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. 


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.


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.


53 Play Days
692  Participants
567 Adaptive Players
110 Military Players
154 Sport Chairs Used
1,250,000+ Smiles

 For all of 2022, APB held 12 Play Days with 121 participants (88 Adaptive and 33 Military) and 44 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. 

Special Needs Pickleball Play Day

Wed. May 22 | 5:30 pm

Adaptive Pickleball is hosting an outdoor 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.

Gower Park (24 Evelyn Ave., Greenville, SC 29607) –  MAP
Wednesday, May 15 | 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Adaptive Pickleball Play Day

Thur. May 30 | 9:00 am

Adaptive Pickleball is partnering with Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital to host this indoor Pickleball Play Day for players with  physical challenges. A limited number of sport chairs will be available. We’ll have paddles for players to use. Registration is required to participate.

Victor Gym (108 South Line St., Greer, SC) –  MAP
Thursday, May 30 | 9:00 to 11:00 am

Veterans Play Pickleball

Thur. May 30 | 11:00 am

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

Victor Gym (108 South Line St., Greer, SC) – MAP
Thursday, May 30 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

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