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Pickleball tournament to raise funds for St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation

It will happen over three days in late February
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St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation, The City of Waterloo and The Waterloo Pickleball Club have teamed up to bring together pickleball players and supporters of St. Mary’s in a 3-day tournament that will excite, unite and help St. Mary’s General Hospital continue to provide the exceptional care it is known for.

The inaugural Pickleball Cardiac Classic will take place on February 19th - 21st, 2020, on the courts of the Waterloo Pickleball Club at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex.

It’s no secret that being active is good for your heart.   Experts recommend 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week, so why not accomplish this by doing something fun, like playing pickleball? All you need is a good pair of sneakers, comfortable clothes, and a desire to become a part of an ever-growing group of passionate people that are taking the pickleball world by storm!

"Playing Pickleball provides a boost to the entire cardiovascular system, which helps to lower blood pressure and prevent stroke or heart attack.  As well, the smaller court format of pickleball gives you a good aerobic workout without much stress and strain on joints and muscles, which can be a concern with other racquet sports." Endorses Dr. Matt Chamberlain, Medical Director of St. Mary’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

"Building a healthy community is one of our city’s strategic pillars," adds City of Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. "This means providing opportunities for each of us to be physically and mentally healthy and able to enjoy life events like this tournament. We’re delighted to partner with the St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation to make this  event a reality at the city’s RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex facility. This event not only showcases the need for continued support of St. Mary’s, but encourages all of us to keep active."

Players of all skill levels will have the opportunity to play!  Separate tournament dates are dedicated to beginner, intermediate, and advanced Picklers, and offer the option to play either a half or full day of tournament play.  As a token of thanks, each Pickler will receive a souvenir tournament Pickleball Cardiac Classic activewear t-shirt. 

"With Pickleball, players between the ages of eight and 98 can play on par together," says Jim Zuber, Supervisor of Leisure and Active Living Programs, City of Waterloo. "The game provides a physical, social and cognitive experience unlike any other sport program I have organized in my 35 plus years of play.  Don’t let the name fool you - this game is grabbing the attention of our community with a healthy outcome for all."

"We’re thrilled to partner with the City of Waterloo to bring this new fundraising event to life!  Heart Month is the perfect time to encourage supporters of St. Mary’s to come together to enjoy Pickleball and the many fitness benefits it provides," says Susan Dusick, President of St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation. "I’m looking forward to giving Pickleball a try for the first time!"

As the Regional Cardiac Care Centre, St. Mary's General Hospital must address the needs of a rapidly expandin and  increasingly aging population who require access to high quality, specialized cardiac services. Funds raised through the Pickleball Cardiac Classic will support the purchase of needed equipment for St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre.

For more information on St. Mary’s Pickleball Cardiac Classic, visit



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