It was during a vacation to Naples, Florida in early 2022 that owners Mike and Marty first played pickleball, the sport that seems to be exploding in popularity across North America and beyond. Both Mike and Marty had seen pickleball before in arenas during their kids’ hockey practices, but had never really taken it seriously.
While touring around Naples on vacation, they came across the East Naples Community Park, home of the US Open Pickleball Championships. They couldn’t believe their eyes – the facility’s 65 courts were full to the brim! What was all the excitement about?
With rackets in their hands and a humbling game lost against some friendly seniors, they soon realized that this was the start of a lifelong love affair with the sport.
Mike and Marty had fallen in love with pickleball, and wanted to bring their love for it home to Hespeler for their whole community to enjoy. This sport was easy to learn, exciting, and fun. But above all, it had the potential to become something big in their little corner of the world.