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Franklin Pickleball Masters at Chicken N Pickle- Wichita

Media Contact: Carrie Bartlow




June 11, 2019

Franklin Sports and Chicken N Pickle Announce

Franklin® Pickleball Masters Tournament at Wichita Venue

Chicken N Pickle Wichita to Host Inaugural Pro Invitational

WICHITA, Kan. - Chicken N Pickle, the premier pickleball destination in the Midwest, has announced a partnership with Franklin Sports, a leading global sporting goods brand, to host the Inaugural Franklin Pickleball Masters Pro Invitational, September 21-22, in Wichita, Kansas.

This exceptional tournament, which will boast the largest event cash prize payouts in the history of the sport, will play host to the nation’s premier pickleball players. The event will include Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles divisions in a round robin/single elimination format. Reigning national champions Ben Johns, Kyle Yates, Tyson McGuffin, and Wichita’s own Matt Wright and Lucy Kovalova are expected to compete with other top pros for precedent-setting payouts in each event. Gold medal recipients will be awarded $10,000; Silver will receive $5,000; and Bronze will take home $2,500.

“We are thrilled to bring the nation’s top players together for a world-class tournament, that will set the new standard for both athlete, and fan experience.” said Adam Franklin, Vice President of Franklin Sports. “The sport has never seen individual cash prizes of this size and with a total purse of $50,000, this event will elevate the sport of Pickleball by creating an annual platform for the best of best in the sport to showcase their talents on a national level. The innovative format will allow fans attending the event unrivaled access to the top athletes in the sport.”

“Pickleball is one of the fastest growing, most exciting sports in America and we are thrilled to be bringing world-class talent to Chicken N Pickle Wichita to launch what promises to become an unsurpassed annual event,” said Kellen Mumm, Vice President, Chicken N Pickle. “The strong interest we’ve had in the tournament speaks to the growing popularity of the sport.”

The tournament, which is expected to draw players and spectators from around the country, will be ticketed, while the overall facility will be open to the public. In addition to the world class pickleball, guests will enjoy Chicken N Pickle’s unique indoor/outdoor entertainment complex including a casual, chef-driven restaurant and rooftop bar, pickleball, shuffleboard and Bocce ball courts, lawn games, and more.

“We are delighted to have our newest Chicken N Pickle site serve as the home of this inaugural tournament,” said Chicken N Pickle Pickleball Pro and Tournament Director, Andy Gensch. “Our partners at Franklin Sports share the vision that this elite tournament will help to build fans for the game across the U.S. and globally. Our Goal is to showcase the country's top talent at one of Pickleball's most unique venues in the world.”

For details and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/franklin-pickleball-masters-hosted-by-chicken-n-pickle-tickets-62322012818

For updates about the event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/FPMatCNP/

About Chicken N Pickle

Chicken N Pickle is a unique, indoor/outdoor entertainment complex including a casual, chef-driven restaurant and sports bar that boasts pickleball courts, ping pong, and a variety of yard games. The first venue, opened in North Kansas City, Mo., in 2017, offers outdoor concerts, corporate event spaces, plus a living room with a fireplace for small gatherings, celebrations and quality family time. It is a warm and welcoming environment that brings together people from all over the community to engage in the joy of being human. Good Food. Good Friends. Great Fun.

For more information please visit www.chickennpickle.com/wichita or call: 316-535-7150

About Franklin

A Massachusetts-based company since 1946, Franklin Sports, Inc. is a leading global sporting goods brand with a rich history and reputation within our industry. Over the years, Franklin Sports has maintained strong relationships with professional athletes and leagues such as Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, National Football League and Major League Soccer that bring energy, strength and uniqueness to our products. Most recently, Franklin Sports has expanded its offerings to become a leading supplier for professional and recreational pickleball products. Franklin understands consumer needs and offer the strongest value by manufacturing products for all levels of sports participation, from the beginner to the pro Franklin Sports has you covered. Franklin Sports has remained true to its family roots, started by Irving Franklin in 1946, and is currently run by President, Larry Franklin and Vice President, Adam Franklin.

For more information please visit www.FranklinSports.com or call: 781-573-2444.


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