Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Greensboro Summer Pickleball Classic

The Greensboro, NC Parks and Recreation Department will host a doubles and mixed doubles pickleball tournament at the Greensboro Sportsplex on August 29-30, 2014.  August 28 is set up for practice from noon to 6 p.m.  Participants are invited to get together for dinner at Mimi’s Cafe after the practice session.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

100-year-old man a star on the Pickleball court


ATLANTA -- Most centenarians would be on the sidelines. Not Sid Cojac. The 100-year-old man is on the pickleball court twice a week.

In fact, Sid brought his favorite sport to the Marcus Jewish Community Center a few years ago.

"I had a devil of a time getting it started," he said.

No one had heard of it. Now 100 members have the same enthusiasm for a sport that's a bit tennis, table tennis and badminton all in one. And no, there is no pickle.

While the game is popular with seniors, interest crosses generations.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pickleball, shuffleboard bring out competitive streak in senior citizen community during Masters Games of Alabama

Published June 12, 2014 - www.al.com

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The 2014 Masters Games of Alabama takes place this week at the Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center. Today's hot sport? Pickleball.

Masters Games of Alabama, Huntsville
More than 170 senior citizens are competing in this year's Masters Games of Alabama. (Sarah Cole/scole@al.com)

The name may sound a little strange to those unfamiliar with the sport, offering up some interesting images of what actually takes place during a game, but it's surprisingly "normal" and extremely competitive.

The sport is internationally known and extremely popular in the retirement community. Rumor has it that Tony Horn, a somewhat local who brought the game to Huntsville, named it after his dog, Pickle.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The sport called pickleball

Published June 10, 2014 - www.cnn.com

CNN's Holly Firfer introduces us to Pickleball - a sport that combines tennis, badminton and ping pong.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Pickleball makes a racket locally at recreation level

June 5, 2014 - www.times-herald.com


When Fred Fahy introduced the racquet sport of pickleball to Coweta County just a little more than five months ago, he wasn’t really sure how it would go over.

After all, very few had ever heard of the sport that was first played in the 1960s, let alone tried it.

It didn’t take a very lengthy sales pitch, however, for Fahy, who first played the game in Florida, to win over a new collection of pickleball players.

Now, it has become a weekly obsession for some, with as many as 15 players of all ages and abilities gathering each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon to play on one of the two courts laid out inside the Coweta County Recreation Department Gym on Hospital Drive.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Pickleball a dilly of a rec sport

May 31, 2014 - www.floridatoday.com

Pickleball is a sport that's gaining in popularity in Brevard.

"Well, it's grown substantially," said Scott Nelson, United States Pickleball Association (USAPA) ambassador for the Space Coast. "It's probably equal on the Space Coast as it is throughout the country. ... It's the fastest-growing sport in the country for a lot of different reasons."

Although people of all ages have played the sport locally, those over 50 have particularly flocked to the sport, which involves a good deal of physical activity, but isn't as hard on the body as tennis and racquetball.

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