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Pickleball Has Seniors Coming Out For The Fun (Oct 18, 2013 Stafford, VA, www.freelancestar.com) It’s a gloomy October morning in Stafford County and, while most people are stuck behind desks at school or work, four senior citizens are engaged in a rousing game of pickleball. Although they take each game very seriously, the players also encourage one another and share laughs.
Pickleball Takes Center Court – Sportsmanship Overcomes Competition (Oct 18, 2013 St George, UT, www.thespectrum.com) The pickleball athletic community is a unique one to say the least. For starters, participants are more than supportive to one another while their supporting friends and family members mingle with the other spectators during competitive matches. Now make no mistake, each competitor wants to win in the end, but they will show others gratitude and respect along the way. A great example of this was demonstrated in the men’s singles (50-54) championship at the Huntsman World Senior Games.
Pickleball Netting A Growing Number Of Fans Across North America (Oct 15, 2013 Toronto, ON, www.thestar.com) James Alberga has a warning for newcomers to the sport of pickleball. “Pickleball is very addictive,” he says, taking a break between games at Milliken Park Community Recreation Centre in Scarborough to chat. “Once you start playing it, you’re going to want to play every day.”
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: Adventures In Pickleball (Oct 13, 2013 Eureka, CA, www.times-standard.com) A fumbled catch during a junior high game of flag football sent me sprinting away from athletic competition forever. Since that painful moment, I’ve put a lot of effort into dodging any and all opportunities to embarrass myself. Curiosity, however, got the best of me when it came to pickleball. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into my first pickleball experience, but I found a unique game that was fun, got my heart pumping and made a lifetime non-athlete feel like a champion. I just may be in love with pickleball. [USAPA file photo]
‘Everyone Has A Blast’ Playing Pickleball (Oct 11, 2013 Danville, IL, www.news-gazette.com) Late this spring, Denton Hird was cleaning out the gym of the Boys & Girls Club of Danville when he came upon some composite paddles, perforated plastic balls and a net. Now he and his friend, Blake Wasson, are planning to host a pickleball clinic in Danville to introduce the sport to a wider audience.
Excited About Pickleball: QC Organizers Host Packed Event As Courts Get Closer To Completion (Oct 11, 2013 Green Valley, AZ, www.gvnews.com) As the courts get ever closer to being ready for play, excitement is growing for the new Pickleball club at Quail Creek. That was evident Wednesday night, when close to 100 people showed up at the Quail Creek tennis courts for the second “Getting to know Pickleball” event. “The response has been overwhelming,” David Kikel, a member of the board and court management supervisor said. “It’s been far bigger than we thought.”
Asheville Area Pickleball Enthusiasts Include Champion (Oct 11, 2013 Asheville, NC, www.citizen-times.com) Paul Coletta, 62, of Hendersonville, came away from the National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio, this year with gold, silver and bronze medals in different categories, but his chosen sport is one most people may never have heard of: pickleball. Pickleball champ Coletta says there’s some keen competition locally. “I find in this region players as skilled as any with whom I competed in both national pickleball tournaments as well as the recent National Senior Games,” he said. “Younger players of 25-35 years are also now entering the game in large numbers.”
Calling All Pickleballers (Oct 10, 2013 Neptune Beach, FL, Atlantic Beach Life Magazine) The fun sport—a combination of badminton, ping pong, and tennis—is growing in popularity locally. Maybe you should get pickled, too?
Adding Pickleball To Parks And Recreation Programming (Oct 4, 2013 Madison, WI, www.athleticbusiness.com) Pickleball is one of — if not the — fastest growing sports in the country. Originally popularized by a Boomer population looking for something a little more exciting than bingo but less time-consuming than a round of golf, the sport has made a generational jump and is catching fire among people of all ages. So what’s standing in the way of parks and recreation programs looking to capitalize on this craze?
St. George Enthusiasts Find A Sweet Spot For Pickleball (Oct 2, 2013 St George, UT, www.sltrib.com) Pickleball is seeing serious growth, especially in retirement havens such as St. George. The city recently opened a dozen courts at Little Valley, and the Huntsman World Senior Games, scheduled to kick off Oct. 7, has filled its 525 player slots, making pickleball the largest single-person sport at the two-week event.
Forest City Tennis Court Gets In A Pickle (Oct 2, 2013 Forest City, IA, globegazette.com) Thanks to a grant from the Hanson Foundation, a Forest City tennis court has been converted into two Pickleball courts. The idea was brought to Forest City after vacationers experienced the game during winters in Arizona. “Pickleball is a big deal down there,” said Linda Kay, who helped apply for the grant. “It is going like gang busters.”
