Food4Philly is a non-profit organization created by students from the Main Line area. They have been working to help the greater Philadelphia area with a series of different initiatives. Their latest idea is a pickleball tournament designed to raise money for charities around the Philadelphia area. Helping to run and sponsor this tournament is the MLTA, or the Main Line Tennis Academy. Created by Fifth Formers Jay Crowther and Joaquin Arias, MLTA’s mission is to provide quality tennis coaching for relatively affordable prices.
“This tournament is entirely non-profit. Any money raised is going to go directly to Food4Philly and whatever they envision.”Joaquin Arias ’23
“This tournament is entirely non-profit,” Arias said. “Any money raised is going to go directly to Food4Philly and whatever they envision.”
The organization will raise money through players’ entrance fees.
“Any player, regardless of age, can play for a set price,” Crowther stated, “For more money, they can get a player’s pass and enter in as many divisions as they want. Winners of the different divisions will receive a prize at the end.”
In order to run this tournament, there are multiple hoops the team needs to hop through.
“We first need to contact the township running Paddock Park,” Crowther observed, “We think that that park has the most accessible courts in the area for our target audience.”
Some of the specifics of the tournaments are still in the works. The date, time, cost to enter, and other logistical restraints are still being decided by Food4Philly and MLTA, but readers can expect the tournament to be run before the end of October. For updates, you can follow both Food4Philly’s Instagram (@food4philly), website (search Food4Philly), and MLTA’s Instagram (@mlta_tennis).