To make the game of tennis more portable and accessible while supporting kids development in sports.
How it all started: A word from the founder
It all started back in high school when I was living in Penticton with my uncle's family (many of whom you will see in our rankings). Since my uncle is a tennis coach, he always had a lot of extra mini tennis nets lying around from coaching. We would go into the yard, set up the net, take kids rackets and play with foam balls on the grass. Throughout the year we started playing with friends and within no time, we were having tournaments in backyards all the time. The tournaments began to turn into quite the social event and we always had a blast with the night ending long after the tournament. The biggest issue with the game was the lack of portability (and the balls could have been a little bit bouncier on the grass); we would always have to find some way to mark the lines and track down rackets, which would sometimes put us off of playing.
Fast-forward about 10 years, I found myself often talking about how much fun our lawn tennis games used to be and wondering how this was not a big game yet. I have been interested in starting a business for a long time, so I decided to take a look and see if it's possible to bring this game to life...turns out it is!
One thing I really wanted to drive home is just how portable this game is. To test and demonstrate the portability of the game, my fiancée and I traveled around the world with Backpack Tennis to show the possibilities...I know tough job right.
I was also incredibly lucky that my fiancée happens to be a tennis coach and former university player, which you may be able to tell from her dominating me in a few points throughout the video.
We were able to travel to so many places because of my job being based in Europe as a hockey player. Once we were back in Canada, I launched the company through Kickstarter and one successful campaign later, here we are!
My name is James Bettauer, I currently play professional hockey in Germany. I come from a family of tennis players and coaches so tennis has always been a big part of my life. I am also a huge lover of games as anyone who knows me could tell you. Oh and I'm way too competitive, or so they tell me... so much so that I had to create a tennis game just so I could win a tennis match against someone in my family. I'm joking of course, I created it because it's an amazing game and fun for the whole family. So go ahead and buy one, i'll make it easy, click this button-- isn't that a nice button! click it.
If you have read this far then thank you. I hope you get to have a much fun with this game as I have
WE SUPPORT KIDSPORT
We believe in childhood development through sports.
For every Backpack Tennis set purchased, $1 will be donated to KidSport charity. Your purchase of a Backpack Tennis set will also help us to setup our charity tournaments in the Vancouver, Canada area where 100% of the proceeds will go towards KidSport.
KidSport is a charity that focuses on helping underprivileged children that would otherwise not be able to participate in organized sports because of financial limitations. Sports teaches children many lessons and can have a long lasting positive influence on their lives.
WHO CAN PLAY
Backpack Tennis is for all ages. It is perfect for gathering friends or teaching kids how to play tennis.
Backpack Tennis’ foam balls and child sized rackets, designed for Backpack Tennis, are similar to the equipment used by professional tennis coaches for teaching children. Now you can teach and play with your children anywhere thanks to Backpack Tennis.