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Chicken Salad Chick Introduces the Chick Melt

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Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept announced today the launch of its brand-new menu item, The Chick Melt. Recently, Gabrielle Shaiman, the Melt Marketing Manager at Chicken Salad Chick, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss the new menu offering, what makes Chicken Salad Chick unique, and some exciting, upcoming promotions. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/HPTbmKJPKvo This new, exciting addition to menus nationwide will feature each guest’s choice of one of Chicken Salad Chick’s 12+ chicken salad flavors paired with provolone cheese, all atop a toasted, buttery croissant. The balance of the sandwich’s golden-brown, crispy exterior and melted, gooey cheesy interior, naturally elevates the brand’s famous made-from-scratch chicken salad flavors to a whole new level. As part of this new menu item launch, Chicken Salad Chick guests can expect to experience the Southern hospitality that Chicken Salad Chick is known for with the following specials and giveaways. · “Make Patty Melt” From September 18 – 23 all guests named Patty, Patrick, Patricia, or the like, can receive a free Chick Melt at all Chicken Salad Chick locations. · “Nothing Fishy Here” From October 25 – 27, guests can say goodbye to “tuna melt breath” when they exchange a can of tuna for a free Chick Melt, at participating locations. All cans collected will be donated to a homeless shelter or food bank chosen by each location. For more information and to find a restaurant location near you, visit chickensaladchick.com Gabrielle Shaiman Gabrielle Shaiman brings years of marketing experience to Chicken Salad Chick. She leads the development and execution of creative and content assets used across the entire Chicken Salad Chick brand. She manages brand communication platforms and supports both corporate and individual owners with marketing new product launches as well as day-to-day menu items and specials. She has served as one of the creative masterminds behind the launch of the new Chick Melt, earning her "Marketing & Melt Expert" title. Gabrielle graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

September 14, 2023 12:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Revenue Management Solutions Reveals Groundbreaking Comparisons to Pre-Pandemic QSR Performance

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First-half 2023 traffic is down by nearly 20% compared to 2019 Average check increases of more than 40% contribute to higher sales Revenue Management Solutions, a world leader in addressing profitability challenges for the restaurant industry, has unveiled groundbreaking insights with a comparative analysis of current Quick-Service Restaurant (QSR) performance with pre-pandemic levels. RMS compared sales, traffic and average check in the first halves of 2022 and 2023 to the same period in 2019, shedding light on how the extreme market forces of the past three years have affected the industry. “Most of the industry compares month-over-month or year-over-year data. For example, August 2023 traffic was down just half a percent compared to 2022,” said RMS Senior Vice President Richard Delvallée. “This approach reveals gradual changes but not the seismic shifts our comparisons indicate. The landscape has indeed changed for QSR and its customer base.” Not back to normal Standard indices suggest consumers have resumed pre-pandemic behavior. However, the RMS analysis found otherwise. Here are some key observations: QSR traffic is down nearly 20% (18.4%) when comparing June 2023 to June 2019, with traffic consistently trending downward since January 2022, when it was just 15.5% lower than 2019. Overall, QSR average check is 40% higher than pre-pandemic. Average check grew by 51% in specific dayparts. Consumer behavior has shifted permanently away from QSR dine-in. The channel lost nearly half of overall traffic in the past two years. Lunch traffic is consistently down by about 20%, likely due to hybrid work. Similarly, breakfast traffic took a nosedive in 2023 compared to last year. Performance by channel Performance is not created equal when comparing QSR channels. RMS’ analysis reveals a drastic shift towards drive-thru long after dining rooms reopened. Drive-thru: Traffic is down an average of 12% in 2023 compared to 2019. Net sales remain positive (+25%) due to steep increases in average check, which is up 42% for the year — jumping as high as 49.5% in January 2023. Drive-thru accounts for 2/3 of QSR revenue. Dine-in: Across 2023, dine-in traffic was down an average of 47%, finishing Q2 at a 43.6% loss. Average check growth was more conservative — up 36%, keeping net sales in negative territory (-25%). Takeout: Traffic is down an average of 36% in 2023 compared to 2019, with 42% average check growth and net sales down nearly 10%. “Pandemic dine-in restrictions forced a complete halt to dine-in,” said Delvallée. “As restrictions lifted, labor shortages forced operators to limit in-store service. Now, three years out, the convenience-driven behaviors adopted by guests remain and are being reinforced by improved drive-thru technology and operations.” Performance by daypart Daypart analysis further suggests dining behavior has not returned to “normal.” Average check growth of nearly 50% (47.5%) kept net sales positive for all dayparts, but traffic is significantly down. Breakfast: Traffic was down an average of 21.5% in 2023. Breakfast performed much better in 2022, when decreases were just 8% lower than in pre-pandemic 2019. Net sales remain positive (+16%). Lunch: Traffic is down an average of 18% for 2023 compared to 2019. Net sales are up an average of 18%, driven by a 45% growth in average check. Dinner: Traffic remained most stable but still experienced a decrease — down 15% across the first half of 2023. Net sales were up an average of 25%. Upcoming Pricing Pressure Price increases have been pivotal in sustaining QSR revenue, but how much can customers bear before breaking? When RMS surveyed over 1,000 US consumers, 31% reported spending less at restaurants. Among those consuming less, 1 in 2 are doing so by ordering less frequently from restaurants. “Going into the last quarter of 2023, operators have to be very surgical in their pricing strategy,” notes Delvallée. “This data will undoubtedly help restaurants adapt to the new landscape and enter 2024 stronger.” About Revenue Management Solutions Revenue Management Solutions specializes in delivering actionable insights and providing solutions that drive sales, streamline costs and maximize profitability. With a data-driven approach, RMS supports iconic brands and emerging concepts in over 40 countries, spanning more than 100,000 locations. For more information on how RMS helps executives and finance professionals in the restaurant industry overcome profitability challenges, visit revenuemanage.com. Contact Details Center Reach Communications Tracy Henderson +1 720-989-3530 tracy@centerreachcommunication.com Company Website https://www.revenuemanage.com

