Pickleball Park Improvements for East Naples Community Park

Dear Pickleball Friends,

Exciting news! Today Collier County Commissioners unanimously accepted the master plan for East Naples Community Park!

We would like to thank all of those who came out to support us and to all of those who couldn’t be in attendance but still support us.

We will immediately be planning to add 10 new pickleball courts and upgrade the electrical power needs for future building in the park.
Some things you can look forward to as we move ahead:

  • Welcome Center
  • New Bathrooms
  • New Pro Shop
    Locker Rooms
  • Restaurant
  • New Maintenance Building
  • And More!

We are excited to start the design process within the next week.
Again, thank you al for your support! Exciting days ahead and good things to come at East Naples Community Park!
Jim, Carol, Terry, Chris and Staff


Help Immokalee students travel to Charlotte, NC for Spring Break

My name is Scott Rickard I am a Science teacher and the Head Coach of the boy’s lacrosse team at Immokalee High School. Every year we take our team on a Spring Break trip and this year we will be traveling to Charlotte, NC making stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to play lacrosse games. While in Charlotte we will volunteer at a food pantry, play more lacrosse games, participate in team building activities and visit colleges located in NC.

As you know the Immokalee community is a low-income community and this is an opportunity that the Immokalee student -athletes might not otherwise get a chance to experience. Any support you could provide in helping us achieve our goal would be greatly appreciated! All donations are currently being doubled by DICK’s Sporting goods. I have attached the link to our project below:


Thank you in advance,

Scott Rickard

Head Lacrosse Coach

Immokalee High School

Cell (239) 289-5148

Immokalee Lacrosse Website<http://www.immokaleelacrosse.com/>

Naples Golden Eagles Baseball Golf Classic

Hammock Bay Welcomes the 2019 Naples Golden Eagles Baseball Golf Classic

Saturday, June 29, 2019 8:30AM
Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club
1370 Borghese Ln, Naples, FL 34114

$100 per player Scramble Format
Includes Lunch

*All proceeds to benefit the Naples High School Baseball Team*

Thank you!

Go Eagles!!

**Please email all foursomes with Player Names to
Coach Jimmy Nocera at jnoceranyy@aol.com

Travel Matters to Jobs.

Travel’s Role in Achieving the American Dream

For millions of Americans, a career in the travel industry is not just a first job, but the first step toward the American dream of a stable, prosperous and rewarding life with a competitive salary for employees and their families. Travel jobs are accessible, often providing the first foothold on the career ladder, the flexibility to pursue education or raise a family and opportunities to reenter the workforce.

Made in America: Travel’s Contribution to Workforce Development and Career Advancement explores how travel industry jobs provide opportunities and a path to prosperity for millions of Americans.

Travel jobs are a gateway to capturing the American dream.

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  • Americans whose first job was in travel went on to earn a maximum average salary of $82,400 by the time they were 50 years old—higher than workers whose first jobs were in manufacturing, health care and most other industries.1
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Entrepreneurship is a key driver of prosperity and competitiveness in the U.S.

  •  The skills gained through travel industry employment inspire entrepreneurship, particularly for women. Of women who started their career in the travel industry, 14% now consider themselves an entrepreneur; the same percentage are business owners.4


US OPEN Pickleball Championships Return to Naples

Fourth Annual Event Hosts Over Two Thousand Athletes
NOTE: See links below for Video B-Roll and Photos

Naples, Fla. (April 25, 2019)– The Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships<https://usopenpickleballchampionship.com/index.html> returns to East Naples Community Park from April 27 through May 4 with a field of 2,161 players from 46 states and 15 countries. The field is a mixture of pickleball pro and amateur players. The oldest registered player is 86 and the youngest is 10.

Several well-known personalities from the world of sports are registered to play in this year’s tournament. They are golf coach Hank Haney, best-known for coaching Tiger Woods early in his career, and Rich Cho of the NBA. He was recently named V.P. of basketball strategy for the Memphis Grizzlies and previously served seven seasons as the General Manager of the Charlotte Hornets.

CBS Sports Network will film the Pro Finals on Saturday, May 4 for coverage that airs May 24 at 7 p.m. Thanks to returning title sponsor Minto and its growing list of Latitude Margaritaville retirement communities, SiriusXM’s Radio Margaritaville will broadcast live from the event on May 4.

Minto hosts its annual Margaritaville Party in the Park event on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music, food, and free admission for the public watch pickleball pro players warming up through the day on the Zing Zang Championship Court.

Tickets for Championship Court matches are sold out, but all other matches throughout the tournament can be viewed for free on the park’s many pickleball courts. Spectators can also visit for free daily to enjoy the vendor village and free live music and party atmosphere every afternoon.

