TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Terre Haute residents gathered at Brittlebank Park Saturday morning to play pickleball for a cure.
Over 75 people participated in a pickleball tournament that had all its proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help support breast cancer research.
Officials say the goal for this event was to raise $2500 dollars for this cause.
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. The Komen Foundation was going to hold their own pickleball themed event last year, and they partnered with local residents. This then became the first ever Pickleball for the Cure event in the entire United States.
This is the second year they have held this event. In just one year it has over doubled in size in terms of participation.
Tawnya Sheffield is the host of this event, and she explains why events like these helped her in her time of need.
“I’m a breast cancer survivor so it is very important to me. The whole reason I give back to Komen Foundation is because when I needed a mammogram when I first found out I had cancer, Komen paid for my mammogram through donations that are made to Komen.”
This event was also fully funded by volunteers.
Officials say they are hoping to get some corporate sponsors for this event as it continues to grow exponentially.