Pickleball as Therapy

Adaptive Pickleball teaches people with physical, cognitive, and developmental challenges how to play pickleball.

Sandy Halkett, and her team of volunteer coaches, use the game of pickleball as therapy. Players improve their physical fitness, make new friends and experience the thrill of competition.

Adaptive Pickleball is an accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization (Tax ID 87-4286411) serving the greater Upstate South Carolina area. 

PURPOSE & VISION

Adaptive Pickleball aspires to change lives.

We are dedicated to bringing the physical and social benefits of pickleball to people with diverse-abilities throughout the Upstate South Carolina area.

We regularly host free Pickleball Play Days for adaptive players of all ages. For many, these playing sessions provide recreational therapy. For more athletic players, these sessions feed one’s competitive spirit.

We see the smiles, hear the laughter and feel the love every time we host a Pickleball Play Day. That’s our motivation to growing the impact of Adaptive Pickleball. More smiles. More laughs. More love.

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“Our participants are telling us about how literally we’ve saved their life,” Sandy Halkett said. “How pickleball has gotten them out of the house for socialization. They’ve lost weight. Before, they never thought they’d play a sport the rest of their lives because of their disability. It’s therapy and we call it pickleball therapy.”

PICKLEBALL?

Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America. It’s a mix of tennis and ping-pong. The rules are simple, and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for athletic players.

Adaptive Pickleball modifies the rules slightly to make the game more playable for people with diverseabilities.

2024 IMPACT

as of June 30, 2024

37 Play Days
499  Participants
419 Adaptive Players
80 Military Players
103 Sport Chairs Used
1,250,000+ Smiles

 For all of 2023, APB held 53 Play Days with 692 participants (567 Adaptive and 110 Military) and 154 sport chairs used.

APB Helping Adaptive Sports Organizations Worldwide

APB is becoming a leader within the Adaptive Sports community. Organizations are contacting APB to learn our processes and best practices to help launch Adaptive Pickleball programs in Ontario (Canada), Kenya, Ukraine, Australia, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Chicago and more cities/states. 

Upcoming Play Days

Veterans Play Pickleball sessions are also listed below for the Military community. 

Spartanburg APB Play Day

Mon. July 25 | 6:00 pm

Adaptive Pickleball is hosting an indoor Pickleball Play Day for players with diverse-abilities in Spartanburg. We’ll have paddles for players to use. Registration is required to participate.

St. James Church (213 N. Lanford Rd., Spartanburg) –  MAP
Monday, July 25 | 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Special Needs Pickleball Play Day

Thur. Aug 1 | 2:30 pm

Adaptive Pickleball and The Little White House are hosting an indoor Pickleball Play Day for players with special needs . Trained coaches and volunteers will be on court to assist players. We’ll have paddles for players to use. Registration is required to participate.

Simpsonville Activity Center Park – MAP
Thursday, Aug 1 | 2:30 to 4:00 pm

Veterans Play Pickleball

Thur. Aug 1 | 2:30 pm

Retired, reserve and active military community, including families are invited to play. FREE. Beginners welcome. We’ll teach you how to play Pickleball.

Simpsonville Activity & Senior Center — MAP
Thursday, Aug 1
 | 2:30 to 4:00 pm

Physical Needs Pickleball Play Day

Wed. Aug 7 | 6:00 pm

Adaptive Pickleball is hosting an outdoor Pickleball Play Day for players with physical needs. A limited number of sport chairs will be available. We’ll have paddles for players to use. Registration is required to participate.

Gower Park (24 Evelyn Ave., Greenville, SC 29607) –  MAP
Wednesday, Aug 7 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Adaptive Pickleball Play Day

Mon. Aug 12 | 6:00 pm

Adaptive Pickleball is hosting an outdoor Pickleball Play Day for players with diverse-abilities . A limited number of sport chairs will be available. We’ll have paddles for players to use. Registration is required to participate.

Tryon Park (226 Oakland Ave., Greer, SC) –  MAP
Monday, Aug 12 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Veterans Play Pickleball

Mon. Aug 12 | 6:00 pm

Retired, reserve and active military community, including families are invited to play. FREE. Beginners welcome. We’ll teach you how to play Pickleball.

Tryon Park (226 Oakland Ave., Greer, SC) –  MAP
Monday, Aug 12  | 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Greenville Fall Smash Tournament

Thur. Sep 19

Adaptive Pickleball is helping to host both a Special Olympics Skills Competition and a Mixed Unified Adaptive Pickleball Tournament during the Greenville County Fall Smash. All the details can be found on the Fall Smash Tournament website.

East Riverside Park (1155 S. Suber Rd. Greer, SC) –  MAP
Thursday, Sep 19

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