Pickup Portland is run by the Maine Sports Group, founded in 2011 by Steve Haines,
Shawn Legassey and Dajuan Eubanks, the President of the Maine Celtics!
The Maine Sports Group is a non-profit organization providing opportunities for youth sports skills development and scholarships for families unable to afford fee-based sports programs.
It operates the Maine Basketball Academy here at the Stevens Square Community Center. It’s year-round programs teach the fundamentals of basketball and instill confidence in young athletes through clinics, leagues, AAU teams and travel basketball.
Pickup Portland started in the fall of 2021 to provide a fun way for co-ed adults to easily make friends and enjoy basketball, volleyball and pickleball in a low pressure, semi-organized way which also supports Maine Basketball Academy’s non-profit mission.
BASKETBALL Coming Soon!
Traditional pickup basketball can sometimes leave too much to chance, with too few or too many people showing up, uneven teams, friends playing favorites, people getting frozen out and arguments over foul calls.
For some, a basketball league can be too competitive, too much of a time commitment, or too structured for simple enjoyment of the game and healthy exercise.
Pickup Portland Basketball is specially designed to include everyone in a casual, friendly environment, fairly chosen teams, fast moving, rotating games with a scoreboard and a referee.
Sign up, show up and we’ll do the rest while you have fun!
$10 drop or purchase (10) sessions for $50.
VOLLEYBALL Coming Soon!
It can be difficult to find an easy way to enjoy the game of volleyball in Portland, Maine. We’ve created it!
Whether you are a competitive player, someone who fondly remembers playing in the past, or a beginner looking to have fun, Pickup Portland Volleyball is meant to provide a fun, semi-structured way to enjoy the game.
Sign up and show up. We’ll have all the equipment set up and will organize evenly mixed teams, officiate and score games.
PICKLEBALL Coming Soon!
Pickleball is sweeping the nation and is an easily accessible, low impact, fast-paced sport for everyone. It combines elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis using solid paddles to exchange a perforated ball much like a wiffle ball across a net.
Playing pickleball allows you to work on your balance, agility, reflexes, and hand-eye coordination without putting excessive strains on your body. And you’ll love it’s fast pace.
Whether you are someone who used to play tennis but moves around less than you used to, or someone who has never played a racket sport, pickleball is one of the easiest games to immediately pick up and play.
At Pickup Portland Pickleball, we will organize games on three courts with some local veterans of the sport mixed together with beginners to help folks enjoy staying fit and active while having fun. You just sign up and show up. We’ll do the rest!
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?
Our gym is available for private rentals:
Family Functions and Parties
Our gym is home to the Maine Basketball Academy
Blue Wave Basketball
Private and Small Group Basketball, Volleyball, and Pickleball Training
Live Streaming of Games Available
We are part of Stevens Square Community Center that includes, coming soon:
State-of-the-Art Health and Wellness Center
Outdoor Turf Training Area
Personal Training and Health Coaching
Salt Water Indoor Pool