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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Never has a sport come onto the national scene and grown as quickly as pickleball. As most people that play the sport know, finding a consistent and available location to play is the drawback to the explosion. Even with an estimated 6,000 places to play it can be difficult finding courts nearby. Cities, towns and recreation centers are trying to accommodate players with new courts, but that requires funding.
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