SCW Pickleball Complex To Nearly Double In Size (Oct 2, 2013 Sun City West, AZ, arizona.newszap.com) Pickleball is considered one of the nation’s fastest-growing sports and the populace of Sun City West is no exception, according to leaders of the community’s local pickleball club. Soon, the organization will have the facilities to match its growing membership.
Want To Play Pickleball? (Oct 1, 2013 Ogden, UT, www.standard.net) Entrepreneur and philanthropist John Gullo had a heart attack in December of 2008. Following that experience, he discovered pickleball in St. George when he went there to recuperate. Gullo was so excited about the fun and simple health benefits, he wanted to bring that sport home to Ogden. “This is the best thing I’ve done to reach the most people,” Gullo said of pickleball and his many efforts to improve the area.
Refusing To Quit: Physical Activity Doesn’t Have To Slow Down As Age Goes Up (Sep 27, 2013 Chattanooga, TN, www.timesfreepress.com) “It’s exciting to note that research studies repeatedly highlight the increase in mental well-being and memory in seniors who adopt a routine for weekly exercise.” Tommy Gates has no plans to slow down when it comes to sports. The 55-year-old retired tailor, who uses a wheelchair for mobility as a result of post-polio syndrome, is a competitive pickleball and table tennis player. He also plays against able-bodied opponents.
Local Competitors Put Opponents In A Pickle At Senior Games (Sep 25, 2013 Concord, PA, www.delcotimes.com) Whether competing as individuals or partners, members of the Garnet Valley Gherkins pickleball team were a force to be reckoned with at the National Senior Games. Betty Allcorn, Young Kun, Rich Bernhard and Dave Hirst earned medals, ribbons and experience this summer during the weeklong event in Cleveland. The four locals were among the more than 10,000 athletes who participated.
Pickleball Picks Up Players, Pace In Pierre (Sep 25, 2013 Pierre, SD, www.capjournal.com) Tom Farnsworth, director of the Pierre Parks and Recreation Department, said pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the community. “In Pierre, S.D., it has arrived and it’s popular,” Farnsworth said.
Paso Robles Man Earns Pickleball Medals (Sep 25, 2013 Paso Robles, CA, pasoroblesdailynews.com) Paso Robles resident Jack Hodges returned earlier this week from the California State Senior Games with two medals in hand, a bronze and silver, after competing in singles and doubles pickleball matches.
More Sweet Than Sour (Sep 22, 2013 Westerville, OH, www.cityscenecolumbus.com) Most sport name origins are simple to deduce: Baseball utilizes bases and a ball, basketball uses a basket and a ball. The origin of Pickleball’s name is decidedly more obscure, but fortunately, that hasn’t hampered its popularity in Westerville.
Anyone For Pickleball? (Sep 20, 2013 Brecksville, OH, www.scriptype.com) On a misty summer Friday morning, five men enter the courts behind the playground outside of the Brecksville Community Center and begin setting up a net, getting out rackets and unfolding chairs along the sidelines. These men are getting ready to play pickleball, a nationally known sport that has found increasing prominence in recent years….
Area Seniors Enjoy The Finer Points Of Pickleball (Sep 19, 2013 Farmington, MN, sunthisweek.com) Dakota County seniors are in a pickle … and loving it. Pickleball courts and leagues have been sprouting out throughout the area and made its debut in Farmington last winter.
Pickleball: Funny Name, Oversized Paddles And Anybody Can Play (Sep 19, 2013 Chambersburg, PA, www.heraldmailmedia.com) Pickleball has arrived in Franklin County. The game with the funny name played with oversized pingpong paddles has staked its claim on local courts formerly reserved for tennis. The Chambersburg Country Club officially will open the first outdoor pickleball courts in Franklin County Friday.
Pickleball Is Pickin’ Up Players (Sep 16, 2013 Denver, CO, www.deltacountyindependent.com) Playing with mixed doubles partner Judy Livingston, Rick Marion of Delta serves during mixed doubles league pickleball. Marion is possibly the only wheelchair pickleball player on the Western Slope, but he hopes that changes as the sport grows in popularity.
Stoneham Resident Earns Title Of Pickleball Ambassador (Sep 13, 2013 Stoneham, MA, homenewshere.com) “Currently, there are over 100,000 players in the US and growing,” said Peter Sullivan of Stoneham, local ambassador for the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). Sullivan is the local volunteer ambassador of pickleball who promotes the game in the Boston North area.
