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Boomers grab your kids, grandkids and parents – and let’s play Pickleball!

The USAPA is a nonprofit organization that promotes the growth and development of pickleball on a national and international level. Pickleball, a mini-tennis game, created during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island by co-inventors U.S. Congressman Joel Pritchard, William Bell, and Barney McCallum, got its name from the family cocker spaniel that would chase after errant balls. Initially families played pickleball in their backyards, on hard surfaces, driveways, and residential dead-end streets, and it’s grown and expanded to a paddle court sport since the mid-1970s. Pickleball, played by 2 or 4 people using wood or composite paddle racquets and a plastic poly-baseball with holes, is a combination of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton. Currently played in school P-E programs, parks and recreation centers, camps, YMCAs and retirement communities, this sport is becoming equally popular among active senior adults.

Pickleball is North America’s fastest growing sport and seniors can participate in a multitude of tournaments at any skill level. They can be “Ambassadors” promoting the sport in their local areas. They may be individuals or couples working as a team. The main prerequisite is a love of the game and the desire to share it with other like-minded active seniors. Those who RV can become “Ambassadors At Large” who travel extensively and like Johnny Appleseed, plant seeds that grow into – not apples – but pickleball! Pickleball is a great way for seniors to enhance their healthy, active lifestyle.

We love the concept.  Go to the website to join in on the fun with the hottest new sport around. Unique, clever and creative – Pickleball, the game with the funny name is great for the body, mind, and spirit.

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