The pickleball craze is coming to the North Shore to benefit Northeast Arc.
The sport, which combines aspects of tennis, badminton and ping pong, has become a nationwide sensation, in large part because it is a game for all ages. Northeast Arc is hoping that popularity will translate into a successful fundraiser when the Pickleball for a Purpose event will be held at St. John’s Prep June 11-12.
There will be competition in men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles on tennis courts that will be converted to pickleball courts for the tournament. The Prep also has an indoor field house that would be available in the case of inclement weather.
Players will pay to participate in Pickleball for a Purpose, and while they are on the St. John’s campus they will have access to information about Northeast Arc services and programs.
Patti Cusack, who is coordinating Pickleball for a Purpose, said the event is about raising awareness as much as financial support.
“We want to make people familiar with Northeast Arc and all the programs it offers,” said Cusack, the mother of a son with autism and a member of the Northeast Arc board of directors. “I’m very passionate about Northeast Arc and their amazing work and transformative programs.”
Cusack is hoping that the popularity of pickleball will result in greater exposure for Northeast Arc’s mission.
“It’s a different type of fundraiser and a way to reach a different audience,” said Cusack, an Ipswich resident who is involved in the planning for an affordable housing community in Rowley for seniors and people with autism.
Visit ne-arc.org/pickleball and sign up for the Pickleball for a Purpose mailing list to stay updated on this great event.