It was January of my junior year of high school when he passed away from leukemia. They had visited the summer before and I could tell something wasn’t right. My parents hadn’t told me too much and being a teenager, I didn’t stop and ask him how he was doing. Not “How’s it going?”, but “Really, how are you?”
My grandfather, Jack, loved tennis and would have loved pickleball. He lived most of his life in Michigan and eventually retired to a golf course community that had a few tennis courts.
When he passed away, my grandmother, Jean, bequeathed me his golf clubs and tennis racquet. I still have the tennis racquet; the golf clubs were donated to someone else along the way. A tennis racquet isn’t much to hold on to, but I remember opening the can of tennis balls it came with a couple years ago, and picturing him on one of those courts. If he was still alive, he would have had a few of those tennis courts converted to pickleball.
Something else that’s special about pickleball- there’s not many sports you can play with your grandparents. Wait…Is poker considered a sport?
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2019 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships
YESSS!! It’s time for our annual list of who to connect with in pickleball. As our sport grows, so does the number of people and companies that are creating exciting content for all of us. Below is our list of who to follow/connect with or just check out in 2019.