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Join the Fun: Pick up Pickleball

Pickleball is a recreational sport surging in popularity in recent months. Nash County Ambassador for the USA Pickleball Association, Marion Stoga, says it is “a social, fun game for everyone.”

Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. It can be played indoors or outdoors, and it is accessible to people of all ages. Earlier this week, we mentioned a number of options for you to consider as you set fitness goals for 2023, but pickleball could be a great option to consider for many people.

Our podcast, TC Spotlight, featured Stoga a few weeks ago to discuss pickleball in the Twin Counties. She discussed the history of pickleball, some great tips for those curious about equipment and getting started, and more in the interview.

The nature of the sport allows less agile and older people to play, but it has plenty of space for those looking to play more intensely and competitively. The court is smaller than a tennis court, but it requires anticipation and good hand-eye coordination, which can be developed by playing.

There are several options for playing pickleball in the Twin Counties:

Sunset Park in Rocky Mount has four outdoor pickleball courts.

Sunset Park in Rocky Mount is a popular spot with four pickleball courts.

Nashville Elementary hosts pickleball for beginners at 6 p.m. on Tuesday nights with free play from 7-8:30 p.m. Experienced players can play there on Thursdays from 6:30 until 8:30.

The South Rocky Mount Community Center hosts pickleball on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The YMCA also offers pickleball Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until noon; a membership is required to play.

Pickleball is a fun way to get active, and the community is welcoming to newcomers. The start of a new year is a great time to pick up a paddle and try it.

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