GET in the G . A . M . E .
By Taylor Taylor
As a former tennis player , Social Worker and LOVER of Pickleball , PPR Clinician Taylor Taylor set out to define and develop the “ perfect combination ” of all of the above .
Taylor began playing , competing in , and studying the game of Pickleball several years ago . She wanted to be involved on a deeper level . As we all know , Pickleball is the “ perfect ” sport . It provides opportunity for inter-generational socialization , community building , physical activity , confidence boosting and simple , good ‘ ole FUN ! Therein lies half of the “ perfect combination ”.
What if we took Pickleball and relational development into communities that might lack opportunities and resources ? What if we added social-emotional learning to the equation ? What if we provided a safe space for physical activity ? Add it all together and you get : G . A . M . E . ( Group Activities Meaningful to Everyone ). G . A . M . E ., Inc . is a nonprofit dedicated to partnering with organizations who facilitate “ alternative therapy ” for individuals , families , and / or whole communities .
The G . A . M . E . curriculum for “ Pickleball with Purpose ” is based on Adverse Childhood Experiences ( ACEs ) research ( see more info about ACEs here ). Normalizing the conversation about these harmful behaviors helps to stop the perpetuation of developmentally damaging family dynamics . G . A . M . E . opens the door for learning , dialogue about life-skills like integrity , “ Serve and Return Communication ”, empathy and impulse control while playing Pickleball .
Part of our mission is to grow the footprint of programming by introducing the curriculum around the country . We can train you and your friends to facilitate classes at any / all of your local or neighborhood community center . In addition , G . A . M . E ., Inc . has a partnership with a court building company ; when we build a court ( tennis , pickleball , basketball , etc .) all profits go to G . A . M . E ., Inc . to help provide courts and equipment for underserved communities . We strive to bring the joy and healthiness of Pickleball to ALL ! We also sell PickleMania clothing , HEAD paddles and nets , Penn balls , Jigsaw Health products and more through the Shop on our website ; again , all sales go to G . A . M . E ., Inc .
10 Around The Post July 2021 www . pprpickleball . org