September 14, 2023 08:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Ready Together: Nextdoor Helps to Build Local Readiness for National Preparedness Month

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A video to accompany this release can be found here: https://youtu.be/PTGKeHmGvQQ Imagine turning to the person next door in a crisis and knowing they're ready to lend a hand. When disaster strikes, proximity matters, and your neighbors are a vital resource. From high intensity hurricanes like 2022’s Hurricane Ian, to the extreme heat hitting much of the country this summer, to most recently, the heartbreaking wildfires ravaging Maui, the frequency, severity and number of counties affected by extreme weather events has been on the rise. In fact, between January 2013 and January 2023, 88.5% of all U.S. counties declared a natural disaster, including 95% of the 200 most populated counties. Research shows that well-connected neighbors are more resilient in disaster situations. This September, National Preparedness Month is the time to connect with neighbors and prepare for emergencies that may hit your community. As you prepare your home and family for weather events, build a plan with your community to pool resources, evaluate needs and ensure every neighbor is prepared and connected. Neighborhood network app Nextdoor connects people to the neighborhoods that matter to them so that they can thrive. It's where neighbors turn to give or get trusted advice, recommendations and help; during a crisis, this purpose takes a crucial role. Caty Kobe, Nextdoor's Head of Community, conducted a nationwide media tour providing information about neighborhood resilience, the power of community in crisis moments, and important tips and tools for building a Neighborhood Preparedness plan. Topics that were discussed included: • The latest Nextdoor features and tools that help neighbors stay connected during a weather event • How neighbors on Nextdoor are leveraging the platform to encourage community preparedness and resilience • The long-term benefits of fostering a prepared and connected neighborhood, beyond just the month of awareness. • Anecdotes and examples of neighbors helping neighbors in your region during a natural disaster. • How individuals and communities can actively participate in National Preparedness Month through Nextdoor FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: NEXTDOOR.COM/CRISIS To connect with your neighbors on Nextdoor.com, download the app on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or visit nextdoor.com About Nextdoor Nextdoor (NYSE: KIND) is where you connect to the neighborhoods that matter to you so you can belong. Kindness is core to our purpose: to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on. Neighbors around the world turn to Nextdoor daily to receive trusted information, give and get help, get things done, and build real-world connections with those nearby — neighbors, businesses, and public services. Today, neighbors rely on Nextdoor in more than 305,000 neighborhoods across 11 countries. In the U.S., 1 in 3 households uses the network. Nextdoor is based in San Francisco. For additional information and images: nextdoor.com/newsroom. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

