The Play For Life Foundation is dedicated to improving the health, minds and lives of Youth, Veterans and First Responders. Play For Life works within our community to provide the many mental and physical benefits of pickleball to those who may not have the resources or access to participate in The Pickleball Club.
We are striving to get our youth off of video games and smart phones, while addressing the youth obesity problem with real solutions. Our youth program is targeted at high school athletic directors in Sarasota and Manatee counties. We encourage them to incorporate pickleball in their athletic programs. Since funding is always an issue, we donate a tailored kit filled with paddles, balls and nets. We even Train the Trainer – providing the athletic director instruction in game rules and how to train their students.
Our Program helps disabled veterans, those suffering from PTSD, as well as, honoring those who have served. We are establishing special programs with the Sarasota & Manatee Veteran Commissions for veterans to play both at their meeting place and our facility. Pickleball is easy for everyone to play and easier than most activities for the disabled. Pickleball is a great release for those with PTSD.
The game can be played in a wheelchair or with limited mobility. We provide court time and equipment to veterans, particularly those individuals with catastrophic disabilities resulting from their service to our country.
Pickleball provides many mental and physical benefits. We provide these benefits to fire, police, sheriff deputies and EMTs who need a physical outlet. We will have remote and special programs at the facility for them. We will be developing special competition events between firehouses and law enforcement regions.