Making History on the Courts: Inaugural St. Paddle’s Day Pickleball Tournament Raises Funds for United Way

History was made as 72 players, comprising 36 Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Doubles teams, came together to participate in the inaugural St. Paddle’s Day Pickleball Tournament, benefiting the United Way. Hosted at Dick Bird Park, this event brought together pickleball enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels for a day of spirited competition and community support.

Under the expert guidance of Tournament Director Dereck Prince, players engaged in a round-robin mixer, with teams divided into two brackets based on their experience levels. From ages 12 to 60+, participants showcased their skills and passion for the sport in an atmosphere of camaraderie and sportsmanship.

In a thrilling display of talent, the father-son duo of Mark and Milo Berger took home the gold medal in the 3.5+ Division while Noah Johnson and Abigail Mooney emerged victorious in the 2-3 Division, securing a gold medal for their outstanding performance. Award winners were rewarded with Bread & Butter pickleball paddle sets and paddles, while those who experienced the unique fate of being “pickled” (scoring 0) took home generous jars of pickles graciously donated by Publix Super Markets.

The event was not only about competition but also about celebrating the spirit of giving back.  A heartfelt thank you goes out to our Silver Sponsors for their invaluable support: Boston Retail Solutions, In Motion, Kmetz Elwell Graham and Associates, and Schlitt Services.

Amidst the intense matches, the atmosphere was vibrant with a music playlist curated by Doolin Dalton, yard games, and even tricycles from the annual Trike Wars Block Party for both spectators and participants to enjoy.

Adding to the excitement, a raffle featuring coveted prizes such as sneakers and gear from Runner’s Depot, a Bread & Butter paddle set, and entry to the United Way Citrus Golf Tournament provided additional opportunities for attendees to win big and support a worthy cause.

The success of the inaugural St. Paddle’s Day Pickleball Tournament would not have been possible without the dedication and enthusiasm of all participants, volunteers, sponsors, and organizers. Together, we made a meaningful difference in supporting the vital work of the United Way in our community.

For more information about upcoming events and initiatives, please visit or contact Jessica Schmitt, Director of Philanthropy, at (772) 567-8900, or [email protected].

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