Thursday, February 16, 2017

Coastal Alabama Pickleball Club supasses 600 member mark

Published February 15, 2017 -

The Coastal Alabama Pickleball Club, the 7th largest Club in the U.S. surpassed the 600 Member mark on February 13, 2017. The Club was founded on February 1, 2015 and has reached its current number of Members (604) in less than 25 months. Per a March 2014 NBC TV News Report by Brian Williams, there were 250,000 people playing Pickleball in the U.S. as that time. The U.S. Pickleball “population” is expected to exceed 8 million people by the end of 2017. Pickleball is far and away America’s fastest growing sport. 67% of the public tennis courts in the U.S. are being modified to accommodate both Tennis and Pickleball or being converted to dedicated Pickleball Courts.

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Tournament raises funds for mental health

Published February 16, 2017 -

Pickleball continues to grow in popularity throughout the state of North Carolina. The tournament at the Gateway YWCA, originally scheduled for Jan. 7 but was canceled due to snow, finally took place on Friday, Feb. 10.

Close to 80 individuals from all across North Carolina along with participants from as far away as South Carolina participated in the event. The round robin style tournament had people of all ages in a number of different ability levels.

The tournament was held to benefit the GreenTree Peer Center, 930 S. Broad St. GreenTree Peer Center is a gathering place for people who are seeking to improve themselves and their lives after they have been impacted by mental health or substance use challenges or other unique circumstances.

“You can sense when you are around everyone here that they have already become a community and that’s part of why they love to have these gatherings,” said Laurie Coker, director of GreenTree Peer Center. “We are doing something that is innovative and different that is also about community, so its cool having this kind of sport rallying around mental health recovery.”

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Want to win the Battle for the Brick? Pickeball tournament is on

Published February 10, 2017 -

Now that pickleball has really caught on, you might find the competition is fiercer than you thought.

Palm Beach Gardens (FL) will have its second annual Battle for the Brick Pickleball Championships March 3 and 4 at Lilac Park, 4175 Lilac St. The cost is $30 per player, and players should register by Feb. 22. Winning players will receive an engraved brick.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Pickled Peach Pickleball Tournament at Classic Center this weekend

Published February 8, 2017 -

The Athens Area Pickleball Association is hosting the 3rd Pickled Peach Valentine Classic Tournament at The Classic Center Friday through Sunday.

Pickleball is a combination sport of ping-pong, tennis and badminton played on a miniature tennis court with an oversized paddle and a ball that is similar to a whiffle ball.

“We are thrilled to have so much support from the community and all of our sponsors,” said co-chair Diane Carroll.

“Our main goal is to generate funds in hope of acquiring a dedicated pickleball venue and court in our community,” co-chair Iva King explains. “The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services has been very supportive of AAPA and the promotion of pickleball in the Athens area.”

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Annual pickleball tournament brings 120 players to Destin

Published February 4, 2017 -

DESTIN (FL) - Pickleball paddles were in full swing Saturday during the Emerald Coast Pickleball Classic in the Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church.

Players of all ages and skill levels were welcome to see what the sport is all about.

"This year we had 120 players come from 11 different states and Canada, "said Karen Parrish, the regional director for USA Pickleball Association. " It's starting to grow more each year."

Parrish said this year's event attracted players from their 20's up into their late 70's.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Inaugural Pickleball League Season in Aiken, SC

This past fall, Mo Garcia and Keith Shaver organized outdoor league play for three Aiken area pickleball programs from Woodside Country Club, The Reserve and Virginia Acres at Odell Weeks. The matches were played over six weeks with 102 participants on eight teams in MD and WD events. Play was competitive throughout and enjoyed by all the players. The season ended with a social at the Woodside Country Club on January 26 with 90 players/spouses in attendance.

Roaming trophies were presented to the 1st place teams in Women's Doubles ~ Pickled Pink, and in Men's Doubles ~ Woodside Picklers. MVP players honored for their "perfect record" season included Doug Lilly, Bev Edwards and Sandy Staiger.

The spring season is set to begin on March 1st and will run through May 31st.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pickleball is life for Roger Bunting

Published January 25, 2017 -

CLEARWATER – The phrase “such-and-such saved my life” is so overused to the point of being a cliché today that it’s hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to life-altering occurrences.

In the case of Clearwater resident Roger Bunting, there’s little doubt that while the sport of pickleball didn’t technically save his life, it helped him recover from a life-threatening illness and gave him a new sense of purpose.

Bunting, a 57-year-old New York native and lifelong tennis player, came down with a serious case of bacterial meningitis in April 2015, and the infection of the membrane surrounding his brain kept Bunting in the hospital for 25 days, many of them spent in the ICU.

After he was finally released from the hospital and beginning his road to recovery, Bunting found he didn’t have the strength or stamina to play tennis, a sport for which he received a scholarship to attend Florida Southern University and one he had been playing competitively on and off for much of his adult life. So he turned to a sport he had previously written off.

“When I got out of the hospital, I was still a tennis player. I wasn’t sold on pickleball,” Bunting said. “I had tried it with a friend of mine in 2013, and I wasn’t a believer.”

Bunting didn’t think about pickleball, which is played by people of all ages using balls and a paddle on a half-tennis court, for more than a year. But when he needed an outlet for regaining his strength, that’s when he decided to give the (1) fast-growing sport a second chance.

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Man who lost foot one of many catching pickleball fever in Hillsborough

Published January 25, 2017 -

TAMPA — Buddy Hall has had to replace his right foot three times in about three months, all because of his passion for pickleball. 

Fortunately, Hall doesn't have to shell out cash every time. The $3,500 foot attachment for his prosthetic right leg comes with a three-year warranty.

A toned man of 58, Hall spends four to five mornings each week dashing about a pickleball court, where the stop-and-start action of the game puts a lot of stress on the carbon fiber foot. He thought pickleball — a combination of tennis, ping-pong and badminton — sounded kind of silly when friends first suggested he play.

"I did it one day, and I got hooked,'' he said.

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