September 13, 2023 01:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Snapchat Keeping the Focus on User Safety

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In an era where digital interactions are an integral part of daily life, ensuring a safe online environment is paramount – especially for kids. Recently, Nona Yadegar, the Director of Design at Snapchat, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss Snapchat’s new safety features and the importance of creating safe, online spaces for kids to interact. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/_chmGR1TC_8 For more information, visit Snapchat, the popular platform built to foster expressive communication with your closest friends, is taking additional measures to ensure a safe and engaging online experience for children aged 13-17. New measures include: • Further restricting unwanted contact from strangers/suspicious accounts and making your Search experience safer. • A more age-appropriate content experience on public content platforms (such as removing suggestive content by default). • New efforts to find and crack down on accounts that may be trying to promote age-inappropriate content/commercial services. • And more focus on helping educate teens about common online risks, like catfishing and sexual exploitation. These protections will limit unwanted interactions on Snapchat for younger users, ensure content is age-appropriate, and improve education about common online risks, including steps teens and their parents can take to prevent them. In addition, Snapchat have heard from parents about the need for more tools and resources to help them better understand how to use the app, how to use the parent tools, and to better understand the threats teens face online. To better empower parents, Snapchat created a parents’ guide at parents.snapchat.com as well as a new YouTube explainer series. To learn more, check out this Snapchat blog post detailing the app’s most recent announcement. About Nona Yadegar Nona Yadegar is a Director on Snap’s design team. In this role, she acts as a cross-functional leader, aligning and prioritizing product and feature development. Nona draws upon her policy, safety and legal experience, having previously served as the Director of Platform Policy & Social Impact for Snap. Nona graduated with a BA in Political Science from Duke University, and with a JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She is based in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband David and her children Elio, Yael, and Farah Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

September 13, 2023 12:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Bespoke Education Announces B Corp™ Certification for Commitment to Education

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Bespoke Education Inc., which for more than 20 years has provided the highest quality tutoring, test preparation, and academic support to students from elementary through graduate school in both New York and France, today announced that it has become a Certified B Corporation™ ("B Corp"), recognizing and deepening its commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Bespoke Education chose the B Lab Impact Assessment for quantifying their environmental and social performance. Through B Lab, Bespoke underwent a rigorous and comprehensive review of its social practices and was assessed across five key components: governance, workers, community, environment, and customers. Upon completion of the Impact Assessment, Bespoke achieved an overall score of 89.9, placing the company above the average score of 51 set by “ordinary” (non-certified) businesses. Bespoke Education's 2023 full certification report can be found HERE. “Our certification reflects the transformational change Bespoke has undergone in recent years. In 2022, 70% of the students Bespoke tutored in the U.S. were from underserved communities,” said Tim Levin, founder and CEO of Bespoke Education. “B Corp certification is both a significant milestone and an important step in our continuing journey to help students reach their full potential by learning better with confidence and conviction.” About Bespoke Education With offices in New York and Paris, France, Bespoke Education’s mission is to provide exceptional educational support for students throughout their schooling. For over two decades, Bespoke’s team of tutors, proctors, and full-time staff have offered the highest quality tutoring, test preparation, and academic support to students from elementary through graduate school. Bespoke has worked with more than 35,000 students in the Tri-State area and around the world. Knowing the schools, administrators, and curricula in the areas where it serves, Bespoke builds long-term relationships with students, families, counselors, and administrators to provide the most comprehensive services. Bespoke believes the mentor-student relationship is fundamental to guiding students in acquiring new habits and skills. Once this trusting relationship is established and students meet with newfound success, they become increasingly confident and motivated to take on new challenges. About B Lab B Lab is transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. A leader in economic systems change, our global network creates standards, policies, tools, and programs for business, and we certify companies - known as B Corps - who are leading the way. To date, our community includes 380,000 workers in over 5,000 B Corps across 79 countries and 153 industries, and more than 150,000 companies manage their impact with the B Impact Assessment and the SDG Action Manager. To learn more and join the movement, click HERE.Certified B Corporations, or B Corps™, are companies verified by B Lab to meet the high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Contact Details Razor Sharp PR Ray Young +1 512-694-6097 ray@razorsharppr.com Company Website https://www.bespokeeducation.com/