Pickleball Provides Exercise And Camaraderie (Sep 13, 2013 Chesterfield, MI, www.voicenews.com) Pickleball: it’s a hybrid between tennis and ping pong and it’s a game local seniors cannot get enough of. Many of the players didn’t even know each other before they joined this New Baltimore Recreation Department league and now they all claim they are much more than teammates or competitors.
East Providence Resident Maynard Preaches The Virtues Of ‘Pickle Ball’ (Sep 13, 2013 East Providence, RI, www.eastbayri.com) Repatriating himself to East Providence after several years in Florida, city native Jim Maynard is hoping he can instill the fervent passion he picked up for a game quirkily named “Pickle Ball” to some folks in his hometown. “It’s a great way to stay in shape. It keeps you healthy,” Mr. Maynard said. “It’s not expensive. It’s not that difficult to learn, to pick up. It’s for all ages, really. It’s just a great sport.”
Let The Games Begin (Sep 12, 2013 Piqua, OH, dailycall.com) …the game of Pickleball – a variation of table tennis, tennis, and badminton played with a perforated plastic ball, composite paddles, and a net lowered to 34 inches at the center, on a court about a third of the size of a tennis court – has landed in the city via a series of new courts at Mote Park.
Popularity Of Pickleball Is Picking Up (Sep 10, 2013 Omaha, NE, www.omaha.com) Bill Holt is on the case. The sport’s most committed cheerleader in Omaha and an ambassador to the USA Pickleball Association, the 73-year-old Holt is one of a couple of snowbirds who fell for the sport in Arizona and decided to raise its profile in Omaha.
A Game For The Masses (Sep 10, 2013 Albert Lea, MN, www.albertleatribune.com) The sport of pickleball is gaining steam in Albert Lea. Terry Adams and fellow organizer John Bauernfeind began playing pickleball in Albert Lea last year with about five people. Participation blossomed to about 40 people this year, Adams estimated. “It crosses all age groups with men and women. We have people from 22 to 73 years-old playing,” Adams said.
Pickleball Players Hope Sport Can Expand In Peoria (Sep 5, 2013 Peoria, IL, www.pjstar.com) As the sport’s local following has grown, the park district has included pickleball in 50 Rock programming, provides equipment for checkout, and indoor courts at Franciscan Recreation Complex. “I think it’s already successful,” said tennis convert Jim Stuckey, who now plays pickleball six days a week. “What we’re lacking is really the improved (outdoor) facilities.”
Pickleball Tournament Is This Weekend At Monument Valley Park (Sep 3, 2013 Colorado Springs, CO, www.koaa.com) According to Steve and Ramona Boone, Great Plains District Directors for the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), more than 150 players are registered for the tournament and players will be coming into the region from more than twelve different states and Mexico.
Pickleball Barrels Into Games (Aug 29, 2013 Sherwood Park, AB, www.sherwoodparknews.com) The inaugural Alberta 55+ Provincial Pickleball Playoffs took place in Sherwood Park last week, attracting 84 participants and 58 teams from six of the provincial zones.
In A Pickle These Seniors Love The Sport That’s Taken Area By Storm (Aug 28, 2013 South Fayette, PA, www.thealmanac.net) South Fayette Township is the latest area in the South Hills to jump aboard the pickleball bandwagon. Tom Byrd, or “T-Byrd” of South Fayette first learned of and played the sport while in Florida. “We’re hoping we can create enough interest in pickleball to gain even more places to play,” Byrd said. “We really need a place to play in the winter.”
Pickleball Proves To Be A Hit (Aug 27, 2013 Huntington Beach, CA, www.hbindependent.com) The game has drawn so much recent attention from the public that Huntington Beach Community Services commissioners voted Aug. 14 to add two pickleball courts to the master plan for Worthy Park, located at Main and 17th streets.
Royal Oak Pickleball Tournament Is Smashing Success (Aug 25, 2013 Royal Oaks, MI, royaloak.patch.com) There are plenty of power shots and smashes going around on the eight pickleball courts at Whittier Park this weekend. The Royal Oak Summer 2013 Skill Level Pickleball Tournament, which continues through Sunday, has attracted players from as far away as California and Florida to compete in women’s, men’s and mixed doubles fields.
Highland Lakes Woman Brings Pickleball To NJ (Aug 23, 2013 Highland Lakes, NJ, www.northjersey.com) Dori Zarr and pickleball partners husband Tom Burke and fellow Highland Laker Bill Beardsley are adamant in making the sport the next American pastime. Providing demonstrations at local schools, camps and other factions, the trio is excited to draw one new player per every demo.
