Villages Pickleball is hot! No, not the temperature, but Club growth and participation. Our membership has grown by over 60% so far this year, with new members joining weekly. We’re now averaging 35 court reservations per week; there would be more if had more time slots available!
- 2.815 million players
- Catalyst: a surging professional game
- Increase in TV Contracts and professional endorsements
- Larger prize purses and incentive pools
- Tremendous opportunity for cities, facilities, pro-shops, teachers, and more
Naples Daily News (Florida)
When Chad Edwards and Simone Jardim uprooted their life in Michigan and moved to Naples two years ago, the husband and wife were betting on pickleball.
Edwards ran a baseball academy in East Lansing, while Jardim was the women’s tennis coach at Michigan State. But after playing in the 2016 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, the couple – already addicted to the sport – saw the game’s potential in Southwest Florida.
The bet paid off. Edwards and Jardim now run the academy at the largest pickleball facility in the country at East Naples Community Park. They’re at the forefront of helping the sport infuse with the DNA of Naples.