The event is sponsored in part by the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB), which views the tournament as a proven economic driver for the area.

“Having this event in Naples has made us the “Pickleball Capital of the World,” said Jack Wert, executive director of the CVB. “Last year’s event attracted over 2,000 players and 10,000 spectators and more are coming this year. The media exposure on CBS Sports Network and Radio Margaritaville will show Florida’s Paradise Coast as a great place to visit to huge audiences.”

East Naples Community Park, host site for the event, has 58 total pickleball courts with 54 of those configured for use in the tournament, plus the Zing Zang Championship Court where high-visibility matches are played. All courts were recently upgraded by Collier County Parks and Recreation and are ready to host the highest level of play.

For details on the daily schedule of tournament events and the afternoon entertainment schedule visit usopenpickleballchampionships.com.<https://usopenpickleballchampionship.com/index.html>


Media Resources:

US OPEN Pickleball B-Roll & Photos: https://www.cleanpix.com/cleanpix/portal/W1WN7-Zk1-79K

Live Tournament Updates, Photos, Videos: www.usopenpickleball.info<http://www.usopenpickleball.info>

Facebook Live Tournament Streaming: https://www.facebook.com/pickleballchannel/

Pickleball Press: Issued daily during tournament with highlighted stories, photos from previous day: www.usopenpickleball.info/daily-press.html<http://www.usopenpickleball.info/daily-press.html>

Media Contacts:

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

Jack Wert, jackwert@colliergov.net<mailto:jackwert@colliergov.net>, 239-252-2402 US OPEN Pickleball Championships Terri Graham, terri@usopenpickleball.com<mailto:terri@usopenpickleball.com>, 239-777-2969



Youth Sports Sefety Conference a Success

It was truly honor for the Sports Council to be part of this outstanding group of professionals that delivered the Youth Sports Safety Conference on April 10 & 13 to sports coaches & concerned parents.

Topics included:

  • Concussion
  • Dehydration
  • Heat stroke
  • Stop the bleed
  • CPR

In addition topics included gaining that mental edge in sports.

We have so many amazing people in our community who want to make a positive difference by protecting our young people.

Lets show our appreciation by supporting these initiatives.

Winston White


Collier County Sports Council

Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships Powered by Margaritaville Wins Sports Tourism Award

NAPLES, Fla., March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships Powered by Margaritaville, a world-class, international competition, return to East Naples Community Park in Naples, Florida, has been named a Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management Magazine.

Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, honors top-earning sports events each year. Tournaments create an economic ‘win’ for the cities hosting them by increasing business in hotels, shops, restaurants and attractions, by generating sales of products relating to the tournament, and by growing awareness of communities as sports and vacation destinations.

The 2018 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships Powered by Margaritaville had a total economic impact of $4,500,000, creating an economic boon for Collier County. It additionally generated 9,429 room nights, making it one of the year’s top earners, and brought in approximately 11,000 spectators and 2200 participants.

The event, sponsored by the Minto Communities, additionally brings in visitors who are interested in relocating to the Naples, Florida, area. The company offers new homes on the Isles of Collier, many of which are adjacent to the East Naples Community Park. Minto Homes also has eight private pickleball courts for residents’ use. They also have created the #1 over 55 community with Latitude Margaritaville properties in Daytona Beach, Hilton Head, and more to be announced.

All winners of awards were recognized in a special feature in Sports Destination Management. The entire article with full details on the winners listed below can also be found online along with a special feature on economic impact.

Read Now: Article on Winners

Read Now: Article on Economic Impact and Trends in Sports Tourism

The Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships have been exceeding organizers’ expectations ever since the inaugural event. The event has continued to surpass its own records each year, and this year, will see more than 2,200 athletes coming from 48 states and 16 countries.

This year’s event sold out in all registration categories in only three hours, something no other racquet or paddle sport – and few other sports of any kind – can claim.

“We are really honored to have been recognized as one of the 2018 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism,” stated Terri Graham, the event’s founder. “Each year, the tournament has grown, drawing an increasingly competitive field. We are also pleased at the way our expo has been growing each year.”

The upcoming event, to be held April 27-May 4, 2019, has already sold out and is on track to be another economic success, says Graham.

Background Information:
Minto US OPEN PickleballChampionships: The Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships is organized by Spirit Promotions, LLC, a company formed by Terri Graham, president, and Chris Evon, executive director, in 2015.
Information on the Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships is available on the event’s website, usopenpickleball.com, where visitors can also sign up for e-mail updates about the tournament. For sponsor or other information, e-mail Terri Graham at terri(at)usopenpickleball.com.