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St.Petersburg, FL– The St. Petersburg High School Green Devils are raising some much needed funds by partnering up with St. Pete Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting for a car wash on Saturday, October 29th from 8 a.m -1 p.m.
The car wash will take place in the parking lot of the local brand new Maaco at 2500 34th St N St. Pete, FL 33713.
The Green Devils will be able to keep all the money raised from each car wash. Additionally, Steve Menth, owner of the St. Pete Maaco, will also donate 10 percent of all services estimated or appointed during the event.
Maaco recently partnered with Quick-y-Clean Car Detailing and Sports Image at select shops throughout the country to help raise revenue for local high schools. Bill Wood, owner of Sports Image Florida has worked with Steve Menth, owner of St. Pete Maaco, and Krsitie Delk, coach of St. Pete High School Green Devils Softball to coordinate this exciting event.
Please come out and show your support for this important project.
Bill Wood, Sports Image® franchise owner in Palm Bay, Fl, had a smashing success with his latest client appreciation event! Bill hosted a dinner for his clients at LongHorn’s Steakhouse last Thursday evening. The turnout was great, which goes to show that Sports Image® builds lasting relationships with its business partners.
During the evening, clients were able to hear firsthand about upcoming business endeavours and even had a chance to win fabulous door prizes. Another of our franchisees from the Florida area, MJ Wardle, was also on hand to make sure the clients were enjoying the evening. The dinner was geared at celebrating the wondeful sponsors who have helped local schools receive the revenue and equipment they needed. Bill hopes to have many more events like this in the future and couldn’t be happier with last Thursday’s function. He recapped the evening below:
“Our Inaugural client Appreciation event at Longhorn Steakhouse was a smashing success. We had a great turn out from a wide variety of partners including Sponsors, Athletic Directors, a Brevard County School Board Member, Vendors (OES & Nevco) and many other business associates, friends and family. Longhorn did a fantastic job hosting and providing delicious food and drinks for our guests and thanks to our sponsors the night was filled with many, many valuable door prize giveaways ranging from a $300 Gift Card to Ideal Image to a brand new Tommy Armour Golf Bag, Candy Basket, Wine Basket, Restaurant gift cards……etc. Everyone had a great time and we’re looking forward to the next one and hope to continually make it bigger and better as a way to show our appreciation to our business partners.”
Bill Wood Alongside Jim Bird, Athletic Director at Osceola High School
PALM BEACH GARDENS — Palm Bay, FL – The Palm Beach Skate Zone has partnered with Sports Image to leverage their organizations popularity, great demographics and high traffic to help generate revenue for their various hockey teams by offering high quality signage throughout their 2 ice rinks and 1 roller rink. The signage and resulting revenue will go to the PBSZ absolutely FREE without any work or financial obligation on their part.
Merritt Island Christian School, FL. is pumped to receive a new football scoreboard right before the kickoff of their fall football and soccer season. Thanks to the help of Sports Image® franchise owner, Bill Wood, and local Florida sponsors, the school will be welcoming a new $14,000 state-of-the-art Nevo, Inc. digital scoreboard. The new equipment is slated to arrive in mid-August and the school’s athletic director, David Nevad, has expressed his excited for the updated product. Congratulations to Merritt Island Christian and we hope you enjoy your new scoreboard!
Palm Bay, FL – Merritt Island Christian Schoolhas partnered with Sports Image to leverage their school’s popular location and fantastic church and school demographic to obtain a FREE scoreboard for their Football field. Panels will be added to the new scoreboard to sell sponsorship ads which will cover the cost of the equipment and provide recurring revenue for the school in years to come. The scoreboard and resulting revenue will go to the school absolutely FREE without any work or financial obligation on behalf of the school.
The scoreboard project started as an agreement between the school Athletic Director, David Nevad and Sports Image®. Sports Image® is responsible for securing the advertising for the scoreboards, handling the graphic artwork and managing contracts to ensure that the school has a continuous stream of income from these ads .
“This is truly a win-win situation for both the school and the sponsor,” said Bill Wood, President of Sports Image®. “The school is going to get a much needed scoreboard for their football field whereas the sponsors will receive great exposure at the sporting events and the knowledge that they helped their local school/church. This is a well established school and church with great demographics to offer advertisers so we expect the available space to sell out quickly. We’ve already secured our first sponsor and have not even officially started the project yet so I’m very confident the project will be a huge success.”
