Sun City Grand residents introduce kids to pickleball

Starting in October, Sun City Grand residents will provide weekly pickleball lessons at Countryside, West Point and Kingswood elementary schools. Program volunteers, from left:  Lynn Renick, Suzie and Jerry Burns, Nancy Hebeda, Jeff Cretors, Sharon Navratil, Judith Sama, Mel Langer, Marlene Berwald and Linda Durkee. Not pictured is Bob Ellis.

Starting in October, Sun City Grand residents will provide weekly pickleball lessons at Countryside, West Point and Kingswood elementary schools. Program volunteers, from left: Lynn Renick, Suzie and Jerry Burns, Nancy Hebeda, Jeff Cretors, Sharon Navratil, Judith Sama, Mel Langer, Marlene Berwald and Linda Durkee. Not pictured is Bob Ellis.

Sun City Grand residents Linda Durkee (program director) and Nancy Hebeda (instructor coordinator), along with several other volunteers, were successful this summer in implementing and teaching pickleball at the Dysart’s Unified School District’s summer program.

The enthusiasm and enjoyment exhibited by all the students was apparent to everyone. Read more at yourwestvalley.com…

 

Nationals VI Brings the Nation’s Largest and Most Elite Pickleball Tournament to Buckeye, Arizona, November 2-9, 2014

Press Release
Men and women of all ages will converge at Sun City Festival in Buckeye, Arizona, November 2-9, 2014, for the largest pickleball tournament in the history of the sport. Top-ranked 4.5 and 5.0 players will compete for $14,000 in prize money on 28 courts during a week of fast-paced play in both open, senior open and age divisions. Read more at prweb.com…

Residents have questions about pickleball expansion

Some of the 100 attendees who packed a public forum Monday on a proposal to address rising demand for more pickleball courts served-up lots of questions about GVR’s proposed expansion in their neighborhood.

The forum was held to inform residents about plans to address “irrefutable” growth in the sport and to allow feedback, voice concerns and ask questions. Read more at http://www.sahuaritasun.com…

Pickleball Superstar Dorie Nagy

by Jennifer Lucore

Dorie Nagy

Dorie Nagy

Here is one of many stories of a passionate pickleball player with a big heart. My friends Cookie Drake and DeAnne (Dee) Davison shared stories of Dorie with me, and how Dorie was THE ONE that introduced them to pickleball – together they sent me the following heartwarming notes:

The growing sport Pickleball, invented in 1965, continues to impact many generations! Not until recently has the game experienced such an explosion of growth, and a great deal of credit can be given to the retired baby-boomers groups who have made Pickleball their new addiction. It has become a way to hang out with friends, get some exercise, gently banter with peers, laugh and enjoy a competitive (or not-so-competitive) game of Pickleball. Read more on Jennifer’s blog…

Youngsters introduced to pickleball at Pecos Community Center camp

The future of pickleball may be coming from Pecos Community Center’s summer camp.

Kids as young as 6 have been learning the sport all week from local pickleball ambassadors.

“This is where we as adults play, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” said Dutch Vander Laan, a member of the Tempe Pickleball club. “In order to pay our rent, we agreed we would entertain the summer camp kids with a clinic.” Read more at ahwatukee.com…

Demolition intitates construction of extra pickleball courts

Demolition continues on the pickleball courts at the Marinette Recreation Center in Sun City.

Demolition continues on the pickleball courts at the Marinette Recreation Center in Sun City.

A week ago, the pickleball courts at Marinette Recreation Center in Sun City were full of enthusiastic players, gathered to play on them one final time.

The pickleball club, which began playing on the courts more than 10 years ago, sponsored a “Fun Day” where members socialized and played prior to the courts being demolished to make way for 20 news courts, which should be completed by year’s end. Read more at yourwestvalley.com…