Mississippi Gulf Coast Pickleball, Inc.

A Charitable, Publicly Supported 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2)

Non-Profit Organization

History


Pickleball was introduced to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2012.  We have grown from two lined tennis courts to 12 dedicated outdoor courts, 8 public lined tennis courts, and 15 indoor courts at four venues coast wide.  We have 350+ players across the coast ranging in age from 10 to 88.  A local junior high school and a junior college are offering pickleball on their physical education curriculum.  A MS coast player is on the pro circuit and numerous players are medal winners in tournaments nationwide.  We are proud of how far we have come.  We welcome you to join us and experience the joy of playing pickleball.

Why Pickleball?

  •  It's easy to learn: New players are always welcome and it's challenging to master so experienced players keep coming back.
  • The funny name: It's more difficult to get mad while you're playing a sport called Pickleball.
  • It's easier on the body: The smaller court means less running so it's easier on the joints. We have players with hip and knee replacements, arthritis, broken backs, heart and other transplants, tennis elbow, chronic illnesses, plus one of our best players is 89 years young.
  • The social aspect: The court is smaller so it's easier to get to know your teammates and opponents. You meet lots of happy people of all ages.
  • Helps mental health and focus: It curbs anxiety, depression and keeps the mind sharp.


History History

Vision and Goal Statements


VISION STATEMENT
    
  • Promote the sport of pickleball in order to provide a physical and mental wellness program to improve the lives of the general population
  • Emphasize efforts towards the rapidly growing aging population that is projected to grow at a faster pace than any other age group
  • Promote pickleball to all generations in order to grow the sport along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
GOALS
   
  • Coordinate with city and county governments to develop infrastructure and resources to provide indoor and outdoor dedicated pickleball courts 
  • Partner with private organizations to solicit funding and to promote the value of this sport to community leaders and citizens 
  • Develop an outdoor complex complete with a minimum of 12-18 courts complete  with state-of the-art lighting, shade structures and a  restroom/concession/storage facility
  • Promote  the marking of existing tennis courts by municipalities to  accommodate pickleball play 
  • Develop  government owned facilities that are unused or minimally used to create satellite indoor court locations
  • Coordinate with faith-based groups to promote pickleball as a family fellowship  activity 
  •  Promote pickleball play among the veteran population. Harrison County has  the second largest veteran population in the State.
  • Provide opportunities for skill development and competition 
  • Maintain a comprehensive information hub of pickleball activities
  • Provide a pickleball destination site with a welcoming atmosphere for visitors and residents alike to experience southern hospitality and great opportunities for play 
  • Foster the growth of a unique, inclusive community focused on fun and fitness

Certificate & Articles of Incorporation


BYLAWS


Popp's Ferry Access


For court access code call Biloxi Parks and Recreation Department at 388-7170 Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00pm. Or call/text 228-233-8766.

Schedule



Notice:

In compliance with Governor Reeves’ Safer at Home Executive Order No. 1477 of April 24, 2020, the City of Biloxi will continue to keep parks closed with the exception of walking trails until 8:00 am on Monday, May 11, 2020. This includes the Popp’s Ferry pickleball courts.

Everyone be careful out there and we will all get through this together.





Contact


  • Tom and Deonne Linenberger, USAPA Ambassadors, Gulf Coast MS

Beginner Lessons



All lessons are suspended until further notice.

  • Free Lessons in BILOXI
  • Paddles and balls provided
  • Come any Monday, Wednesday or Friday 8:00 to 10:00 am
  • The address is 2138 Popps Ferry Rd. Biloxi

  • Free Lessons in LONG BEACH
  • Paddles and balls provided
  • Come any Tuesday, Thursday or Friday 8:00 am to 9:00 am
  • Located in the Long Beach Senior & Activity Center - 20257 Daugherty Rd., Long Beach