Selkirk Growth Program to Support Schools & Youth Programs, First Responders and Charitable Organizations; World’s N0.1 Ranked Professional Pickleball Player Tyson McGuffin and Team Selkirk Ambassadors Driving Growth of Pickleball at Grassroots Level

Los Angeles Bell Fire Station first responders sport their new
Selkirk Sport Pickleball paddles as part of the “Selkirk Growth Program.”


To celebrate National Pickleball Month (April), Selkirk Sport, the leading Pickleball paddle and accessories brand, today announced the “Selkirk Growth Program,” a promotional initiative whereby the Company will donate 1,000 paddles to schools and youth organizations, first responders and charitable organizations – to further support the growth of Pickleball at the grassroots level.

To kick off the campaign, Selkirk Sport donated 300 paddles to the USA Pickleball Association’s Junior Program and equipped the Los Angeles Bell Fire Station with a collection of paddles for their new pickleball court on-site at the station.

Pickleball, an exciting sport that combines elements of Tennis, Badminton, and Ping Pong, today has more than 3.3 million players and is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA.  As part of the “Selkirk Growth Program,” Tyson McGuffin, the No 1 ranked professional Pickleball player in the world, alongside Selkirk Sport Co-founders, Rob and Mike Barnes, will distribute paddles to philanthropic organizations in conjunction with select professional tournaments throughout the season.

In executing the paddle giveaway promotion, Selkirk Sport is once again taking a leadership position in driving the sport of Pickleball to new heights, as this news comes on the heels of the Company increasing its professional prize pool to $300,000 in 2019, a 50-percent increase from 2018. To complement Selkirk’s support of National Pickleball Month, special events and promotions are being implemented by the USA Pickleball Association’s ambassadors and partner organizations to further increase awareness of Pickleball in local markets across the USA. 

“Donating 1,000 paddles is a strong statement that reinforces our commitment to helping drive the surging growth and popularity of pickleball nationwide,” said Rob Barnes, Co-founder, Selkirk Sport. “In addition to supporting the growth of the professional game, it’s important to give back, and through this program individuals from all backgrounds will have an opportunity to experience the game of Pickleball in communities across the country.”

Selkirk Sport, based in Hayden, Idaho offers a full line-up of paddles for players of all skill levels, highlighted by the innovative AMPED Series, currently used by many top professional players, including 30-year old Tyson McGuffin, the No.1 ranked singles player in the world; Kaitlyn Christian, a 27-year old Professional Tennis Player ranked 38 in the world in Doubles by the WTA; JoAnne Russell, 1977 Wimbledon Doubles Champion; Cammy MacGregor, former Top 75 Professional Tennis Player, 2018 US Open Senior Pickleball Singles Champion and winner of the 2018 USA Pickleball National Championships in Senior Singles and Doubles, among others.

To follow the “Selkirk Growth Program” through social media please visit Selkirk on Facebook at facebook.com/SelkirkSport/or Twitter @SelkirkSport. For more information on the “Selkirk Growth Program” please visit selkirk.com/growth-program.

About Selkirk Sport:  Selkirk Sport, a Made-in-the-USA Manufacturer of Pickleball paddles and accessories, is a family-owned and operated company based in Hayden, Idaho, located in the shadows of its namesake, the Selkirk mountain range. Founded in 2014, Selkirk Sport is born off a passion for sport, as well as the great western outdoor leisure lifestyle that was afforded to the Company’s founders, Rob, and Mike Barnes, along with their father Jim, who is Selkirk’s production manager. Backed by the philosophy of always pushing the limits, Selkirk Sport is committed to manufacturing products that deliver the highest performance with unmatched quality and service.  As part of their early success, Selkirk Sport was the very first Pickleball manufacturer to offer an unprecedented lifetime warranty on its high-performance products. And, to meet the demands of the game’s premier professionals, the Company developed low-profile edgeguards that are lightweight and extremely durable. In just three years, Selkirk Sport has become one of the industry’s fastest growing companies, and their paddles are used by many of the game’s premier players, such as Tyson McGuffin, Morgan Evans, Cammy MacGregor, Kaitlyn Christian and a host of others who are premier players and national/regional champions.

About Pickleball: Pickleball was invented by three dads in 1965 as a way to entertain their children during summer. The families resided on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Congressman Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum fashioned handmade equipment and based the simple rules on the existing sports of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Unlike Tennis, Racquetball and many other sports, Pickleball has a short learning curve; you don’t need months of lessons to participate in a fun game. It also is less running compared to Tennis. However, at the same time, it can be very competitive and addicting for all ages, as well as an excellent, fun family activity. Pickleball can be played as both singles and doubles game, and can be played inside or outdoors, on a court that uses the dimension of a doubles badminton court, along with a modified tennis net. A Pickleball court is 20’ x 44’ for both singles and doubles. The net is hung at 36-inch at the ends and hangs 34-inch in the middle. A non-volley zone – called the Kitchen – extends 7 feet back from the net on each side.