CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The sport of pickleball has really taken off in the Heartland.
Saturday January 19-20 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’s Chemo Smash Pickleball Tournament with all proceeds going towards the Curtis L. Brown Glioblastoma Fund in the fight against brain cancer.
Curt Brown, 54, of Jackson was diagnosed with this terrible disease about nine months ago and is still going strong on the pickleball court preparing for the tournament.
A field of about 200 players are expected to participate.
“He said I don’t want you to pray for me but pray for the other people who have this, because it’s probably not going to happen in my lifetime where they can find a cure. But I want them to come up with a cure. I want the Doctors and researchers to come up with a cure to save somebody else," said Laura Green Curt Brown’s sister.
“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 event will take place at the Cape Girardeau Sportsplex.