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Hillside's 2023 Pickleball Tournament & Expo

Saturday, April 15, 2023 @ Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club

Welcome to the first-ever Hillside Pickleball Tournament & Expo

Join us for this fun Round Robin/Scramble Pickleball event with three different skill levels, male and female mixed, including lunch. The Pickleball Expo – featuring the Pros: Lauren Stratman, Julian Arnold, Emily Ackerman, and Wes Burrows – begins at 5:00 pm along with Happy Hour. Come to play and stay or arrive later for the Expo and Happy Hour. Register early as tickets will sell out FAST!

Proceeds benefit Hillside, a residential community in Santa Barbara serving 59 individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. JP, who calls Hillside home, is kind and athletic and likes to give hugs. He was born with a congenital brain disorder. JP is the son of Jim and Lisa Wilcox, avid pickleball players and Hillside supporters. Lisa serves on the Hillside Board of Directors. The couple are grateful JP is thriving at Hillside thanks to the staff, and they would like to show their gratitude. The Pickleball Tournament is one way for them to do that.

JP, Jim, and Lisa Wilcox
Friends: Olga Herrera Pinal, pickleball player, and Morgan, Hillside resident


Time Activity Player Limit
7:30 am Registration
8:00 – 10:30 am Novice Scramble 16 players max
11:30 am – 2:00 pm Intermediate Scramble 16 players max
2:30 – 5:00 pm Advanced Scramble 16 players max
5:00 – 8:30 pm Expo & Happy Hour

Happy Hour & Expo

Watch the Pros: Julian Arnold, Lauren Stratman, Wes Burrows, and Emily Ackerman play as you socialize, enjoy appetizers, win raffle prizes including signed paddles, PB lessons, and PB net, bid on auction items, and more!

Pickleball Pros attending

Lauren Stratman

Lauren Stratman has quickly risen to the highest ranks of Pickleball. Since her debut in 2020, Lauren has since become one of the top players in the world and was ranked the #1 female player on the APP Tour in 2021. Lauren’s father, Hugh Stratman, was a tennis pro at Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club, and he got her into tennis as a young kid. When she transitioned to Pickleball, she knew that’s where she belonged. Today she plays in the Major Pickleball League for the Las Vegas Night Owls.

Lauren & Julian

Julian Arnold

Julian Arnold was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California. He is now sponsored by Volair, Best Day Brewing, and Chicken N Pickle. He has accumulated 14 medals, most recently a bronze in singles at the PPA Desert Ridge. Julian was also on the most recent winning MLP Premier Team, LA Mad Drops, and was named the MVP of the entire event in February of 2023.

Wes Burrows

Wes Burrows is an aggressive player known for his powerful shots and ruthless volleys. He played for “The Bus” Major League Pickleball Team during the 2022 season alongside Erik Lange, Lauren Stratman, and Susannah Barr.

Emily Ackerman

Emily Ackerman is the former Cal Poly women’s tennis star who may have graduated this past spring, but she isn’t done leaving her mark on the court — this time in Pickleball. The Thousand Oaks, California native earned her first career sponsorship from Volair Pickleball in November. A few weeks later she was drafted by the Chicago Slice in Major League Pickleball, an organization that has received investments from a number of celebrities and high-profile athletes, including Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, LeBron James, and tennis stars Naomi Osaka and Nick Kyrgios.


Registration Options Early Bird by March 21 March 22 until Sold Out
Play a scramble, lunch and swag bag
$150 $175
Stay & Play
Play a scramble, lunch, swag bag and Expo & Happy Hour
$250 $275
Expo & Happy Hour only
Two Drink Tickets and Heavy Appetizers
$125 $150

Player Levels

  • Novice – beginner player (2.0-3.0 rating)
  • Intermediate – good solid player (3.0-3.4 rating)
  • Advanced – high level player (3.5+ or higher rating)

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Levels Sponorship Costs Benefits Number Available
The Big Dill $5,000 • Four Happy Hour Tickets
• Recognition on Event Banner, Website, and Social Media
• Verbal Recognition at the Event
The Kosher $2,500 • Two Happy Hour Tickets
• Recognition on Event Banner, Website, and Social Media
• Verbal Recognition at the Event
The Classic $1,000 • Recognition on Event Banner, Website, and Social Media
• Verbal Recognition at the Event
Bread & Butter $500 • Recognition on Event Banner, Website, and Social Media Unlimited


Please contact Lisa Blunt Wilcox at 805-453-1668 or or Elizabeth Arendt, Development Assistant, Hillside, at 805-687-0788 x110 or

Hillside resident reading a book and smiling at the camera
Hillside resident listening to music and smiling
Hillside volunteers helping a male resident into a lift
Volunteer helping a Hillside resident with stretches