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Contact: Stan Smith at Smarter Story PR
(954)762-7000 |
Contact: Carl Foster at Foster Events
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2021 Delray Beach Pickleball Open to Benefit Non-Profit Thank You First Responder

APP Tour event set for Delray Beach Tennis Center March 18 – 21

DELRAY BEACH, FL (February 4, 2021) – The 2021 Delray Beach Pickleball Open, a $60,000 APP Tour Professional and amateur event, taking place March 18 – 21, 2021, at the Delray Beach’s famed tennis and pickleball center, has announced south Florida’s non-profit, Thank You First Responder (TYFRO), as the event’s official benefiting charity.

“We’re delighted to support the TYFRO non-profit as our recognized charity for the 2021 Delray Open Pickleball Open” said event co-tournament chairman, Carl Foster. “We have seen America’s fastest growing sport include our first responders staying fit on the courts. This is our way for pickleball with a purpose to give back to our police, fire rescue, medical and military veterans that are all our true heroes.”

The Thank You First Responder organization is honored to partner with this exciting Pickleball event in one of America’s leading venues,” said Co-Founder Stanton Smith. “Front line heroes everywhere deserve our thanks and support and this event provides an exciting opportunity to unite the respective south Florida communities to express our ultimate gratitude.”

Current COVID Socially Friendly and Physically Distanced Event Schedule:
(Note: Masks required at all times when not playing, eating or drinking in stands).

Thursday, March 18th
⇨ 8am to 8pm: Pro Singles and Amateur competition

Friday, March 19th
⇨ 8am to 6pm: Amateur Age Division Gender Doubles
⇨ 6pm to 7pm: TYFRO VIP Celebrity/Player Fundraising Reception with Silent Auction and Pro Player Meet and Greet
⇨ 7pm to 9pm: TYFRO Celebrity Pro-Am Fundraiser Engage Pro-Celebrity Exhibition/Round Robin at the Delray Beach Tennis Stadium

 A Pro-Celebrity exhibition including local police, firefighters, military veterans and front-line workers will be teamed up with Pro Pickleball participants like DBPO Hosts: Senior Pro Gold Medalist, Steve Kennedy, National Champions and Delray Beach residents, Leigh and Anna Leigh Waters along with local sports, media and entertainment celebrities for a fun, round robin Pro-Am.

Saturday, March 20th
⇨ 8am to 7pm: Pro and Amateur Ladies and Men’s Doubles
⇨  7pm: CBS Sports Ladies Doubles Finals Stadium

Sunday, March 21st
⇨ 8am to 8pm: Pro and Amateur Mixed

Tickets available at: or via Eventbrite or at day of event.

Current Supporting Sponsors:
APP Tour
Kolter Homes
Northpointe Bank
Hyatt Place
Marriott Courtyard
Fairfield Inn
Head Penn Pickleball
Engage Pickleball
Jigsaw Health
Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce
Palm Beach Sports Commission
Onyx Dura 40 Ball
Smokin Flavor’
That’s Amore Pizza and Italian
Sofibella Sportswear
CBS Sports Network-Championship Finals
FOX Sports Networks (Live Streaming/ Inside World Pickleball Show)

About Thank You First Responder (TYFRO):
TYFRO is a grassroots, 501(c)3 effort whose purpose is to raise awareness, support, celebrate, honor and most importantly create a “Culture of Thank You” for all of our Nation’s First Responders for the difficult job they do every day by putting their lives on the line to protect and enhance our country and way of life. TYFRO supports the creation of a National Day of Recognition by the U.S. Congress and partners with to offer Mental Health First Aid training.  For more information please visit or call 954.762.7000.

About Foster Events:
The management team of Carl Foster and his team of strategic partners bring over 50 years of sports and entertainment event fundraising staging hundreds of functions from celebrity golf, tennis and pickleball events to, championship banquets, races, concerts and more with thousands of participants raising dollars to impact and help change lives through the charities, ministries and churches.

FEG’s media division is the creator of Inside Florida Pickleball TV Show airing on FOX Sports Florida since June of 2020 and now set to air nationally on CBS Sports Network starting in March 2021 as the nation’s first and only weekly network magazine show all about the fastest growing sports in America, PICKLEBALL. and for more information.

About APP Professional Tour:
With the exploding popularity of pickleball, Ken Herrmann has a vision of creating a series of tournaments where individuals could set performance goals, track results, and play against peers in a sanctioned tour environment while adhering to all USA Pickleball guidelines. The 2021 APP Tour has over $650K in prize money for professionals, while all player athletes are encouraged to qualify for the season ending championships — The APP Miami Masters International Pickleball Championships on January 19 – 23, 2022. The 2021 APP Tour has 16 tournaments scheduled throughout the United States and Europe including the $60k Delray Beach Pickleball Open in March 2021.


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