September 13, 2023 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Experienced SaaS CEO Junior Gaspard joins Logitix’s Board of Directors

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Logitix, the leader in live event ticketing technology and analytics, announced that Junior Gaspard has been named to the company’s Board of Directors. Gaspard is an experienced SaaS CEO and past recipient of Sports Business Journal’s Forty under 40 award. As a member of Logitix’s board, Gaspard will support the company’s overall strategy, business development, marketing, organizational design, and culture. Logitix manages millions of tickets for teams and properties from the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA, plus live event properties across the music, performing arts, and entertainment industries. Its unique platform analyzes millions of real-time data points, providing up-to-the-minute insights within the live event marketplace. Logitix optimizes ticket sales outcomes for all partners through proprietary dynamic pricing and distribution. Gaspard joins an impressive Board of Directors and advisors, which includes the Chair of the PBS Board of Directors Larry Irving, sports industry and e-commerce executive Danielle Maged, entertainment executive and former Harlem Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider, Logitix CEO Stu Halberg, ZMC Managing Partner Jordan Turkewitz, ZMC Partner Ripan Kadakia, and Co-Founder and former CEO of Tessitura Network Jack Rubin. “Junior is a dynamic executive who joins an all-star group of leaders on the Logitix board,” said Halberg. “We are fortunate to have such incredible minds to support and grow our business and ultimately bring the best ticketing technology and analytics to our clients.” Through his role as CEO of Experience, Gaspard established himself as a well-respected leader in the sports and entertainment industries, having partnered with over 200 of the nation’s top professional and collegiate teams. Experience was a mobile commerce platform that was acquired by Cox Enterprises. Its clients included some of the largest brands in the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, NCAA, and LiveNation. Its mobile upgrade and subscription ticketing technology was used by 2 million fans annually at 65,000 events. About Logitix Logitix is the preeminent monetization engine and ticketing platform for the live event industry, combining optimized pricing, distribution, and inventory management with real-time insights to help sellers and buyers respond to a rapidly changing market environment. The Logitix vision is to automate the entire ticket life cycle and provide data-driven insights to serve the diverse needs of its clients. The company is backed by ZMC and is privately held. For more information about Logitix, visit Logitix.com or find them on LinkedIn. Contact Details Eric Nemeth +1 602-502-2793 nemeth@ericpr.com Company Website https://logitix.com/

September 13, 2023 07:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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INTRODUCING THE ULTIMATE AUTUMN INDULGENCE: COLLAGEN COFFEE PUMPKIN SPICE FROM NUTRACOLLAGEN®

