Sunday, August 20, 2017

Palmetto Indoor Pickleball Doubles International kicks off

Published August 19, 2017 - www.aikenstandard.com


The Palmetto Indoor Pickleball Doubles International is being held at the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center this weekend and has women's doubles, men's doubles, and mixed doubles.

Saturday's games were part of the mixed doubles tournament.

The sport of pickleball was started in 1965, and Keith Shaver, one of the tournament directors, said that while the game started with older people playing, younger demographics have picked it up and estimates are that about three to four million people are playing.

He said that pickleball is considered the fastest growing sport in the country.

There is an intramural program at USC Aiken and schools are introducing pickleball into their gym classes.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Pickleball gaining popularity with Coweta (GA) tennis players

Published August 18, 2017 - www.times-herald.com

Former tennis players in Coweta are starting to play another sport- Pickleball.
Pickleball is a sport that combines tennis, badminton and pingpong, and is played by two to four players using paddles and a plastic ball with holes, on either an indoor or outdoor court about one-third the size of a standard tennis court, according to www.extramile.thehartford.com, a website with information on topics of everyday life, like home improvement, health and wellness, new technologies, and car-related subjects.     Pickleball is appealing people in their 50s, 60s and 70s who used to play tennis or are looking for an activity that offers good aerobic exercise. It’s not as strenuous as traditional racket sports and gives players the chance to socialize during the game.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bonita Springs YMCA Spends $300,000 on Pickleball

Published August 16, 2017 - www.wgcu.org


A Southwest Florida YMCA recently spent more than a quarter of a million dollars to update its facilities for the nation’s fastest-growing sport many have never heard of.

The prominent popping sound pickleball makes can be heard at county recreation centers, public parks and, for many, in their own neighborhoods.

“If you look around, we don't have any near neighbors, and pickleball can tend to be a little bit noisy,” Mark Suwyn said. “And, so, you need to put it — the courts — where there’s nobody that you’re bothering when you’re actually playing.”
 
Suwyn heads the advisory board for the Bonita Springs YMCA. He says the community asked for more pickleball courts for quite some time. The Y simply listened.
 
It set aside three hundred thousand dollars to build eight outdoor courts — each about a third the size of a tennis court.
 
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Doug Lily Wins Double Gold in Augusta

Published July 17, 2017 - www.pickledillys.com
Newman Tennis Center in Augusta (GA) held its first Pickleball Slam on July 15 and 16.  The Aiken Pickledillys gave an outstanding performance.
We learned you can’t spell “Double Gold” without “Doug”.  Our very own Doug Lilly capped an impressive weekend by winning the Intermediate Mixed Doubles gold with partner Chris Powers in a thrilling three-game finals match with fellow Pickledillys Marian Garcia and Jim Kabel.  On Saturday, Doug shook off a sore neck, put his partner Jim Hughes on his back and carried the team to a gold medal in the Intermediate Men’s Doubles.  Let it never be said Doug can’t play with pain!
Marian and Chris already knew the way to the medals podium since they also won silver in the Women’s Doubles on Saturday.  They won three out of four matches in the round-robin format.  The Aiken contingent was also well represented by John Fuller, Jeff Beckner, Sue Talada and Russell Crews.
We also want to congratulate some Augusta players who often find their way to Odell Weeks.  Denisse Martinez won two golds (Women’s Doubles, Advanced Mixed Doubles), Anne Rheins won gold in Women’s Doubles and Daniel Davis won gold in Advanced Mixed Doubles.  Kim Sharpton fought his way through the consolation bracket twice, with his son Bilal in Intermediate Men’s Doubles and his wife QP in Intermediate Mixed Doubles.


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Friday, June 30, 2017

Pickleball, a racket sport for players of all ages, spreading across South Florida

Published June 29, 2017 - www.sun-sentinel.com

The highlight of Steve Kennedy’s professional tennis career had to be playing a first-round match in the 1987 U.S. Open, his lone Grand Slam appearance.

Thirty years later, Kennedy was once again competing in a U.S. Open. Only this time it was the second annual U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, and he was playing a fast-growing racket sport that’s sometimes referred to as table tennis on steroids.

Kennedy, 51, a Fort Lauderdale native who has taught tennis in the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center at Holiday Park for the past 27 years, reached the finals of the 50-and-over senior singles pro division.

Like thousands of tennis-playing baby boomers, Kennedy has fallen in love with pickleball, a combination of tennis, racquetball, table tennis and badminton that is spreading across America. It’s especially popular in South Florida, where courts are sprouting in city parks, gated communities, retirement villages, YMCAs and suburban neighborhoods.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Locals bring home pickleball medals at Georgia State Games

Published June 29, 2017 - www.times-herald.com

The game of pickleball has been around for more than 50 years and is a wooden racquet sport that is similar to tennis, badminton and table tennis.


It was started by accident when Washington State politician Joel Pritchard invented the game as a way to give his children something to do. He lowered a badminton net and, instead of using a shuttlecock to hit the ball, they used a whiffle ball.


What started out as a game for children has grown into a sport for adults.

It’s growing in popularity among some residents of Coweta County. Last weekend, several local players participated in the annual Georgia State Games at Tyrus Park in Griffin.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Grand opening June 27 for pickleball courts

Published June 21, 2017 - www.wakeforestgazette.com

Area residents are invited to the grand opening of Wake Forest’s (NC) new Flaherty Park pickleball courts at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 27. The four outdoor lighted courts are near the Flaherty Park tennis courts at 1226 North White Street.

Sponsored by Orthopedic Physical Therapy Associates, the grand opening celebration will include a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by drinks, light refreshments and demonstrations by local players.

A capital improvement project, the construction of the four dedicated pickleball courts was approved by the town board as part of the 2016-17 budget at a total cost of $122,000.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mayberry Pickleball Tournament Summary

Published June 20, 2017 - www.northcarolinapickleball.net


The 2nd Annual Mayberry Pickleball Tournament was held this past weekend in Mount Airy, NC. The tournament attracted 90+ players from across the state of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia & South Carolina. All proceeds from the tournament benefitted the Surry County Health Foundation which funds community-health related projects.

Tournament Co-Director, Jack Moore, stated “This was our second tournament and it was a huge success! We appreciate the support from the community and their sponsorship. The two “Meet & Greets” were a blast! It was fun hearing all the laughter, jokes and tall-tales!!”

“Feedback from our participants was positive and we are already planning how to make next year’s event even better. The quality of players was outstanding and we appreciate everyone’s enthusiastic support.” All First Place winners received a granite award. Moore further stated, “We wanted to provide them (the tournament winners) with a unique award to commemorate their stay in Mount Airy. Since our city is noted for having the world’s largest open-faced granite quarry and our nickname is “the Granite City”, so we thought a granite award was fitting.”

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