Monday, May 15, 2017

Ambassador encourages all to experience pickleball

Published May 15, 2017 -

In a neighborhood east of Tallahassee, halfway between Florida’s Capital City and Monticello, Rubia Byrd has built her field of dreams. Or rather, her Pickleball “court of dreams.” It’s located in the driveway of her home.

The 75-year old Byrd, who spent 34 years in the hustle and bustle of Southern California as a librarian at Van Nuys High School, has returned to the slower and quieter life of her native North Florida. At least until she steps on the Pickleball court in her driveway or at Jack McLean Park, Premier Fitness Center or the Tallahassee Senior Center.

Then she quickens her pace and reaction time to keep up with the fast-paced game played on a 22’ by 44’ court and hears the constant, distinct sound of the Pickleball hitting her paddle. “Pickleball is my friend,” she said. “It’s now in my heart.”

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