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January 26, 2023

CityPickle hires Lydia Hirt as Chief Marketing Officer

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CityPickle Solidifies Stake as New York City’s Home for the Fastest Growing Sport With Impressive New Hire and Ambitious Expansion 

New York City (January 26, 2023) CityPickle, New York City’s home for the country’s fastest growing sport, announces the hire of marketing executive and USA Pickleball Ambassador Lydia Hirt in the role of Chief Marketing Officer. Hirt joins CityPickle ahead of the launch for its first permanent indoor location, in addition to other citywide and national activations in 2023. 

A proven local leader and a USA Pickleball Ambassador for Manhattan, Hirt has a deep bench of experience hosting events and fostering community surrounding the sport in an urban destination. She’s launched social media channels to connect with players of all ages and levels and has been featured for her role in The Washington Post, Bustle, Observer and more.

Hirt also has a proven track record as a marketing executive with more than 15 years of experience. Most recently, she was with Penguin Random House as the Director of Marketing and Partnerships for the iconic Viking and Penguin imprints, supporting notable authors such as Adam Grant, Bozoma Saint John and Elizabeth Gilbert.

“Lydia is an absolute force of nature. She brings a deep playbook to CityPickle, and her impressive professional marketing success coupled with her bright energy and passion for pickleball make her perfect for this role,” said Mary Cannon, CityPickle Co-founder. “Lydia has built a dynamic community of players in New York City and will help drive CityPickle’s next chapter of growth in the City and beyond. We are thrilled she is joining our executive team,” added Erica Desai, CityPickle Co-founder. 

On joining the venerable team at CityPickle, Hirt notes: “As a passionate pickleball player and ardent New Yorker, I am honored to join CityPickle to expand pickleball offerings both here in the City and other urban locations as we look to expand. Pickleball has cultivated connection, friendship and joy into my life that I want to share on a larger scale. I am excited to apply my professional skill set as a brand builder to team up with co-founders Erica Desai and Mary Cannon to welcome New Yorkers to fall in love with pickleball in a whole new way with the CityPickle experience.” 

CityPickle will launch its first permanent location in Long Island City in Spring of 2023. The CityPickle concept combines indoor, climate-controlled courts with a full bar and restaurant, making it the ideal destination to spend healthy, quality time with friends, family and colleagues alike. CityPickle is confirmed for additional activations in the City and nationally as well. 

For more information about CityPickle, please contact Ashton McLeod at

About CityPickle

CityPickle is New York City's home for the country’s fastest growing sport. As the first indoor pickleball club in the City, CityPickle combines climate-controlled courts with a full bar and restaurant, making it the 

ideal destination to connect and spend quality time with friends, family and colleagues alike. CityPickle's first location launches in spring of  2023 in Long Island City following its launch at Hudson Yards and TWA Hotel in 2022.

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The Door | Ashton McLeod (352.857.1530)

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