Pickleball goes intergenerational at SLHS

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:14 AM

“I just think it’s a great learning experience for the senior adults and the students,” SLHS teacher Diane Hagen said.

Students were teamed with pairs of senior adults, playing a game of pickleball during their gym class. Hagen and senior pickleball class instructor Jimmie O’Hearn said the opportunity allowed both age groups to get to know each other better.

“It kind of closes the generation gap,” Hagen said.

Hagen said both her students and the senior citizens looked forward to the match up.

“I wanted to bring the two generations together, and I had the teacher’s backing and the athletic department, and it’s just been great,” O’Hearn said. “We’re probably going to play Spring Lake once a month.”

According to the USA Pickleball Association, the game is played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic ball and paddles.

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