The National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach will set the scene for National Croquet Day celebrations on Saturday, June 5. The center will host an afternoon of activities from 1 to 4 p.m., including family-friendly supersize and kookie croquet, a croquet skills challenge, and a clinic with resident club pro Sherif Abdelwahab. All equipment will be provided, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.
The wake of COVID-19 spurred a resurgence of America’s most nostalgic leisure sport. From casual play to competitive matches, the sport’s popularity continues to rise as Americans seek activities that will bring them outdoors and promote a healthy lifestyle. Much of croquet’s recent growth can be attributed to golf clubs, resorts, and municipal parks where croquet courts have been added to the mix, positioning the sport as the next pickleball.
In addition to celebratory events at clubs like the one in West Palm Beach, the United States Croquet Association will launch the #JustPlayCroquet photo challenge on social media in honor of the occasion. The campaign will promote public croquet events around the country to inspire a sense of community, as well as to encourage new players of all ages and backgrounds to learn and inspire longtime players to show their love for the sport. Judges will award prizes for the best pictures posted with the #JustPlayCroquet hashtag across multiple categories such as “Most Creative Outfit,” “Most Unique Playing Location,” and “Cutest Croquet Kid.”