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A Heartwarming Game of Pickleball: Selkirk and Aloha Pickleball Partner Up for Maui's Bravehearts


By Kyle Whatnall

on Sep 15, 2023

In the face of adversity and challenges, the spirit of community shines the brightest. This sentiment was profoundly reflected when Selkirk Sport, in collaboration with Aloha Pickleball, extended a helping hand to the fire stations of Maui.

The recent wildfires that ravaged Maui left many in despair. However, it's during these challenging times that gestures of kindness and solidarity go a long way in restoring hope. Recognizing the popularity of pickleball among the Maui fire stations, Selkirk Sport, along with Aloha Pickleball, stepped up in a big way.

The Firehouse Pickleball Phenomenon

Across the country, pickleball is more than just a recreational sport; it's a pastime deeply embedded in the culture of our firefighters. Firehouses often have times of waiting between calls, and firefighters have discovered that a spirited game of pickleball is an ideal way to pass the time. It's not unusual to find taped lines on the floor of firehouses, converting them into makeshift pickleball courts. The game, known for its simple rules and community spirit, allows firefighters to unwind, bond, and maintain their physical fitness – all crucial elements in their line of work.

A Generous Donation

Aloha Pickleball couldn’t be prouder to spread the spirit of aloha to all ten fire stations across the island, and this was made possible by the magnanimity of the Selkirk ohana. The donation wasn’t just about equipment – it was about community and healing. With nets, balls, and paddles reaching each station, the aim was clear – to bring moments of joy, relaxation, and normalcy to these brave souls amidst the demanding situations they face.

"At Selkirk, we believe in the power of community and the joy that pickleball can bring to people's lives. We're deeply moved by the resilience of the Maui community and are honored to partner with Aloha Pickleball to support the local fire stations", said Mike Barnes, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Selkirk Sport. "For us, it's not just about donating equipment, but about bringing a sense of normalcy and camaraderie to these brave individuals who serve tirelessly. We hope that through this gesture, we can provide a moment of relief and happiness in their challenging days."

Joy Beyond Boundaries

The teamwork between Aloha Pickleball and Selkirk also brought donations to pickleball enthusiasts on the island, as pickleball sets were also donated to the Lahaina Boys & Girls Club and three Maui high schools. The dream? To foster the game's growth and possibly have pickleball recognized as an official scholastic sport!

Gratitude and Community Spirit

Fire Chief Brad Ventura, his department, and indeed the entire firefighting community of Maui expressed their immense gratitude for the donation. The joy of the first responders, captured perfectly in the shared photographs, radiates the positivity this initiative has brought about. You can glimpse these heartwarming moments here, as they serve as a testament to the game's unifying power and the love and appreciation of a community standing together.

Wrapping Up

Mahalo to Selkirk, the dedicated folks at Aloha Pickleball, Chief Ventura, and everyone involved in this initiative. When communities unite with a shared passion, there’s nothing they can’t overcome. Whether on the pickleball court or in the face of challenges, the spirit of aloha will always shine through.

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