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Pickleball tournament to raise funds for youth mental health services

(File photo from the May 2023 NOT’Lanta Open Pickleball tournament by Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News)

Channeled Paths, Inc., a nonprofit focused on mental health services for youth, will host its first pickleball tournament Jan. 27 to raise funds to provide free mental health counseling services to at-risk, indigent and underserved youth and their families.

The Team Up 4 Teens Pickleball tournament is for amateurs, professionals, newcomers to the sport, or anyone wanting to play for a compelling cause, according to a news release from Channeled Paths. T

The tournament will from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St.

According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), pickleball has been the fastest growing sport in America for the second year in a row, with a growth rate of 39.3% over the last two years, the news release said.

“When you think of the mental health of our youth and all of the challenges they may face in today’s times, you want to make sure that they are getting quality counseling services, while also being cognizant that adults aren’t the only ones who experience mental health challenges, then figure out how to best serve them and their population,” said Tonia Gibbons, Interim Executive Director for Channeled Paths, in the release.

To register for the Team Up 4 Teens Pickleball Tournament click here or call (706) 910-0538 for more information.

Channeled Paths’ mission is to provide free mental health counseling services to at-risk, indigent, and underserved youth and their families. The organization has vetted licensed therapists that are matched with youth based on their expertise and strengths.

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