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…

 

Pickleball popularity continues to grow in Sun City

At a price tag of $290,000, the current bocce ball courts in Sun City Oro Valley will be moved and three pickleball courts will be build in its place.

At a price tag of $290,000, the current bocce ball courts in Sun City Oro Valley will be moved and three pickleball courts will be build in its place.

Due to high user demand, residents of Sun City Oro Valley will see the development of three new pickleball courts, estimated to be completed in late summer.

The project will supplement two existing courts that were constructed in 2009 near the Sun City Social Hall. The courts are expected to cost $290,000, the funding of which is derived from Sun City’s capital contribution fees, paid by the buyer or seller anytime a property is sold in the community. Read more at explorernews.com…

 

Apache Junction to celebrate opening of pickleball courts with free clinic

On June 21, the parks and recreation department and Friends of Apache Junction will officially open four pickleball courts at Prospector Park

On June 21, the parks and recreation department and Friends of Apache Junction will officially open four pickleball courts at Prospector Park

About three years ago, Gary Gartner was approached by two ladies who wanted the city of Apache Junction to offer a dedicated court on which to play pickleball.

Mr. Gartner, recreation manager II of sports for Apache Junction Parks and Recreation, recalled the moment during a phone interview June 11.

At the time of the women’s request, the city had only one pickleball court but it was only a painted court on a tennis court and players had to use the tennis net which stands taller than a pickleball net, Mr. Gartner said.

He’d consider it, he recalled he said, if the ladies — Vera Walters and Debi Glogower — could produce proof that there was enough interest from residents to warrant dedicated courts for the sport that was growing in popularity in Arizona, he said. Read more at arizona.newszap.com…

SC Grand Pickleball Club sponsors Luke fundraiser

The Sun City Grand Pickleball Club sponsored a teaching clinic and fundraiser for Luke Air Force personnel. Frank Retkowski and Nancy Hebeda, left, stand on one side of a Luke family while Barb Dougher and Linda Durkee stand on the far right.

The Sun City Grand Pickleball Club sponsored a teaching clinic and fundraiser for Luke Air Force personnel. Frank Retkowski and Nancy Hebeda, left, stand on one side of a Luke family while Barb Dougher and Linda Durkee stand on the far right.

Sun City Grand Pickleball Club member Linda Durkee chaired a committee that organized and conducted a May pickleball teaching clinic and fundraising event for Luke Air Force Base personnel.

The clinic was called “Hearts Apart and Pay to Play.”

Assisting Durkee: Betty Ponto, co-chair; Nancy Hebeda, lead instructor; Colleen Grimes, pay-to-play; Sharon Navratil, vendor coordinator; and Bob Ellis, 50:50 raffle.

There were 22 Luke families that participated in the teaching clinic and learned how to play pickleball.

Funds were raised from a raffle, individual contributors and from many club members who gave their time and money to play pickleball. Read more at yourwestvalley.com…