Exciting news today as USAPA Nationals medalist Daniel Moore begins a crowdfunding campaign to bring pickleball to Japan. If you're looking to share the gift of pickleball with international fans this season, this is a great place to start!
What some people don't know is that Daniel lived in Japan for 16 years growing up and currently serves as a tour guide for visitors through the organization Walk Japan. Japan has an aging population with many indoor gyms equipped with badminton courts that could be utilized for pickleball.
According to Daniel's campaign, there are currently 2 locations that regularly play pickleball in Japan with a third arriving in January. He explains:
'The locations have around 15-20 players each... An additional three locations have played pickleball before but we haven't had the time or the funding to continue supporting them so they don't have any balls or paddles. Most importantly, they don't have someone there to explain the rules, coach and teach... which is what will get people playing.'
The funds will primarily go to the Japan Pickleball Association headed by Moore so that the group can travel around the country to provide clinics and demos. They are also planning to register the JPA as an official non-profit organization and put together local/national tournaments to coincide with Daniel's annual pickleball Japan trip.
The campaign only needs $10,000 to be successfully funded, and if you make a donation above $25 you'll receive a Japan Pickleball t-shirt!
Please consider donating if you like the sound of a pickleball-crazy Japan and would enjoy visiting in the future, or if you just want to share the joy of pickleball around the globe. Click here to donate today.