Big Pickleball Moves: Onix With PPA and Franklin With USA Pickleball
Who says pickleball is just a sport for ex-tennis players, retirees and school kids? Earlier this month two major partnerships were announced that continue to bring the oddly-named sport into the mainstream.
First, Onix Pickleball extended its partnership with the Pro Pickleball Association (PPA) through 2023, making its Dura Fast 40 Pickleball the Official Ball of PPA Tour events.
“We are ecstatic to announce our continued commitment to the best players in the game and players of all levels while continuing to invest in the sport of pickleball with our partners at the PPA,” says Jay Simmons, product manager, Onix Pickleball. “At Onix, we take great pride in supporting grassroots pickleball to grow the game for all players, along with manufacturing the preferred pickleball in the sport.”
“We embrace the opportunity to continue building the relationship with Onix Pickleball that has been in place since the inception of the PPA Tour,” said Connor Pardoe, commissioner, PPA. “As the elite professional pickleball tour hosting the top players from around the world, we believe that the partnership makes strategic sense and is the best choice for amateur and professional players alike.”
Then Franklin Sports signed a multi-year partnership agreement with USA Pickleball, the governing body of the sport. As part of the agreement, Franklin Sports becomes the Official Ball of USA Pickleball and will partner on growth initiatives for the sport, including working towards making pickleball a demonstration sport at the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.
“Pickleball is just scratching the surface of what we believe it can become as a sport, and our pickleball partnerships and growing product collection reflect that belief,” says Adam Franklin, president of Franklin Sports. “We share USA Pickleball’s vision of bringing this incredible game to the forefront of the sports world, so we’re very excited to collaborate with their team on a wide variety of growth and development initiatives.”
Franklin Sports is the Official Ball of the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships and over 200 independent tournaments annually worldwide.