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Grand Rapids, MI based Advanced Protein Technology, which has been in the collagen business since 2004 is thrilled to announce the launch of a sensational new flavorful pumpkin spice Collagen Coffee product that combines the rich, authentic flavor of Colombian coffee with the nourishing benefits of grass-fed bovine collagen and MCT Coconut oil powder. Crafted with care and designed for those who appreciate both delicious flavor and wellness, Collagen Coffee Pumpkin Spice is the perfect companion for coffee enthusiasts and health-conscious individuals alike. Pumpkin season is here! This cozy collagen coffee drink can be best enjoyed to start your day, as an afternoon pick-me-up or even as an after dinner treat. A blend of the rich tastes of flavorful pumpkin, coffee, and a super creamy combo of warm delicious spices. Key Features of Collagen Coffee Pumpkin Spice: - Real Colombian Coffee: We start with the finest Colombian coffee beans, ensuring a bold and authentic coffee flavor that's second to none. - 11g of premium Grass-Fed Bovine Collagen: Experience the rejuvenating benefits of collagen with every sip. Collagen is known for its role in supporting healthy skin, hair, nails, and joints. - MCT Coconut Oil Powder: Our blend includes MCT Coconut oil powder, a healthy fat source that provides sustained energy and mental clarity throughout your day. - No Sugar Added: We understand the importance of a low-sugar lifestyle. That's why our Collagen Coffee Pumpkin Spice contains no added sugars. - Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free: Perfect for individuals with dietary restrictions, our product is gluten-free and dairy-free, allowing more people to enjoy its delightful taste. - No Hormones or Artificial Flavors: We prioritize your health and well-being. There is no use hormones or artificial flavors in our product. - Keto and Paleo Friendly: Collagen Coffee Pumpkin Spice aligns with keto and paleo diets, making it an excellent choice for those following these lifestyles. Whether you prefer your coffee brewed with hot water for a comforting morning ritual or blended with cold water for a refreshing iced coffee, Collagen Coffee Pumpkin Spice caters to your preferences. With its versatility, you can enjoy this quintessential flavor of fall. "We are excited to introduce Collagen Coffee Pumpkin Spice to our customers," said Scott Christensen, Senior Director of Operations. "This product reflects our commitment to providing high-quality, health-conscious beverages that elevate the collagen coffee-drinking experience no matter what the season! We believe it's the perfect blend of flavor and wellness." Collagen Coffee Pumpkin Spice will be available for purchase on www.nutracollagen.com and www.collagencoffee.com starting September 12. Join us in celebrating the arrival of fall with a cup of this exquisite Collagen Coffee Pumpkin Spice For more information about Collagen Coffee Pumpkin Spice or to inquire about wholesale opportunities, please visit www.collagencoffee.com or contact NutraCollagen ® at (616) 930-1189. Contact: customer@nutracollagen.com NUTRACOLLAGEN® brand of collagen products are formulated, manufactured, and distributed by Grand Rapids, Michigan based Advanced Protein Technology, LLC. Dedicated to delivering superior nutritional ingredients with the highest quality for the best price, producing all products while strictly adhering to HACCP, ISO, and GMP standards. Dedicated, in-house technicians have been globally sourcing ingredients and raw materials for over 20 years in the Food & Beverage, Nutraceutical, and Cosmetic industries. Experience and knowledge are the cornerstone of NutraCollagen®, with a business model built on integrity. Contact Details NutraCollagen Jason Gould +1 616-288-0068 customer@nutracollagen.com

September 12, 2023 09:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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How Clean Energy Jobs are Driving the Economy

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The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is the largest investment in climate and clean energy in U.S. history, and within the last year, companies have created more than 170,600 new clean energy jobs nationwide. Recently, Lori Lodes, the Executive Director of Climate Power, and Gina McCarthy, Former White House Climate Advisor, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss how families are benefitting from the law and how clean energy jobs are reshaping the economy. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/rrfT-Kddz7I?si=1S6U7FzbYqvQhh-a Clean energy projects created 170,606 new jobs in 44 states between August 16, 2022 and July 20, 2023. There are 272 new clean energy projects in small towns and big cities nationwide, totaling $278 billion in new investments. Plans include 91 new battery manufacturing sites in places like Tucson, Arizona; Rochester, New York; and Florence County, South Carolina. So far, companies have announced plans for 65 new or expanded electric vehicle manufacturing facilities in Savannah, Georgia; Montgomery, Alabama; Auburn Hills, Michigan — and more. A further 84 plans were announced to develop wind and solar manufacturing in cities including Cochranton, Pennsylvania; Pensacola, Florida; and Georgetown, Texas. The majority of projects are in five states — Michigan, Georgia, South Carolina, California, and Texas. The jobs being created across the country are good-paying opportunities for electricians, mechanics, construction workers, technicians, support staff, and thousands of others. Many of these clean energy jobs come with higher wages and good benefits without requiring a four-year degree — meaning they’re accessible to most Americans. For more information, visit climatepower.us About Lori Lodes Lori Lodes is the executive director of Climate Power, a strategic communications operation focused on building political will and public support for bold climate action. It was founded going into the 2020 US presidential election and played a key role in establishing climate as a core message for the Biden campaign and Build Back Better agenda. Before stewarding Climate Power, Lori spent a handful of years in corporate communications at Apple. She was deputy director of communications for Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016, and she spent many years working on communication initiatives for the Affordable Care Act and healthcare.gov. About Gina McCarthy The first White House National Climate Advisor and former U.S. EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, is one of the nation’s most respected voices on climate change, the environment, and public health. As head of the Climate Policy Office, McCarthy’s leadership led to the most aggressive action on climate in U.S. history, creating new jobs and unprecedented clean energy innovation and investments across the country. Her commitment to bold action, supported by the climate and clean energy provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, restored U.S. climate leadership on a global stage and put a new U.S. national target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 within reach. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

