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Major League Pickleball’s Brooklyn Aces have added some star power to the roster.

Drake and Michael B. Jordan have invested in the team as part of a new round of investors that includes experts in technology, finance, business, sports and entertainment in a move aimed at increasing the team’s brand presence, greater engagement with the pickleball community and giving the team a boost heading into the new season.

Joining the Hollywood multi-hyphenate and music superstar as co-owners are UnitedMasters and Translation founder and CEO Steve Stoute; CityPickle co-founders Mary Cannon and Erica Desai; LionTree President and CEO Aryeh Bourkoff and Managing Director Alex Michael; Baby2Baby Co-CEO Kelly Sawyer Patricof; producer and Hunting Lane founder Jamie Patricof; Status Labs CEO Darius Fisher and Chief Marketing Officer Jesse Boskoff; Winible.com CEO Noah Traisman; and Dynamic DNA Labs Founder and CEO Austin O’Reilly. The terms of their investments were not disclosed.

“We are thrilled to have this incredible group of investors join the Brooklyn Aces as we continue to grow the team and raise the profile of Major League Pickleball as a whole,” said Rich Kleiman, who serves as CEO of Boardroom and, with partner Kevin Durant, is a majority owner of the Aces. “In addition to the creative and marketing acumen that Michael B. Jordan, Drake and Steve Stoute bring to the table, our group of investors includes some of the smartest entrepreneurs in the business. We look forward to what our second season brings.”

Speaking of which, the Aces will hit the court for their next MLP tournament in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, from September 21-24. The team will feature Catherine Parenteau (world number 2 ranked woman) and Andrea Koop, along with Hayden Patriquin and Tyler Loong (two-time MLP champion). Samin Odhwani has been selected to serve as the general manager for this season.

The news for investors comes ahead of the Brooklyn Aces hosting its first youth-focused community event, Aces Day of Play, on August 3. The event, organized in association with PowerPlay NYC, will take place at the CityPickle courts in Union Square.

As for Jordan, after the success of his directorial debut, creed IIIHis sporting interests also include a co-investor in the Alpine F1 team and AFC Bournemouth football club. Drake serves as the owner of OVO Sound. Major League Pickleball, rebranded as MLP from Margaritaville following an investment by Jimmy Buffett’s lifestyle brand, is the team-based professional pickleball league founded by Steve Kuhn in 2021 and comprised of 24 teams.

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