To increase awareness of and participation in one of the fastest growing sports in America, the USA Pickleball Association has once again designated the month of April as National Pickleball Month.
“Pickleball is experiencing unparalleled growth in the United States,” said Justin Maloof, executive director of the USAPA. “By establishing National Pickleball Month again for April, we hope to continue to promote the sport on a national level and help get Americans moving, staying active and truly enjoying this great sport.”
Pickleball is a fun, active paddle sport for all ages and all skill levels that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. The sport provides numerous physical, mental and social benefits while being easy to learn and less physically demanding than many other sports.
While the majority of players are aged 50 and above, the sport is gaining increasing popularity with younger players as well.
In Chaffee County, the Peak to Peak Pickleball Club boasts over 200 players ranging in age from 20s to 80s. There are three indoor venues and four outdoor venues for play, with opportunities for players of all skill levels to play 7 days a week.
Equipment and instruction is available for those who are new to the game. To commemorate National Pickleball Month, the Peak to Peak Pickleball Club is offering several “Learn to Play” clinics for anyone interested in learning more about the sport. These free 2-hour clinics will provide a basic introduction to the game.
Learn to Play clinics
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.-noon, Darren Patterson Christian Academy gym
Saturday, April 27, 6-8 p.m. Darren Patterson Christian Academy gym
Register at www.buenavistarec.com.
Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m.-noon. Centennial Park courts (next to the Aquatic Center)
Register Contact Marnie at email@example.com or Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about pickleball, visit www.usapa.org.