September 12, 2023 01:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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THE APP ANNOUNCES NEW APP SIGNATURE EVENT: 2024 APP U.S. COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND MIDWEST OPEN

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First-of-its-kind event will take place January 3-7 at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana; Signature event features college teams from across the country competing in a unique new team format for $50,000* in prize money; Registration will open September 14 on PickleballBrackets.com CHICAGO (SEPTEMBER 12, 2023) -- The Association of Pickleball Players (APP) announced today its first APP Signature Event of its 2024 calendar, the inaugural APP U.S. Collegiate Championships and Midwest Open, held January 3-7 at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana. This event, the first of a multi-year partnership, will mark one of the largest pickleball events ever in the state of Indiana and is presented in partnership with Westfield Sports Commission, Hamilton County Sports Authority, Hamilton County Tourism, Indiana Sports and Tourism Bid Fund, and Grand National Racquet Center, a world-class racquet facility in development in Westfield and opening in 2025. The first competition of its kind, the nationally-televised 2024 APP U.S. Collegiate Championships will invite the top college pickleball teams from across the nation to showcase their skills in head-to-head competition. Each team will be comprised of a minimum of four players (two women and two men) and a maximum of six players (three women and three men) and take part in a unique new team competition. Matches from pool play through the finals will be rally scoring, win by one, and consist of singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Scoring will follow the “Every. Pickle. Point. Counts.” scoring system where scoring for match wins is cumulative, with points bonuses for games won. Under this scoring system, every game and every point matters. College teams wishing to enter the tournament are asked to register their intention to field a team via theapp.global. Full registration details for all college teams confirmed to take part will be shared at a later date by the APP. Alongside the 2024 APP U.S. Collegiate Championships, the APP will hold the APP Midwest Open for players of all ages and skill levels. The event will also feature a pro wildcard playoff, guaranteeing pro champions a wildcard entry into a designated 2024 APP Tour event. The amateur brackets will follow the traditional APP double-elimination format for singles, doubles, and mixed doubles competitions. Amateur and wildcard pro player registrations for the event will open September 14 on PickleballBrackets.com. The 2024 APP U.S. Collegiate Championships and Midwest Open will take place at the 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, located 30 miles north of Indianapolis and named the fastest growing city in the state of Indiana. Grand Park Sports Campus is home to the Pacers Athletic Center, serves as the training camp home for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, and boasts 57 outdoor fields for soccer, football, lacrosse, baseball, and softball. “I am so excited to see the vision come to reality with the launch of this event with the APP and such a terrific group of committed partners,” commented John Moorin, Founder, MD Sports Marketing. “When I first talked to Ken Hermann [APP Founder] about the idea to bring collegiate pickleball to Westfield, I knew I called the right person. I have many unforgettable memories playing in APP events and I am so happy to help create that same excitement for the college athletes who will compete in this great, nationally-televised event. It’s going to be incredible!” Grand Park Events Center, a 377,000-square-foot facility will be transformed to a pickleball mecca for the APP U.S. Collegiate Championships and Midwest Open, featuring 28 pickleball courts and a Championship Court, as well as stadium seating with visibility of all courts, VIP seating, player locker rooms, and a large bar and restaurant overlooking play. “We are excited to host the 2024 APP U.S. Collegiate Championships and Midwest Open here at Grand Park Sports Campus in its inaugural year and for years to come! The addition of pickleball to the campus continues to show how we