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PaddleSmash Now Available in Scheels and Dick’s Sporting Goods, Following Record Holiday Online Sales

PaddleSmash Now Available in Scheels and Dick’s Sporting Goods, Following Record Holiday Online Sales

PaddleSmash fans can now get the popular game at two popular retail sporting goods stores, Scheels and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The recently launched game that combines elements of the popular Pickleball and Spikeball experienced such a spike in holiday demand that co-founders Tim Swindle and Scott Brown had to quadruple inventory, resulting in record holiday sales for the young company. 

  • PaddleSmash is a combination of the popular Pickleball and Spikeball.
  • Company co-founders had to quadruple inventory of recently launched game to meet holiday demand.
  • Portability and ease of use has made the family-friendly PaddleSmash a new backyard game sensation.

“We are thrilled to see the success and popularity of PaddleSmash,” said Swindle. “It’s amazing to see how many people are enjoying the game, and we look forward to introducing it to even more people this year.” 

Both Scott and Brown are veteran entrepreneurs in the toy and game space. Co-founder Scott Brown said that the company experienced 500 percent growth month-over-month, and they are on track to quadruple their revenue in 2023. The game is now selling in 47 states.

“We tested the game over several years before our launch, and while we instinctively believed in its appeal, the rapid success has exceeded our high expectations,” said Brown. “I believe the game is seeing such success because in addition to combining the fun and competitive elements of Pickleball and Spikeball, it brings people together in a fun and safe atmosphere. In a world where distance is easy to accomplish, and not that long ago was necessary, it has become far too easy to maintain that distance. But what society and families really need is personal interaction.”

In addition to the game now being available at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Scheels, PaddleSmash is still available for online purchase at 

About PaddleSmash 

Launched in 2021, PaddleSmash combines the elements of Pickleball and Spikeball. The portable game is played in teams of two who play opposite one another across a central hexagonal court with a net. The brainchild of structural engineer Joe Bingham, veteran game and toy entrepreneurs licensed the game and re-engineered it for mass production, structural soundness, and portability. The game is currently patent pending. For more information, go to

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Jim Ellis Automotive Donates $65,000 to Help Fight Pediatric Cancer

Jim Ellis Automotive Donates ,000 to Help Fight Pediatric CancerJim Ellis Automotive Group’s annual holiday giving campaign raised $65,000 to assist the Family Support Team at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Jim Ellis Automotive Donates ,000 to Help Fight Pediatric Cancer
Jim Ellis Check Presentation to CHOA

Jim Ellis Automotive presents check to CHOA.

 With the support of customers, Jim Ellis Automotive Group closed out the sixth annual Holiday Giving Campaign with a $65,000 donation to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. A portion of the profit for each new or used vehicle sold at all of the 20 Jim Ellis Automotive dealerships between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022, contributed to the donation.

Jim Ellis Automotive Group selects a different Atlanta-area charity to support through their annual holiday giving campaign. Over the last five years, Jim Ellis Automotive has donated over $250,000 to groups serving women and children in need across the Atlanta area from the holiday giving campaigns alone. 

Established in 1995, the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta cares for more than 2,400 children with cancer and more than 5,800 children with blood disorders annually. The Holiday Giving Campaign donation will be directed to the Family Support Team, a team of 35 individuals who help provide for the emotional and spiritual needs of the patients in the form of child life, psychology, chaplaincy and social work positions.

“We are proud to partner with the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” said Jim Ellis Automotive Group Vice President Stacey Ellis Hodges. “We hope our donation can give a child the gift of growing up.”

“We are incredibly grateful to the Jim Ellis family for their long-standing commitment to the thousands of children cared for at Children’s and the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center,” said Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Development Director Sara Orton. “Their support is invaluable as we continue to provide the best care for the kids of Georgia and beyond.”

About Jim Ellis Automotive Group

Jim Ellis Automotive Group has been serving the Atlanta area since 1971, starting with Volkswagen as the flagship brand. The group has expanded to 17 brands and 20 dealerships, covering Atlanta, Buford, Kennesaw, McDonough, Marietta, Sandy Springs and South Fulton. Brands include Alfa Romeo, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. Visit in stores or shop from the comfort of your home at

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Instagram: @jimellisauto 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Your FICO Score

A Beginner’s Guide to Your FICO Score

iQuanti: Like it or not, the financial world judges you based on your credit score. Your FICO credit score is a number (ranging between 300 and 850) that represents your creditworthiness, or how likely you’ll be able to repay the lender. Read on to learn what a FICO score is, what factors can influence it, and how you can improve yours.

How your FICO score works

A FICO score is the credit rating determined by the Fair Isaac Corporation, a data analytics company that originally developed credit scores. FICO uses credit history reported to the major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) to determine how reliable of a borrower you’ll be. 

You may be wondering if there’s a difference between a FICO score vs. credit score. Your FICO score is a specific type of credit score. It’s the most widely recognized and used by many lenders in their application decisions.

However, FICO is not the only type of credit score. Competitors such as VantageScore can also be used to determine your creditworthiness. When checking your credit score, it’s important to know whether the number being reported is your FICO score, VantageScore, or some other variation.

What factors affect my FICO score?

FICO’s website makes it clear what data from your credit history is used when calculating your credit rating. This can be summarized into five major categories:

  • Payment history (35%) – Were your payments on time and meeting the minimum requirements?
  • Amounts owed (30%) – How much of your total available credit are you using?
  • Length of credit history (15%) – How old is your oldest active credit line?
  • New credit (10%) – How often have you applied for new lines of credit?
  • Credit mix (10%) – How many different types of credit do you have (credit cards, retail cards, a mortgage, other installment loans)?

How to improve your FICO score

Raising your credit score is rooted in practicing good, responsible financial habits. Here are a few tips you could use to increase yours.

  • Set your payments up for autopay. That way they’ll always be paid on time and in full.
  • Use your credit modestly. Many experts recommend keeping your credit utilization ratio, the amount of credit that you’ve used divided by your credit limit, to 30 percent or less.
  • Don’t cancel old credit cards. Though it can seem counterintuitive, leaving old credit cards open that don’t have an annual fee will actually add to your length of credit history and positively impact your credit score.
  • Apply for new credit sparingly. Each new credit inquiry will count against your credit score. Only apply when it’s necessary.
  • Maintain a mixture of credit lines. It’s okay to have multiple loans and credit cards. Lenders like to see that you can manage multiple lines of credit.

The bottom line

FICO scores are the most recognized and widely used type of credit score. They’re calculated by taking input from your credit history and using it to determine your creditworthiness. You can improve your credit score by practicing good financial habits, such as paying your bills on time and using your credit lines moderately.

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