Pickleball Grows From Humble Origins (Aug 22, 2013 Kamloops, BC, www.kamloopsnews.ca) The name might make you laugh but watching them play will make your jaw drop. The game is called pickleball, which might not bring to mind images of athleticism and incredible pace, but watching a match at the B.C. Senior Games this week will quickly change that – the action is fast and the players are skilled.
Topekans Celebrate New Pickleball Courts (Aug 21, 2013 Topeka, KS, cjonline.com) Wednesday at Hughes Park, four Topekans — Shawnee County Commissioner Bob Archer and longtime Topeka pickleball enthusiasts Dick Walker, Dean Winenger and Nancy Dutton — were recognized for helping bring pickleball and the courts to the city.
Aiken A Hit As Host Of Pickleball Tournament (Aug 18, 2013 Aiken, SC, www.aikenstandard.com) “I think it’s going great,” Beckner said. “Best tournament Aiken’s ever had.” The punchline was that this was the first pickleball tournament Aiken’s hosted, with Beckner and his wife, Loretta, having brought the sport with them several years ago. Still, the reaction to Aiken as a host city was a positive one with play set to continue today.
In A Pickle: A Growing Number Of Locals Are Picking Up Pickleball (Aug 16, 2013 Logan, UT, news.hjnews.com) It hasn’t exactly exploded on the local scene, but a relatively unknown sport has nonetheless started to establish a foothold in Cache Valley.
Locals Earn Pickleball Medals In Ohio (Aug 15, 2013 Middletown, OH, www.newsexaminer.com) …four locals took their skills over the Ohio border and took part in the 6th Annual Middletown Ohio Seniors Pickleball tournament, played in Lefferson Park in Middletown on Aug. 2-3, and returned with medals from their division.
Pickleball Benefits Players In City Kids Junior Tennis (Aug 14, 2013 Marco Island, FL, www.marconews.com) Another successful Marco Island Racquet Center City Kids Summer Camp came to an end last week. Many campers return year after year and have been pleasantly surprised with the permanent addition of pickleball.
Pickleball Keeps Seniors In Shape (Aug 13, 2013 San Antonio, TX, www.news4sanantonio.com) Are you ready for some pickleball? It’s a sport that’s found a following in San Antonio as baby boomers work to stay active as they age.
Pickleball Climbs The Rochester Sport Ranks (Aug 11, 2013 Rochester, NY, rochester.ynn.com) It is becoming the fastest growing sport in America. Just to give you an idea of how popular the sport is becoming, four years ago, there were 40 players in the Rochester area. Today, there are more than 600 people playing pickleball.
Geda, Sabino Team Up To Win Senior Olympic Pickleball Title (Aug 10, 2013 Rochester Hills, MI, www.theoaklandpress.com) When Glenn Geda of Rochester Hills brought home his gold medal in the 2013 Michigan Senior Olympics, his granddaughter was a tad disappointed. But last week, however, everyone around the country and the game of pickleball was impressed with Geda and his playing partner, David Sabino of Rochester.
Players In A Pickle Over Ball Game (Aug 7, 2013 Newcastle, PA, www.ncnewsonline.com) Pickleball is coming to Lawrence County — providing its advocates can find a place to play.
Tiratto Gets The Gold In His Golden Years (Aug 6, 2013 Youngstown, OH, www.vindy.com) Bessemer, Pa., native Joe Tiratto, says the sport is the fastest-growing in the United States. He had been involved in the Tennessee Senior Olympics for the past five years. He added pickleball to his long list of events and, in June, participated in 11 sports. The Senior Games, however, were another chance to prove himself against others. With his niece, Columbiana resident Rosemary Eckman, looking on, he won his age group in the 85-89 year-old division in the pickleball competition.
Pickleball?!?! Yup! Right Here In Guilford. (Aug 6, 2013 Guilford, CT, guilford.patch.com) Ten pounds and 20 points off his blood pressure. That’s how much Joe Dagrosa has dropped since he began playing pickleball two years ago. Dagrosa, 67, is among a growing group of die hard players who meet nearly every day at the Guilford Racquet & Swim Club to play pickleball…
Pickleball Growing In Popularity, Newest Sensation For Adults In Monroe (Aug 6, 2013 Monroe, MI, www.monroenews.com) The American-born sport is wildly popular in Florida, and a group of Monroe fans have brought the activity to this area.
Liberty Buick Teams Up With Sun City West (Aug 5, 2013 Sun City West, AZ, www.yourwestvalley.com) A new pickleball facility in Sun City West will be named Liberty Courts — Pickleball Center. Liberty Buick, which is located in Peoria, has reached a 25-year agreement to become a long-term partner with the Recreation Centers of Sun City West and the Sun City West Pickleball Club for naming the facility.