With the traditional Sunshine State Games month of June on the horizon, it’s time to register for the Pickleball Championships at the 45th Annual Sunshine State Games. A total of 11 sports are scheduled to be contested between now and the end of June.

The PicklePlex of Punta Gorda will be the host site for the 2024 SSG Pickleball Championships, Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9.

We are thrilled to host the Sunshine State Games Pickleball Championship for the second consecutive year. While in town, the athletes will have the opportunity to play at a state-of-the arts complex while enjoying the beauty of the Punta Gorda Englewood Beach area and all it has to offer our visitors.” says Sean Walter, Business Development Director – Sales/Sports for Punta Gorda/Englewod Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau.

The 2024 Games features competition in Singles, Men's and Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles.  As an added bonus, the weekend begins with a PIckleball clinic hosted by the Sunshine State Games Sport Director, Andy Rubenstein. 

This event is a qualifier for the 2024 Florida Senior Games. The top five finishers in each age group qualify for the 2024 Games, in December, in Florida’s Sports Coast/Pasco County. Athletes who qualify in one event can compete in all three Florida Senior Games events.

This event is also a qualifier for the 2024 State Games of America, July 17-21, in San Diego, California.

The Pickleball entry fee is $25 and $5 for each additional event.  All entries must be received by Friday, May 24.

More competition and registration information can be found here:  www.sunshinestategames.com/pickleball.

Also on Thursday, June 6, Nike Adult Pickleball Camp will be held at the PicklePlex of Punta Gorda, featuring Andy Rubenstein.  This is the perfect location for players to learn and improve their skills in one of the fastest growing sports in America!

This adult pickleball camp, begins at 5:00 p.m., and is designed to address athlete's specific needs, increase knowledge of the game and help you improve in a fun and friendly environment.

CLICK HERE for more details of the camp and registration information.  The registration fee is $130 and a portion of the entry fee benefits the Sunshine State Games. 


Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is Florida’s best-kept secret of a charming natural paradise located on the idyllic Southwest Gulf Coast. This coastal community surrounding the state’s second-largest harbor sits conveniently between Tampa and Naples. Outdoor enthusiasts will find a haven of vibrant experiences in the sun-soaked oasis of the Southwest Florida islands, characterized by almost year-round sunshine and sub-tropical weather. Relaxation and discovery await in miles of waterways and inland exploration trails filled with unspoiled natural beauty. From beaches to boating, hiking to harbor tours, fishing to nature paths; to sun, shelling, and fossilized sharks’ teeth, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach immerses lively locals and active adventurers in a pure island experience. Most notably known for its 830 miles of pristine unparalleled shoreline, including captivating river passages, a mangrove-edged aquatic preserve, and more than a dozen miles of natural Gulf beaches, the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast includes the areas of Boca Grande, Don Pedro Island, Englewood-Cape Haze, Little Gasparilla Island, Manasota Key, Knight Island, Placida, Babcock Ranch, Port Charlotte, Charlotte Harbor and Punta Gorda.

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Media Contact:

Lois Croft, Public Relations Manager Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau