Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, and is considered the fastest growing sport in the country. Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter board member Dr. David Mandelbaum and his wife, Anna, joined us Monday on “Life.Style.Live!” to discuss their upcoming Pickleball event.
The couple takes their passion for the game and turns it into a fundraiser in honor of David’s parents, Dr. Isidore (Iz) Mandelbaum and Germaine (Gerry) Mandelbaum, both of whom died of dementia.
Mandelbaum will host the inaugural Making Memories Classic pickleball tournament July 29-31 at Craig Park in Greenwood, Indiana. The tournament will be co-hosted by Jade and Jackie Kawamoto, twin sisters who played tennis at Greenwood High School and the University of Dayton and now play for Major League Pickleball.
“I firmly believe that using the fun, excitement and competitiveness of pickleball to support such an important cause as the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia will serve to honor and commemorate my parents as they deserve it,” Mandelbaum said.
The tournament will feature round robin play on seven outdoor courts with doubles and singles events. Registration costs $30 and includes a t-shirt, player swag, and three tiers of medals. There will also be a pro exhibition match and food trucks. The deadline for registration is July 15.
“We’re looking to have between 150 and 200 players in the tournament and lots of interested spectators in the park this weekend,” Mandelbaum continued. “This will not only allow us to generate a lot of revenue, all of which will go to the Alzheimer’s Association, but also create an audience for brief presentations and announcements that we will make to provide education about dementia, our organization and the cause that we are here to support.
“We are thrilled to have Jade and Jackie Kawamoto on board to co-host this event,” said Amy Cameron, Pickleballtournaments.com. “They are nationally known pickleball players, and we believe this will help attract pickleball enthusiasts from all over Indiana and even surrounding states. It promises to be a great tournament.
The fundraising goal for the event is $25,000. Registration is available here.