can utilize the facility for a variety of sports.” said Matt Trnian, Grand Park Director. “We are thrilled to be heading to Westfield for our first APP Signature Event of 2024, the inaugural APP U.S. Collegiate Championships and Midwest Open,” said APP Founder Ken Herrmann. “This event is a special one – it's the first of its kind to feature college-level pickleball teams battling it out for gold and it kicks off our long-term efforts in the collegiate space. You will see exponential growth in college pickleball in 2024, with new events by the APP, and at colleges and universities across the country. We are excited to help fuel this growth and put on a world-class tournament for college players, and everyone who takes part.” Matt Deck, Westfield Sports Commission President, noted “the Westfield Sports Commission could not be more excited about our first official event and the beginning of a long-lasting relationship with the APP!” “I am thrilled to welcome the Association of Pickleball Players and all participants to the inaugural APP U.S. Collegiate Championships and Midwest Open at Grand Park Sports Campus”, said Westfield Mayor, Andy Cook. “This event marks a significant milestone for our city, showcasing our commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles and fostering community through sports. We are honored to host this prestigious event and look forward to witnessing the passion and talent of pickleball players nationwide.” “The Hamilton County Sports Authority team looks forward to welcoming the APP for this innovative and exciting new event highlighting both collegiate and open play,” said Hamilton County Sports Authority Director Carl Daniels. “It’s tremendous to see the platform the APP provides for pickleball players of all skill levels. Our team is excited to create a memorable experience in our destination for all these athletes.” "I am excited to join the celebration of athleticism and sportsmanship that the APP U.S. Collegiate Championships and Midwest Open bring to our city”, stated Scott Willis, Westfield’s Mayor Elect. “I congratulate the APP for organizing this event and thank them for choosing Westfield as the host location. This is a first for Grand Park and an expansion of sporting events at the park. I am eager to support and continue building upon initiatives that enhance our community's quality of life and promote the spirit of competition." To stay tuned on additional updates, visit theapp.global and the APP’s social media channels Instagram, X, Threads, TikTok, Facebook and LinkedIn. * subject to official rules and eligibility About the APP Founded in 2019, the Association of Pickleball Players (APP) serves professionals, amateurs and recreational players of all ages in the fastest growing sport in the USA. The APP operates the APP Tour, the first and only tour fully and officially sanctioned by USA Pickleball. The 2023 APP Tour slate has 16 announced tournament stops, in addition to International and Collegiate Series events. The APP also prides itself on developing the next generation of pickleball champions through its Next Gen Series, the Next Gen National Team, and other youth initiatives. To stay tuned on additional updates, visit theapp.global and the APP’s social media channels Instagram, X, Threads, TikTok, Facebook and LinkedIn. About Hamilton County Sports Authority Hamilton County Sports Authority (HCSA), a division of Hamilton County Tourism, creates positive economic and community impact by attracting, supporting and developing sporting events, facilities and clubs for Hamilton County, Indiana. About the Westfield Sports Commission The Westfield Sports Commission (WSC) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that was formed in 2023 to grow sports tourism in the City of Westfield. WSC attracts, supports, and leverages diverse, high-quality sporting events to positively impact the quality of life, image, and long-term economic stability of the community. Contact Details The Association of Pickleball Players Daniel Sagerman +1 847-800-8182 dsagerman@theapp.global City of Westfield Chris Proffitt +1 317-804-3000 cproffitt@westfield.in.gov Westfield Sports Commission Matt Deck +1 317-903-9333 mdeck@tradewinds.net Hamilton County Sports Authority Gabby Blauert +1 708-629-9618 gblauert@hamiltoncountytourism.com Company Website https://www.theapp.global/

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