Cape Girardeau, Missouri: Turning Love of Pickleball into the Fight Against Cancer

The sport of pickleball has really taken off in the Heartland.

Next month in Cape Girardeau, Mo., there will be a tournament aimed at adding to the popularity of the sport for a very important cause.

The upcoming event is called the SEMO Chemo Smash Pickleball Tournament with all proceeds going towards the Curtis L. Brown Glioblastoma Fund in the fight against brain cancer.

Curt Brown was diagnosed with this terrible disease about eight months ago and is still going strong on the pickleball court preparing for the tournament.

So far participation looks strong with close to 200 players already registered and hopefully more to come.

“We’d love to have people come out and help support this, that money’s going to go for a good cause for research on the cancer and hopefully that will help find a cure somewhere,” said Rex Riepe, Pickleball Ambassador, Cape Girardeau.

“We have a great community here that’s supporting everything that we’ve done and we’ve got a tournament coming up I’m really excited about, were working hard to raise money for Glioblastoma,” said Curt Brown, Pickleball player.

The registration deadline for the tournament will is Jan. 12.

The event will take place January 19 and 20 at the Cape Sportsplex.

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