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Drew and Brittany Brees Launch Inaugural NOLA Pickleball Fest

August 10, 2023 - August 13, 2023

NOLA Pickleball Fest

Drew and Brittany Brees to Launch the First NOLA Pickleball Fest

The Brees Dream Foundation, led by NFL veteran Drew Brees and his wife Brittany, is thrilled to announce the creation of the first annual NOLA Pickleball Fest. This spectacular event is set to take place from August 10-13, 2023, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

A Festival of Pickleball, Food, Music, and More

“Brittany and I could not be more excited to bring the first annual NOLA Pickleball Fest to New Orleans,” Drew Brees shares. “We’re combining one of the fastest-growing and most enjoyable sports with a city that knows how to host a party, aiming to create one of the premier events of the summer. It will feature great food, music, events, and plenty of pickleball, all inside the Convention Center. Our goal is to crown amateur champions and raise proceeds for the Brees Dream Foundation that will continue to benefit our ongoing efforts in New Orleans.”

In Collaboration for a Grand Celebration

The Brees Dream Foundation has partnered with the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and New Orleans & Company. It’s also working with national companies Joola and The Kitchen to meticulously organize every aspect of the event.

Features of the NOLA Pickleball Fest

The NOLA Pickleball Fest will be a unique, festival-style pickleball tournament featuring 24 tournament-quality PickleRoll courts, live music, a celebrity exhibition match featuring Drew Brees, and a variety of VIP experiences. The tournament will consist of three divisions of round-robin play: women’s doubles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles for skill levels 3.0 to 5.0+. Competitors can partake in two age brackets: Open and 40 years old and over.

Drew Brees Pickleball
Drew Brees Pickleball

Exceptional Spectator Experience

Spectators can anticipate featured matches being played on a center court with grandstand seating. The Kern Studio Mardi Gras floats will offer a unique VIP viewing experience. This event promises to be an unforgettable experience and the ultimate pickleball party.

Charitable Contribution and Expectations

The Brees Dream Foundation will distribute funds raised from the event to partner charitable organizations along the Gulf Coast. Given the sport’s increasing popularity and the charitable aspect of the NOLA Pickleball Fest, it is expected to be a hit among amateur and seasoned Pickleball players alike.

Boosting New Orleans’ Economy and Community

Walter J. Leger III, President & CEO of New Orleans & Company, expressed his excitement for the city to host the annual NOLA Pickleball Fest. “This event will provide a critical summertime tourism boost for the New Orleans economy and also help the entire community served by the Brees Dream Foundation.”

Looking Forward to the Best Tournament in the Nation

Michael J. Sawaya, Convention Center President, echoed the sentiments, saying, “The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is delighted to welcome the inaugural NOLA Pickleball Fest to New Orleans this August. With the passion of the Brees Dream Foundation and the diligent support of local tourism leaders, there is no doubt the tournament will grow into the best tournament in the nation and benefit our community for years to come.”

$90 per player per event

Registration: Jun 08, 2023 8:00 AM – Aug 02, 2023

Additional Information
Mens Doubles : Rounds 1-4 on Aug 10, Rounds 5-8 on Aug 12, Championship matches Aug 13
Womens Doubles : Rounds 1-4 on Aug 11, Rounds 5-8 on Aug 12, Championship matches Aug 13
Mixed Doubles : Rounds 1-4 on Aug 11, Rounds 5-8 on Aug 13, Championship matches Aug 13

PickleRoll roll out courts will be used in the convention center to create 24 regular playing courts and one “center stage” court.

Refund Policy
Refunds will be given minus $20 to cover fees until Aug 2, 2023.

Surface Type: Synthetic / Acrylic
Play Area Type: Indoor Air Conditioned
Net Type: Portable
Ball Used: TBD
Number of Courts: 25
Parking: No Fee
Max Events Per Registration 2
Guaranteed Games Per Event 6

More information about NOLA Pickleball Fest will be provided here when registration begins, You can also visit NolaPickleFest.com and DrewBrees.com for more information.


August 10, 2023
August 13, 2023
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Drew Brees
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Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130 United States
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