Cobb PARKS is offering a new program called Pickleball and there will be an exhibition 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, in the gym at Fullers Recreation Center, 3499 Robinson Road, Marietta. Pickleball ambassadors will demonstrate the very basics of the game. Open Pickeball sessions will begin at Fullers on April 14 and run 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, through May 30.
Pickleball is a simple game designed for all ages and any athletic ability level. The game combines elements of badminton, tennis, racquet ball and ping-pong, and is played on a badminton-sized court. It is played as a singles game or doubles game.
America’s fastest growing sport is blazing the trails in Eastern Tennessee. Pickleball has been around since the mid 1960’s and is popular with today’s Baby Boomers because it’s physically easier than tennis and is more social. Players can easily talk with each other because of being closer to the net.
Keeping up with demands, eight lighted Pickleball courts are under construction at the Tellico Village Wellness Center. The Pickleball Club membership has grown quickly at Tellico Village, one of the best master-planned communities in Eastern Tennessee. In just five years, there are 350 Pickleball Club members with a waiting list to join the club. The Wellness Center land parcel is huge and has plenty of elbow room for new Tellico Village amenities. The proposed site plan includes 4 more Pickleball courts, 2 more tennis courts, an outdoor amphitheater, outdoor infinity edge pool, community gardens and Performing Arts Theater.
When Myrtle Beach resident Rena Grant moved from Tabor City, N.C., to central Pennsylvania, the U.S. was newly engaged in World War II. Shortly after her move, at just 19 years old, she found a job through a friend that almost tripled her weekly pay. She went from bookkeeping at $18 a week in Wilmington, N.C., to $50 a week working at an aeronautics company making airplane parts for the war effort. There she would eventually meet her husband, Richard Grant, have children, and return to her first loves, athletics and volunteering.
Rena Grant was recently chosen as the City of Myrtle Beach’s Volunteer of the Year from among 600 volunteers, an honor for which she received a $500 cash stipend. Grant volunteered some 788 hours in 2013, mostly on the pickle ball courts at the Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium. She celebrated her 90th birthday in November.
ADDRESS IS 4141 N. JOHN YOUNG PARKWAY, ORLANDO FORIDA
11 INDOOR COURTS
SATURDAY, MEN'S DOUBLES, WOMEN'S DOUBLES
SUNDAY, MIXED DOUBLES
Embassy Suites Hotel, Orlando North, located at 225 Shorecrest Dr. Altamonte Springs, FL, 32701 is offering Suites for $99 a night. This includes a King or Two Queens in a closed off bedroom, with separate living space, Wi-Fi, made to order hot breakfast , free parking, pool, exercise room and other hotel amenities. Please book as soon as possible, rooms are limited. Use CODE "PKL" and let them know you are with the "Pickleball Doubles Invitational Tournament." You may also call the hotel directly at 407-834-2400 or 1-800-362-2779 (24 hrs.) to make your reservations.