Incentive Concepts LIVE Brings Purpose to Pickleball at Missouri Pickleball Club

Donations collected for IWIN helped ONIX support breast cancer awareness

Pickleball’s popularity is exploding – it’s the country’s fastest-growing sport, more than 36 million people played last year alone, and three professional leagues are courting top players. For a deeper look at the sport’s appeal, Incentive Concepts LIVE turned to the experts, venturing to the Missouri Pickleball Club, America’s largest indoor pickleball facility based in suburban St. Louis. Help ONIX Pickleball support breast cancer awareness by donating to IWIN.

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Pickleball products featured during virtual clinic

This special episode was jam-packed with highlights, including previews of ONIX’s premium pickleball products, an exclusive virtual clinic with Team ONIX Pro KaSandra Gehrke, and details on how Incentive Concepts’ community supported breast cancer awareness through ONIX’s Paddle With a Purpose program. To dive into the quickly evolving world of pickleball, explore the top moments below and be sure to watch the full episode.

ONIX’s partnerships and community take centerstage

Incentive Concepts LIVE’s 78th episode kicked off with a special Q&A with Zac Shook, MPC’s Pickleball Director. He spoke to MPC’s standout features (including its 18 courts), the club’s tournament schedule, and the reasons behind pickleball’s exponential growth.


After, Host and Director of Marketing Andy Hudson was joined in person by professional pickleball player KaSandra Gehrke. She shared some insight into her career, covering her recent stint at the US Open Pickleball Championships in Naples, Florida; pickleball’s universality; and how she got her start. Later in the broadcast, she led viewers through the sport’s fundamentals with Incentive Concepts’ own Southeast Territory Sales Manager Mark Brickler stepping in for a bit of live practice.

Andy and KaSandra were joined by remote guests Jay Simmons, Product Manager for ONIX, and Debbie Laswell, Development/Program Director for the Indiana Women in Need Foundation (IWIN). IWIN is a charitable organization that provides non-medical support for individuals undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Jay praised KaSandra as a strong ambassador for pickleball and reinforced the importance of ONIX’s partnership with her. Keeping the spotlight on partnerships, Debbie provided details about IWIN’s mission and Jay shared the ways that ONIX’s Paddle With a Purpose program benefits IWIN. In addition to an initial $10,000 donation, ONIX sells a complete line of pink pickleball products designed to heighten breast cancer awareness.

Viewers  and Incentive Concepts teammates and supporters made voluntary donations to IWIN in memory of someone they’d lost to breast cancer or in honor of someone who has survived or is currently battling breast cancer. Incentive Concepts then matched all donations received before Mother’s Day resulting in a meaningful campaign that not only reinforced Incentive Concepts’ core values but also underscored the strong sense of purpose in pickleball’s ever-growing community.

Pickleball rewards and incentives for players of all skill levels

In the final segment, Jay and Andy explored several top-tier pickleball products from ONIX. These rewards and incentives are perfect for employees, customers and partners.

Standouts included the turnkey Portable Pickleball Net and versatile Z5 Paddle, available in Graphite, a popular choice for outstanding touch and ball control, and Composite, for experienced players looking for more pop from the baseline. One of the largest pickleball ball manufacturers, ONIX also has several ball options like the Fuse and Fuse G2. Additionally, Jay touched on ONIX’s assortment of bags, which includes the Pro Team Backpack, with its four zippered pockets and durable polyester, and the Pro Team Wheeled Duffel Bag, perfectly sized to handle all pickleball tournament equipment.

One lucky viewer, whose question was featured during the broadcast and answered by KaSandra, won a pickleball set of her own, taking home a Pro Team Backpack, Z5 Paddle, and exclusive wristbands. Viewers also had a chance to enter a giveaway for a second set.

All in all, it was another can’t-miss episode and a dynamic showcase for a fast-growing sport. To capitalize on pickleball fever and work ONIX’s premium gifts into your recognition plan, contact us today at 888-862-9283. Fill out our Request For Quote form for immediate needs, and sign up for our Preferred Pricing program to access exclusive catalogs, price sheets, and product photos.

To support the IWIN Foundation through ONIX’s Paddle With a Purpose program, make your optional contribution before May 14.

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