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Newport Beach, CA: Status Update: Drink mimosas, play pickleball, help some kids

Staff reportFebruary 17, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

KidWorks in Santa Ana is inviting women to pick up a paddle and play in its first Women’s Pickleball Tournament to benefit KidWorks Campus Crash, a program that provides low-income students with their first encounter with college.

What is pickleball, you ask? The sport, first played in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Wash., was invented after a botched game of badminton. The players used a Wiffle ball instead of a shuttlecock, lowered the badminton net and made paddles from plywood.

The fundraising event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 27 at The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club (11 Clubhouse Drive). Registration and a light breakfast, including mimosas, are scheduled from 9 until 9:30, followed by tournament play until noon.

Lunch, a KidWorks program and the awards ceremony will begin at noon and end at 1 p.m.

Players must register by March 13 to snare a spot in the tournament. It’s $75 per player and sponsorships are available, too. To register, go to

KidsWorks is a nonprofit that provides academic, spiritual and leadership programs for underserved children and teens.

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