Pickleball event in Exeter NH to help Big Brothers Big Sisters

EXETER — Pickleball is surging in recognition in city and nationally, and now a event is offering a showcase for it.

Exeter Parks and Recreation Department and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire are partnering to placed on the event Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July Sep 11, to elevate funds and consciousness about the youth mentoring program at BBBSNH.

“Last yr, clearly, we weren’t in a position to have any occasions, and coming into this yr, we simply needed to have one thing new and enjoyable,” mentioned Linda Carter, particular occasions and enterprise engagement coordinator for BBBSNH. “One of our VPs is an enormous pickleball participant, and he or she thought this could be a enjoyable manner to have a event and a enjoyable manner to get individuals collectively after COVID.”

BBBSNH will give a portion of event proceeds again to Exeter Parks and Recreation for its summer season camps.

“We thought it was an excellent thought as a result of pickleball has actually exploded right here in Exeter,” mentioned Greg Bisson, director at Exeter Parks and Recreation.

The sport is performed with paddles and a ball resembling a Wiffle ball and is described as a mix of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. According to the USA Pickleball Association, the game has seen a 650% enhance in participation numbers during the last six years.

People play pickleball at courts in Portsmouth. This weekend, a tournament is being played in Exeter.

Though the registration is now closed as a result of all of the spots are crammed, the event is open to all ages, with individuals starting from 16 to 91. The entry payment was $65, which included a T-shirt.

There are clinics deliberate Friday. Tournament play begins on Saturday, with ladies’s doubles in the morning, and males’s doubles in the afternoon. Mixed doubles are being performed Sunday.

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