Dink Pickleball In a Nutshell
- Events in 9 states with an international festival
- 1 national tournament
- 3 series tournaments
- A 50+ series circuit
- A 13-15 year old series
- 2 great community service fundraising events
- Housed at the Hy-Vee Arena a monster 24 court facility with resturants, bars, health, retail, and a digital video streaming studio facility
Mickey Collins’ passion for pickleball began in April 2015 when he attended a small community center tournament. He likes to say that it was there that he was bitten by the pickleball bug. He began to play with a vengeance and immersed himself in everything that the sport had to offer. It was a humble beginning for Dink Pickleball Tournaments and Events with 3 courts in a community setting. Mickey later partnered with 68 Inside Sports to secure 5 courts for league play.
In the fall of 2015, Mickey planned his first event which was an $800 Pickleball Shootout. It was here that Mickey forged a relationship with the nationally ranked Jack Oxler who walked away with the grand prize.
Dink’s next project was to create a yearly cross-state tournament. The MO-KAN Series was debuted in January 2016 and has grown steadily. The 4th annual 2019 MO-KAN Tournament will be held at the Hy-Vee Arena in Kansas City and is expected to register over 500 players. Dink Pickleball Tournaments and Events currently hosts cross-state tournament series for MO-KAN (Missouri-Kansas), KY-ANA (Kentucky-Indiana) and GA-ALA (Georgia-Alabama) as well as the Las Vegas Open, Mid-America Open, and the Kansas City Open, with more in the works.
In addition to the tournaments, Dink is probably most well-known for its festivals. The idea for a non-competitive yearly festival to celebrate “all things pickleball” occurred to Mickey early on his journey. In 2017, he formed a partnership with Nick Holmes and Sara Garrett of Brightstar Events to make it a reality.
TSAC 1 was held in September of 2017 and brought in almost 150 attendees from all over the world. Mickey partnered with Franklin Sports, the festival’s title sponsor, to feature non-competitive open play, clinics, food, live music and entertainment. The endeavor was an undeniable success and garnered rave reviews from media outlets and participants. TSAC 2 was the follow up to the inaugural event and, as promised, was bigger and better. It was the first event held at the Hy-Vee Arena and utilized their state of the art facilities and as wells as Hy-Vee’s 24 brand new pickleball courts.
In 2019, Dink looks forward to hosting more festivals all over the country. Kansas City’s pickleball festival will always be Dink Pickleball’s flagship event, and Las Vegas is sure to be amazing.
Dink Pickleball Tournaments and Events is most proud of the annual community events and raffles it hosts that help organizations like Harvester’s, Susan G. Komen, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. As Mickey says, “We do more than just play!”