Vero Beach Pickleball Courts at Pocahontas Park

$131,325 of $183,000 goal

Raised by 280 people in 3 months
Created January 29, 2019


To learn more about our club, please watch this short video. On mobile device please click on READ MORE 

FIRST PHASE: When the North courts at Pocahontas Park were built, they were installed on top of asphalt. Multiple patching of the cracks, holes, and sunken areas have proved a temporary fix; what is needed is a total renovation. All of the asphalt and concrete needs to be removed and a new surface installed. 
The complete renovation of the north courts will cost $109,730 (this phase is fully funded and construction begins June 2019) Thank you all!

SECOND PHASE: We would like to resurface the South Courts and add fencing between the courts on the south to prevent balls flying or rolling between courts. This would provide uniformity and functionality to all the courts. Additionally, we want to take the 9 foot fence between the north and south courts down to four feet and have a walk-through with a four foot gate between the courts. 

The complete renovation for the south courts will cost $27,180

THIRD PHASE: And lastly, we wish to install lights to allow for night time play. 
The cost of installing lights for six courts will cost $45,560

The entire project will cost approximately $183,000.

Pickleball University Inc. leases the courts we play on from the City. Since the city does not have funds available, our plan is to fund this three-phase project with donations from our members and friends and support from the business community. We will also pursue all available grants. To be a good steward of the funds raised, we will be asking the City for a long- term lease for Pickleball University Inc.

This is a rare opportunity to make such an impact in your hometown and area. We believe in this project so much that Pickleball University Inc. will match up to $45,000 in donated funds

As Pickleball University Inc. leases the courts to play on from the City, this endeavor benefits not only the City of Vero Beach, but also the general public. Pickleball University Inc. is a non profit (501c-7) organization so we are unable to offer your donations as tax deductible.
Donors - Individuals/Families 

The Board Of Directors is offering members and friends of the PickleU Community a chance to be a part in making this project a reality. 

We need each member to donate an average of $380 to realize our plan.

There are two options to donate.  Please feel free to donate outside of these levels. 

First: Banners listing your name or family name will be prominently shown on the court  or your
name recognition on a medal donor’s plaque and an individual Lifetime Membership in Pickleball University Inc. will be given to:

Gold Medal Donors —$10,000 plus- you will have a choice of putting your name on a 3x8 banner or your name on the medal donor’s plaque

Silver Medal Donors —$5,000 plus- you will have a choice of putting your name on a 2x6 banner or your name on the medal donor’s plaque

Bronze Medal Donors —$1,000 plus- you will have a choice of putting your name on a 2x4 banner or your name on the medal donor’s plaque

Second: On the fence on the south end of Pocahontas Park Pickleball facility, plaques will display donor’s names that contribute the following amounts.

Donors - Individuals/ Families 

· Builder -- $100~~

· Founder -- $250~~

· Cornerstone -- $500~

                                                                                 FOR BUSINESSES 

How does Pickleball effect businesses in the local Vero area? Pocahontas Park and  Pickleball is a destination, and the City of Vero is the beneficiary. With having 480 plus members and growing, these members patronize restaurants, grocery stores, gas, banks, retail stores and businesses that provide specialized services.

In addition, once a month, we hold a Happy Hour at different locations. With up to 80 members participating, each location gets great exposure, for future visits by members.  Finally we hold tournaments bringing in an additional 400 players from 6 states and all over Florida for several days at a time. It is an opportunity for businesses to shine, and we are a very loyal group to our sponsors.

Donors - Business Only

Platinum Medal Business Donors —$20,000 plus— A 4x8 banner with your business name and
You will need to provide all the information directly to us ready to go to the printers

Gold Medal Business Donors —$10,000 plus — A 3x8 banner with your business name and logo You will need to provide all the information directly to us ready to go to the printers.

Silver Medal Business Donors —$5,000 plus —A 2x6 banner with your business name and logoYou will need to provide all the information directly to us ready to go to the printers.

Bronze Medal Business Donors 1,000 plus —A  2x4 banner with your business name and
You will need to provide all the information directly to us ready to go to the printers.

For a Medal Business donation you will receive:
1. Your company's name and logo  on our website PickleU.com as a sponsor. Please provide us with a photo of your logo sized at 
200 X 200 pixels
2. Your business name and logo on a banner on the courts year round.
3. You will be mentioned in our Monthly Newsletter
4. Your company featured on our Facebook Pickleball University Inc. group page that reaches
over 2100 subscribers.

Donors - Business Only

Cornerstone ~~$500~~

Founder ~~$250~~

Builder ~~$100~~

Your company will have a plaque displayed with your business name and amount donated on the fence of the south end of Pocahontas Park Pickleball .


                                                                          How to Give

You can safely give online through GoFundMe or mail a check to:
          Pickleball University Inc,
          PO Box 1372
         Vero Beach, Florida  32960
Contribute to us directly and we save the 2.9% + $.30 transaction  fee.  
Your donation will go in its entirety to our projects, while still appearing on the GoFundMe page.
We will provide a receipt for all donations. 

Please fill out the form for your banner,  plaque or medal by visiting  PickleU.com /forms  
Any questions email us at:  play@pickleu.com

We won't likely have another chance to do something like this in our neighborhood. We all love Pickleball, and this is our one opportunity to do it right. Let’s do this!!!

All funds given through GoFundMe will be deposited in the Pickleball University Inc. Fundraising checking account and used for this project.

                                                                         MISSION STATEMENT:

The Mission of Pickleball University Inc. is to promote Pickleball throughout the communities and schools for the enjoyment, health, and social interaction, by offering and making available avenues for organized recreational, competitive play, and development of all players and to continue to enhance and expand our program and facilities.  For more information about our club visit our website: PickleU.com  

A photo of a previously patched north court shows that we need total reconstruction. Patching has failed. 


This short interview with Kyle Yates was recorded on March 17, 2019 at our Gamma Vero Beach Centennial Tournament. The tournament  was held on the Pocahontas Park courts and attracted well over 400 participants and, as Kyle noted, a  sizable number of spectators.

Kyle is a multiple-time National Champion and picked up the sport while still in high school in Fort Myers, Florida.

Listen to how he describes our freshly patched courts and how it adversely effects play. Kyle also speaks to the need for fencing between courts on the south side.  Our plan includes adding those fences during the second phase of our project.

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So someone else besides Gary Carmichael likes round numbers. Happy to report our GoFundMe has raised a total $86,000 as of April 22nd. Thanks to all that have been able to help. Please spread the word amongst your friends and also businesses that might be willing to donate.
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Thanks so much to Jen Martin of Keller Williams Real Estate in Vero Beach for you generosity.
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April 9th - What a great start. We have raised over $30,500 for our courts projects. Thanks to all that have given and to those that will. This is just the beginning. The PickleU. group is a great big family and we are all fortunate having the pleasure of being part of it.
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Day 2 is winding down. We now have received $8260 in donations and PickleU. has matched $5000 to give us a total of $13260. We have had donations ranging from $40 to many giving $100 to $500, $1000 and a $2000 donation. Please visit our GoFundMe page and see what our vision is for Pocahontas Park and how it will benefit our club and its members.
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Created January 29, 2019
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