Thursday, December 28, 2017

Cape Coral elite pickleball player keeps winning, promotes sport

Published December 28, 2017 -

Mike Welter would be well qualified to give an annual report on the state of pickleball in Lee County and even expand on his personal accomplishments in 2017.

The 65-year-old Cape Coral elite pickleball tournament player is relentless in promoting the popular sport while collecting his own championship trophies.

It was a good year for me, maybe my best ever, and I hate to see it end, Welter said. I like to play so I keep busy.

As long as my body holds up, I'll be fine. I retired from the Marines 17 years ago and I still feel the same today physically. My uniform still fits.

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Pickleball Is On The RISE!

Published December 27, 2017 -

During the first week of November, the Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Center hosted the only pickleball program offered by the Road Scholar program. The Road Scholar program is an internationally recognized and acclaimed not-for-profit organization (formerly known as Elderhostel) whose mission is to open minds to new ideas, people and cultures and to engage people for whom learning is a journey of a lifetime.

The Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Center provided more than 18 hours of on-court instruction and playtime to 21 participants, most of whom were newcomers to the game of pickleball. A team of four instructors broke down the game to explain the goals and objectives of each shot and how to structure points to put you and your team in the best competitive position. The primary goal was to engage people at their level and to inspire them to become better pickleball players.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Coweta County Pickleball players gather for first Jingle Tournament

Published December 27, 2017 -

The Coweta Pickleball Club held its first “tournament” on Sunday Dec. 17. However it wasn’t actually a tournament.

It was a “Jingle.”    

You may be asking, “What is a Jingle?”

It was the idea of Billy Perkins, newly appointed United States Pickleball Association (USAPA) ambassador for Coweta County and Jill McKnight, president of the Coweta County Pickleball Club.

They wanted to get all the players from the different parts of the county who play at various venues together for organized play and a social.

Perkins explained that, unlike a tournament, there would be no losers and, unlike a social, there would be exercise and perspiration.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Pickleball tournament benefits people who suffer from Parkinson's Disease

Published December 18, 2017 -

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - There was a lot of fun and excitement happening Monday in the Rocket City.

The annual Pickleball Tournament took place at Fern Ball Rec Center in South Huntsville.

The event is in its second year and gives people, who love the sport, a chance to help raise money for people suffering from Parkinson's Disease.

"It just amazes that people are willing to do this and not only enjoy their sport which is Pickleball, but to benefit those of us with Parkinson's in the community," said Jim Rhodes, co-founder of Rock Steady Boxing.

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