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Letter: Pickleball is a great game

Posted: December 11, 2017 2:18 p.m.
Updated: December 12, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Pickleball, if you haven’t heard of it, you most likely will. It’s the up and coming racket ball game for all ages and abilities. I’ve heard many different stories as to how the game began; so, I won’t go there. What I do know is that pickleball is a racket ball game that may be less demanding to participate in as the body gets older. The aging process often brings on shoulder, elbow, knee and other physical conditions that preclude continuing the wonderful game of tennis. Many who play pickleball once played or still play tennis. I don’t view pickleball as infringing on tennis. In the USA with a third of adults considered obese, we need more, not fewer, fun ways to exercise. Some are fortunate enough to continue their tennis and add pickleball as complimentary fun game. Instead of thinking of pickleball competing with tennis, I embrace it as an additional avenue for getting and keeping the body moving!

I learned last March that pickleball was available in Camden. I showed up as a new comer. The players were very welcoming and friendly. Kershaw County Parks and Recreation provided a loaner racket and balls. Players gave me the basic rules and I was on a court playing what’s become my most fun game ever! I played sports all my life and I find pickleball to be the most enjoyable. It’s competitive. Everybody wants to win. And there’s far more than winning. It’s the comradery, the team-play, the meeting new players, the continuous learning, and the laughter! Win or lose, there’s the laughter! 

As we all know, nothing happens without individuals’ efforts. I want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank two people who played a huge part in getting the game started here in Camden and keep it going week to week. Pat Truesdale in the pickleball world is Camden’s Ambassador. She coordinates with Amy Peeples, program director with Kershaw County Parks & Recreation, for available court space, etc. Pat spends countless hours promoting the game in many ways such keeping players aware of court availability, the latest equipment, organizing clinics, tournaments and on and on she goes. And along with Pat and Amy, the players are there to put up and take down the nets; chalk the outdoor courts when needed; and, to welcome and encourage any and all who wish to experience the joys of pickleball! Oh, one note, be aware, pickleball can be addictive, in a good way. So, lace up your sneakers; grab a racket; and, Game On!

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