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Pickleball For Heroes to support Operation TBI Freedom

The pickleball community is proud to support Operation TBI Freedom, a program of Craig Hospital through events and fundraising efforts like Amazon Smile. The Pickleball for Heroes Tournament has raised over $330,000 for the program.

Since 2000, more than 7,200 Veterans in Colorado have returned from conflict with traumatic brain injuries. For those with this serious yet often invisible injury, the transition to civilian life can be especially difficult. To meet the needs of Veterans with TBI, Operation TBI Freedom (OTF), a donor-funded 501(c)(3) program of Englewood’s Craig Hospital, offers individualized, relationship-oriented case management with certified brain injury specialists. The OTF staff provide Veterans with crisis and suicide prevention counseling; emergency funding; employment and education assistance; mental and medical health referrals and support; outdoor recreation/therapy and adaptive equipment; and a variety of psychosocial educational programming, including financial management and parenting classes.


The pickleball community has set a goal to raise $1 million for Operation TBI Freedom, and recently found an easy and innovative way to meet that goal in addition to the Pickleball for Heroes Tournament. AmazonSmile is a program that allows purchasers of the millions of Amazon products to ensure that a percentage (0.5%) of their purchase directly to Operation TBI Freedom in the name of the pickleball community. The steps are painless, and the impact potentially huge. Please consider this wonderful opportunity!

To direct your donations to Operation TBI Freedom, start by signing into your Amazon account through Once you are there, follow these easy steps:

  1. Sign in with your credentials
  2. Select as your charity: Craig Hospital
  3. Start shopping!
  4. Add a bookmark for to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile

That's it! Just remember to always sign into Amazon through Your donations have already helped veterans, and will continue to do so through this generous program.

I am passionate about honoring the Veterans who have suffered TBIs while paying the price for our freedom. It’s difficult to understand TBI if you haven’t experienced it. Because I have been there, I have a unique understanding of the challenges these brave men and women face. The Pickleball for Heroes tournament and our other fundraisers are a way to give back to them.

"Pickleball Ken" Marquardt