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Pickleball queen's crusade for new courts pays off

Original post made on Aug 2, 2019

She's been dubbed the goddess, the queen or the ambassador of pickleball. Monica Engel Williams, 77, displays boundless enthusiasm for the paddle sport and has recruited hundreds of local residents to the tennis-like game.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 2, 2019, 6:54 AM

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Posted by Member
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 5, 2019 at 5:20 pm

What a great article, and the observations are spot on. Pickleball is a sport that people of all ages can play together and is easy to learn. The pickleball community at Mitchell Park is extremely welcoming and supportive of new players. I stopped by to check out the game three years ago, and was handed a paddle and given a quick tutorial. Ten minutes in, I played my first game (a doubles game) and have been hooked since. Continual teaching and training take place both informally during games from other players and formally through classes and free clinics from some of the pro players. Over the years, I've met many players who have overcome serious health issues, and they credit the physical and social aspects of pickleball as a saving grace. Many thanks to the Palo Alto Pickleball Club for creating a nurturing space for people to gather and play and for friendships to grow.


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