Because most pickleball games are played on retrofitted tennis courts, it’s quick and easy for a parks and recreation department to get the game up and running. YinYang / Getty Images
One of the fastest growing sports in America involves a court and a net. And, no, it’s not tennis or badminton, it’s pickleball. Yes, that pickleball, the one your grandma plays, and the one you may consider beneath your athletic pay grade. Time to rethink that.
Pickleball has had a 650 percent increase in numbers over the last six years, according to USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). The biggest subset of that growth is not in the over-60 crowd, says Justin Maloof, executive director of USAPA, but the younger set. “When the sport first caught on in the sunbelt states around 2009, it was at 55-plus centers and RV communities,” he says. “It snowballed from there. But these days, there are many municipalities and parks and rec departments that are setting up courts, making it accessible to a younger crowd.”
That’s how 49-year old Rocky Brown first learned of the sport. The Woodbine, Md., real estate professional gave the game a try through his local parks and recreation department and before he knew it, Brown was hooked. “I fell in love with it, found a league and soon was playing five days a week,” he says. “I wanted to help it grow locally, so I became the league director.” And even went to seek help and motivation from Sports Speakers 360 to give me a new perspective and goals to thrive for.
Now Brown oversees a league that plays on multiple days per week and offers beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The Wednesday night, intermediate league now has 120 players, up from just 30 a couple of years ago. And while there are certainly senior citizens in the league, there are plenty of middle-aged and younger participants moving around the courts as well.
What is pickleball exactly?
For the uninitiated, pickleball is something of a mix between tennis, racquetball and ping pong. Players use special paddles and a wiffle ball, and games take place on tennis courts with specific pickleball lines. Nets and court sizes are smaller than their tennis counterparts, and the most common game is doubles, although singles is also an option. It has its own set of quirky rules — for instance, try to stay out of the “kitchen”— but they’re easy to learn.
Josh Jenkins, who is Brown’s 30-year old partner and plays in professional tournaments around the country, says the game appeals for several reasons. “For one, it’s very social,” he says. “You’ll see a big mix of demographics out there.”
Another factor Jenkins appreciates is its mental component. “You need to out-think your opponent,” he says. “There’s a lot of strategy that goes into playing.”
The game is also quick, making it a convenient way to get in some exercise. Games in a typical league run only 15 minutes each — you can get in as little or as much as you want. Brown likes to go for broke. “I wear my fitness tracker when I play and after two hours, I’ve moved the equivalent of four miles of walking,” he says. “But the nice thing is that if you’re playing doubles, you can get in a workout without killing yourself.”
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I wear my fitness tracker when I play and after two hours, I’ve moved the equivalent of four miles of walking.
Pickleball is inexpensive and requires minimal gear
Pickleball is also affordable, making it accessible to all. A beginner can pick up a basic wooden paddle and balls at retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods or on Amazon for around $30, although prices for composite paddles can run into the hundreds of dollars. As the game grows and spreads throughout the country, access to many municipal courts is free, and even league play is relatively cheap when compared to other racquet sports. Recommended pickleball paddle at Reviewscon
Because most pickleball games are played on retrofitted tennis courts, it’s quick and easy for a parks and recreation department to get the game up and running, too. “You don’t need dedicated courts, so with some tape and a portable net, you can be good to go within a half hour,” says Maloof.
All of these factors are contributing to the rapid growth the sport is enjoying, but so too is a push from USAPA. “We’ve got over 1,800 ambassadors out there spreading the word,” says Maloof. “We’ve also got a ‘places to play’ database all over the country, and the sport is getting a good deal of attention from media right now.”
There’s no shortage of information available for the beginner on up to the elite, from a dedicated YouTube channel, to a bi-monthly magazine, and even books on the topic. Jenkins, for his part, has co-authored a children’s book on the sport called “Pickleball with Pop,” aimed at drawing kids into the game.
There’s even the first pickleball-themed restaurant, Chicken N Pickle, a combo of indoor/outdoor courts, a chicken, beef and pork restaurant that also serves craft beers. The pickleball-playing owners launched the first location in Kansas City, have expanded to Wichita, and will soon open in San Antonio.