Press Release

USA Pickleball Serves at Camp Catanese and Hosts a Pickleball Clinic for 60 Underserved Valley Students on May 30 at ASU West Valley Campus


WHAT: USA Pickleball Serves, the charitable arm of USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body of pickleball in the United States, has partnered with Camp Catanese, a local non-profit, to host an introductory pickleball clinic for 60 underserved 7th – 12th grade students during the Camp Catanese Summer Camp on Thursday, May 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at ASU West Valley Campus.

Camp Catanese students will experience a one-hour introductory pickleball session led by USA Pickleball Ambassadors to learn fundamentals of the game and try their hand at the fastest growing sport in America. Students will have one of two clinic sessions they can sign up for during the camp schedule.

The partnership with USA Pickleball and its charitable arm, USA Pickleball Serves aligns with Camp Catanese’s approach to engage students in new experiences, build belief in their abilities and broaden individual horizons through an activity they may not have tried before.

Students will each receive a paddle and ball to take home and continue to play the sport with family and friends.

During Camp Catanese’s overnight camp, students will participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities through the help of volunteer educators and counselors from across the country to aid in creating a passion for students’ potential career pathways.

WHEN: Thursday, May 30 from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.

WHO: 60 underserved local 7th – 12th grade students USA Pickleball Ambassadors Jason Catanese, Founder and CEO at Camp Catanese and Maryvale-based educator 80 nation-wide volunteers

WHERE: ASU WEST VALLEY CAMPUS 4701 W Thunderbird Road Glendale, AZ 85306


About Camp Catanese: Camp Catanese Foundation, a non-profit, offers year-round programming to underserved students to promote high-school graduation, accelerated math preparation, enrollment in higher education and persistence among first-generation college students. With an approach of signature overnight camps, free tutoring, educational field trips, college counseling and scholarships, 98% campers have been admitted to college and 70% of alumni are enrolled in college today, with the majority majoring in STEM fields.  Camp Catanese is building a belief for students in what is possible for their futures. For more information, visit

About USA Pickleball: USA Pickleball is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of pickleball in the United States. Its mission is to promote the development and growth of the sport while sanctioning events and providing annual members with premier tournaments, educational opportunities, player rankings, official rules and other exclusive benefits. USA Pickleball is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that is governed and operated by a Board of Directors and a national office staff, who provide the guidance and infrastructure for the continued expansion of the sport.