Pickleball Benefit Round Robin at the Delray Beach Tennis Center
Pickleball with a Purpose – Delray Beach Pickleball Club Partners with the Valencia Palms Gift of Life Club to Help Save Lives
DELRAY BEACH, FL – On Tuesday, March 12, the Delray Beach Pickleball Club (DBPC) joined
forces with the Valencia Palms Gift of Life Club to hold the 3rd Annual Round Robin Pickleball
Tournament to benefit the Gift of Life Marrow Registry. 64 players, in addition to numerous
volunteers and spectators, lined the courts at the Delray Beach Tennis Center to help those
battling blood diseases find a cure through marrow and stem cell donation.
Since its launch in 1991, the Registry has registered over a quarter million potential donors and
saved over 3,300 lives. Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer, but 70
percent of patients do not have a related match and must search the worldwide registry for a
volunteer donor. Barbara Cohen is one whose life was saved 8 years ago. Speaking in front of a
hushed crowd, Barbara described her journey as a leukemia survivor thanks to a donor and a
subsequent stem cell transplant that cured her cancer. Since then, she and event organizer, Gail
Oliver, formed the Gift of Life Club at their local community, Valencia Palms, to raise awareness
for the registry and established the annual fundraising pickleball tournament, now in its third
Before play began, the Delray Beach Pickleball Club presented Gail with a $1000 check. “The
presentation of the check from the club to the Gift of Life Marrow Registry was one of the
biggest surprises of my life, exclaimed Oliver. “I am truly grateful for the wonderful relationship
our Gift of Life Club and the Delray Beach Pickleball Club has established.” The generous
donation along with the $4360 that was raised by the tournament fees and raffle prizes are
needed to offset the $60 cost required to process each laboratory swab test kit for potential
donors and add them to the international registry for those seeking a lifesaving transplant. Only
about one in every thousand people are bone marrow matches, and with 50,000 swabs each
year, the need for fundraising is constant.
To join the registry, potential donors must be between the ages of 18 and 45 and in general
good health. All it takes to find out if you are a match is a simple swab from the inside of your
cheek. Although only three people were swabbed at Tuesday’s event due to the older
demographic, Gail Oliver is hopeful that attendees who weren’t eligible will tell their children
and grandchildren about the Gift of Life and and suggest they join themselves. Last year, that is
exactly what happened when a participant who attended both last year’s and this year’s round
robin advised his three sons to register and one of his sons ended up being a perfect match. He
will be donating his stem cells in the coming weeks.
The day was a winner not only for the Gift of Life registry but for the nine who participated and
won medals in their divisions for novice, intermediate and advanced play. In the end, DBPC
Vice-President George Breault, said it was all about giving back to the community. “It’s our 3rd
year doing this. We had a lot of fun. We raised money between the raffles and the games and
our members are appreciative knowing it’s for a good cause.”
Club member Ellen Korelitz added, “The Delray Beach Pickleball Club demonstrated the
epitome of what our pickleball community is all about. To all pickleball clubs across the country
and the world, let’s all continue to use our pickleball platforms to make a difference, effect
change and save lives in any and every way.”
On a beautiful Florida sunny day, playing pickleball meant more than just dinking and winning
the point. It was just that. Helping to save lives.
About Gift of Life
Gift of Life, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Boca Raton, Fl, is dedicated to saving
lives and facilitating bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients with leukemia,
lymphoma, and other blood-related diseases. The organization was first established in 1992
after Jay Feinberg, the CEO of Gift of Life, was diagnosed with leukemia and had no matching
donor in the registry. Thanks to the persistence of a loving family, more than 60,000 donors
were tested at hundreds of drives over a four year span. When his match was finally found and
Jay was cured, he and his parents founded the organization as the Gift of Life. To learn more
about the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, visit www.giftoflife.org.
About Delray Beach Pickleball Club
The Delray Beach Pickleball Club was founded in 2016 as a not for profit 501 C tax-exempt
organization dedicated to encouraging, organizing and promoting the sport of Pickleball in the
city of Delray beach and beyond. With its partners, the City of Delray Beach Parks and
Recreation Department and the City of Delray Beach, the club has expanded to include free
clinics for members, youth pickleball camps, charitable fundrasiers and organizing and
managing an annual tournament, the Delray Beach Pickleball Classic. In just over two years
since the club started recruiting players, 265 members have joined, making it one of the fastest
growing, successful pickleball clubs in the area. To learn more, visit dbpickle.com
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Delray Beach Tennis center played host to the Gift of Life Pickleball fundraiser.
Over 70 participants and over 100 spectators for a great cause.
The Delray Beach Pickleball Club teamed up on March 21st with the Valencia Palms Gift of Life Club to put on their 2nd annual Pickleball Round Robin Event! This was the first charity event for the Delray Beach Pickleball Club, and this year the event was held at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.
Gift of Life is a Bone Marrow registry that collects swabs from thousand of people each year who could be a potential donor for those with blood cancers.
70 players participated in the event along with several volunteers from both Clubs who helped make the event a great success!
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2ND ANNUAL ROUND ROBIN PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT GIFT OF LIFE
The Delray Beach Pickleball Club and the Valencia Palms Gift Of Life Club Cordially invites you to join us at our: Second Annual Charity Pickleball Tournament on March 21, 2018
To benefit Gift Of Life Marrow Registry – All proceeds benefit Gift of Life, which helps children and adults suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, other cancers and genetic diseases…
At Gift of Life we believe every person battling blood cancer deserves a second chance at life — and we are determined to make it happen. We are singularly passionate about engaging the public to help us get everyone involved in curing blood cancer, whether as a donor, a volunteer or a financial supporter. It all begins with one remarkable person, one life-changing swab and one huge win — finding a match and a cure.
Round Robin Pickleball Tournament to Benefit Gift of Life on March 21, 2018
Location: Delray Beach Tennis Center
201 West Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Wednesday, March 21st
Registration 10:30 am
Round Robin Play 11 am to 4 pm
Awards, Refreshments, Fun!!
Skill levels: Novice/Low intermediate and Intermediate/Advanced
RAIN DATE: March 22nd
You can help cure blood cancer! Register online… CLICK HERE!
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