Friday, July 26, 2013

Pickleball in South Florida

Submitted by Josh Kalin, Ambassador, Delray Beach, FL

Pickleball in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Delray Beach, Florida, is growing, growing, growing! The summer has been successful with many new players being added to our ranks. Although the indoor facilities are used by the school children during the week in the summer, we are able to play Friday, Saturday and Sunday indoors. We are able to play outside at Boca Tierra Park on the basketball court and have three courts at Caloosa Park using portable nets. Sometimes the weather does not cooperate. Using a squeegee and broom helps to dry out the puddles. Our regulars have been helping to teach newbies. We have been able to combine all players together.

Thanks to Charlie Leone, Charlie Linkov, Dennis Morley, Diana Castelli and Steve Wolman for their help.

Ambassadors Bob Friedman, Dick Freshley and wife Verna, and Josh Kalin and wife Harriet, were helping at the Kids Fitness Festival at the Convention Center in Palm Beach County. Pickleball was there along with over 40 other activities all to encourage kids to be active and have fun. Over 5,000 children in two days experienced some of the many sports. We are trying to encourage Pickleball in school physical education programs and after school activities.


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