Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Green Cove Springs serves pickleball program to public

Published September 12, 2018 -

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. - Twice a week inside Thomas Hogans Memorial Gym laughter and cheering can be heard against the rhythmic pop of racquetball-style paddles lobbing what looks like large ping-pong balls over a tennis net.

It’s the sound of Green Cove Springs swinging into the growing sport of pickleball.

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It’s played on a tennis court with smaller boundaries, and players use a large paddle to hit a large, yellow plastic ball with holes over the tennis net to gain points.

The program is led by Green Cove Springs Parks and Recreation Program Director Glee Glisson, a competitive pickleball player. With Tim Murphy, music minister of First Baptist Church in Middleburg, Glisson has competed and won several pickleball tournaments in both age and skill level brackets.

“If you want to be competitive, you can do it at all levels,” said Glisson. “You can play this sport as easy as you want or as competitive as you want.”

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Pickleball Pride in Hiawassee, GA

The 68th year of the "Hiawassee Parade" kicked off on July 21, 2018 with the theme of "Hometown Pride."  Over 70 players from the Georgia Mountain Pickleball Club participated and the awesome float can be viewed on YouTube here.

On the float, you will see the "pickle" and "ball" characters waving at the crowd and promoting the sport as we move along the route towards the fairgrounds.We had many that volunteered for this float project and worked numerous hours to get it completed on time.

Beth McCoy had a vision and worked tirelessly on the entire project for weeks, including making her own "Ball" costume! She was the driving force behind the project.

Many others volunteered numerous hours----Dean McCoy, Blake Harper, Virginia Steiner (dance coordinator), Tammy Lentini, Mark Petty and Eddie Palmer as the "pickle." As always, our Ambassador, John Hall who devotes an enormous amount of time for all things pickleball in Towns County participated in every aspect, including walking the 2 miles with the float to the parade end.

The small demo net that was pulled behind the float for demonstrating the sport was a classic, thanks to Blake Harper.

We also had 70 players that donated their time to walk with the float and interact with the parade goers the entire 2 miles on a hot July day.

Unfortunately, we didn't place in the contest for best float, but no one had more energy or volunteers then the pickleball float!  

Since the parade, we have had new players flocking to the courts on Saturday mornings for the novice classes. That is what you call "pickleball success!"

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