NORA expands youth pickleball clinic to fifth and sixth grades

Tribune Staff • Sep 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Area youth now have an opportunity to be introduced to pickleball.

The growing sport is a fun activity that combines the many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Once a recreational sport considered only for retirees, pickleball is now going mainstream. It’s really for all ages and skill levels.

According to the USA Pickleball Association, the sport was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. Three dads whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities are credited for creating the game.

Pickleball has evolved from the original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the U.S. and Canada. The game is growing internationally, as well, with many European and Asian countries adding courts.

It’s time to introduce your child to one of the fastest growing sports in the area. The Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority (NORA) is again providing a Youth Pickleball Clinic this fall for boys and girls in grades 1-4. Clinics will take place at Griffin Elementary School on Thursdays from Sept. 21 through Oct. 26, from 4:15-5:15 p.m.

NORA is also expanding the program and offering it for the first time at White Pines Intermediate School for boys and girls in grades 5-6. The Intermediate school program will take place on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. through Oct. 24.

Pickleball paddles, balls and net will be provided. Participants just need to wear athletic clothes and tennis shoes. The class is instructed by Carrie Rodgers, Lakeshore Pickleball Club member and retired Griffin first-grade teacher.

For further information, questions or to register, call the NORA office at 616-850-5125, or check the website at nora.ghaps.org.

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