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Arizona to host first PBX Pickleball Pro-Am

Featuring retired MLB All-Star Luis Gonzalez and NFL Pro Bowler Jake Plummer

(GLENDALE, Ariz. – Sept. 20, 2023) PBX Pickleball, the organization that unites retired professional athletes with the pickleball community, announced it will host its first PBX Pro-Am Experience at Chicken N Pickle, 9330 W. Hanna Ln, Glendale, Ariz., on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Fans will have the opportunity to play pickleball with and against retired professional athletes, including 5x MLB All-Star Luis Gonzalez, who famously led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a World Series Championship in 2001, and retired NFL Quarterback Jake Plummer, who played with Arizona State and the Arizona Cardinals where he earned a spot in the 2005 Pro Bowl. Gonzalez and Plummer signed to be PBX Pros.

Other PBX Pros scheduled to play at the PBX Pro-Am in Glendale include American swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist Breeja Larson, 2x MLB All-Star Brad Penny, and 2x MLB All-Star Jeff Cirillo. Professional pickleball player and PBX Pickleball Head Coach Ryan Sherry will also participate.

Gonzalez, Plummer, Larson, Penny, Cirillo, and Sherry will play with and against fans who register for the PBX Pro-Am. The exclusive opportunity will be limited to a maximum of 15 fans, who will spend four hours with the star athletes playing pickleball in a round-robin format, plus enjoying breakfast and lunch during a one-of-a-kind premium experience.

For more information and to register for the Oct. 17 event, call 727-210-7300 or visit

PBX Pickleball will continue to add events nationwide, including one of four PBX Experiences: the PBX Tour, PBX Pro-Ams, PBX Dream Weekends, and PBX Corporate Experiences.

As part of its outreach to athletes across major American sports, PBX Pickleball partnered with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) and the NHL Alumni Association. PBX also partnered with Parity to reach women athletes across 70+ sports.

About PBX Pickleball

PBX Pickleball creates memorable experiences by uniting well-known retired professional athletes with amateur pickleball players and fans. Established in 2023, PBX Pickleball consists of four experiences: the PBX Tour, PBX Pro-Ams, PBX Dream Weekends, and PBX Corporate Experiences. The company is part of The Sports Facilities Companies (SFC), the nation’s leading resource for the management and development of sports, recreation, wellness, and events facilities. To learn more about PBX Pickleball, go to or follow @pbxpickleball on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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 and indoor/outdoor games for all ages. Its mission is to provide an atmosphere that fosters fun, friendship, and community. A key tenet of Chicken N Pickle is demonstrated through the Our Hearts Are Local program, which focuses on creating philanthropic partnerships to strengthen our neighborhoods and beyond. Dozens of charitable events are held annually and proceeds are donated back to the communities we serve. Good Food. Good Friends. Great Fun. For more information, please visit

About The Sports Facilities Companies

The Sports Facilities Companies (SFC) are the nation’s leading resources for the management and development of sports, recreation, wellness, and events facilities. As a turn-key solution for community leaders and developers alike, SFC services span the gamut of sports and recreation needs from sports tourism & recreation master planning, program planning, and feasibility through professional facility management services. Our 45+ managed venues and 2000+ team members, represented by the SF Network, welcome more than 25 million guest visits and produce over $300 million in economic impact each year. To learn more, please visit and

PBX Pickleball Media Contact:

Eric Nemeth



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