Naples, Florida —Minto Communitieshas signed a multi-year contract extension as title sponsor of the US Open Pickleball Championships (USOPC) in Naples, Florida. The 2017 USOPC will be held April 23-30 at East Naples Community Park. It is anticipated that 1,000 athletes will compete on the park’s 48 world-class courts.
According to USOPC founder and President Terri Graham, “This is a great partnership. Minto came on board for the inaugural event in 2016, and we are excited about continuing the relationship for years to come.” The inaugural USOPC event, held April 26-May 1, brought in more than 800 participants and 10,000 spectators, and generated an estimated two million dollars in direct tourism spending.
“Minto is proud to continue as title sponsor of the USOPC,” says Minto Senior Vice President William Bullock. “The USOPC brings people from all over the world to see and experience the great lifestyle that Florida has to offer. Minto anticipated the growing popularity of pickleball based on feedback from our homeowners, and we have included pickleball courts in many of our newest communities.”
Pickleball, considered to be America’s fastest growing sport, is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net.
Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala was instrumental in getting funding for the pickleball courts at East Naples Community Park, and bringing the USOPC to Naples.For information on the USOPC, visit www.usopenpickleballchampionship.com.
Minto’s new home communities on Florida’s west coast include The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples, TwinEagles in Naples, Harbour Isle in Bradenton/Sarasota and Sun City Center in the Tampa Bay area. Minto recently introduced the resort vacation home community of Festival® in Orlando, and is building in the Laureate Park neighborhood at Lake Nona in Orlando. On Florida’s east coast, Minto communities include LakePark at Tradition in Port St. Lucie, Villas By The Sea in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, and Artesia in Sunrise. Two new Minto communities are planned to launch in 2017, Westlake in western Palm Beach County and Oasis Daytona in Daytona Beach. For information, visit mintofla.com.
About Minto Communities
Founded in 1955, Minto is a family-owned business that has grown over the last 60 years into one of North America’s leading builders, with more than 80,000 homes built, including 25,000 in Florida. Minto creates a wide array of award-winning new homes and resort-style master-planned communities to meet every lifestyle. The company has earned national awards and recognition that include consistently high rankings from Eliant Customer Service Surveys, Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) and multiple national awards in community and home design. For information, visit mintofla.com.