Published February 16, 2017 - www.wschronicle.com
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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