training, and instructional play. 

PPPA has now 930 registered local members (approximately 520 female and 410 male) ranging in age from 9 to 89. This highly addictive aerobic sport provides significant social and health benefits particularly to more senior players who may no longer have the incentive nor physical mobility to play other more rigorous sports like tennis or racket ball.

Accomplishments, awards, and victories:

PPPA's model Education & Training program is one of the most comprehensive and professional in this county. This year through the PPPA pickleball Outreach program, PPPA instructor teams will give free lessons to over 400 individuals. It has provided pickleball training in elementary school PE classes, conducted pickleball "kids camps" including refereed youth tournaments, and supported pickleball training for "wounded warriors" and handicapped "wheelchair competitions". This in addition to conducting PPPA weekly advanced education and training activities for its members. This world-class education and training program includes Guided Play (basic skill and strategy development), multiple skill-level Round Robin leagues (social focus), skill-based Ladder Play (advanced competitive skill development), Skills & Drills Clinics across all skill levels (2.0-5.0), and formal Referee & Line Judge training and certification.

Our Association is managed by an 8-person all-volunteer Board of Directors which oversees the work of 16 active volunteer committees.  Based on PPPA committee-level timekeeping records, in 2017 our members volunteered 11,600 hours in support of our Association and its non-profit mission. This included 4,400 volunteer hours for our two major PPPA-hosted tournaments in July and September (the Rocky Mountain State Games and Great Plains Regional pickleball tournaments, respectively).   

In 2016, 2017 and 2018, PPPA hosted the Great Plains Regional Pickleball tournaments at the Monument Valley Pickleball courts.  Starting 10 months out, over 200 PPPA volunteers planned and organized this event that in 2017 attracted 400 registered players and their friends and families from 24 States, Canada and Mexico (up from 342 the year before). And again in 2018, this tournament hosted 450 players from 26 States, Canada and Mexico.  Based on the CoS Convention and Visitors Bureau model and PPPA direct surveys of visiting players, tourism-related economic benefit for each of these past and future tournaments generates $370,000 to $400,000 annually in local tourism-related benefit from hotel, restaurant and local attractions resulting from visiting Pickleball players and their accompanying friends and family members.

What the funds are needed for:

An earlier player survey done at the original 9 Monument Valley Park (MVP) pickleball courts showed 2073 player visits during the month of May. They played a total of 4770 hours in 30 days—an average of 69 pickleball players per day at MVP playing 2.3 hours per day. 

Based on overwhelming demand for safe, dedicated and maintainable pickleball courts; in 2015 and 2016, PPPA raised $231,000 in private and corporate donations and sponsorships to help fund the dedicated $600,000 world-class 15-court Pickleball venue at MVP.  Given the rapid growth of our Sport, today during summer months on weekends it is not unusual to have 60 players playing doubles on the 15 MVP Pickleball courts at one time, with another 15-20 players waiting their turn to rotate in for a game !!

With over 900 local members (and growing by 100’s each year), the challenge is lack of places to play and numbers of available courts to support this ever-growing Pickleball player demand. Providing lighting for the Pickleball courts at MVP is one way to gain added court capacity year-around to meet the growing court demands of this Sport.  
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$3,805 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 11 months
Created September 11, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Pikes Peak Pickleball Association
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