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PickleBarn organizes a charity pickleball tournament

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Just three weeks after opening, Mankato’s PickleBarn held its first major event on Sunday.

The course has partnered with McDonalds of Mankato to host the Ronald McDonald House Pickleball Classic.

“It goes beyond the tournament itself, because what these players come together for goes beyond the game, it is to support members of their community,” said Trisha Anderson of Partners for Affordable Housing.

The charity aims to give friends and family of people receiving medical treatment a place to stay when away from home.

Housing Partners also had representatives present, who said the cause was close to home.

“My connection goes back 35 years, when my brother was sick and undergoing cancer treatment, and we had to stay at Ronald McDonald House in St. Paul, one of the original homes so we could all stay together. at the time that he was undergoing treatment,” Anderson said.

The event had brackets for all skill levels, with regular competitors filling out the advanced bracket and members of the local community learning to play with veterans of the sport.

For the owners of the newly opened pickleball facility, the courts filled with community members giving it their all is a spectacle for the ages, and they said the tournament was a great opportunity to showcase their favorite sport while supporting a cause they believe in.

“It was absolutely amazing. Colleen and the entire Ronald McDonald team made it so easy to do here, and it’s so fun to see the joy on people’s faces when they’re playing pickleball and especially for an event. charity, we are so glad we were able to host it,” said PickleBarn owner Sidney Elofson.