Senior Pickleball Report
OATS from AARP Celebrates National Physical Fitness and Sports Month with Online Programs Geared to Get Older Adults Moving
NEW YORK, May 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — In honor of National Fitness Month, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP is celebrating its growing community of older adults with a variety of free virtual classes, through its flagship Senior Planet program, aiming to help seniors flip the script on aging, get active, build strength and have fun while doing it. To cap off the month’s activities, Senior Planet will also host a virtual “Meet and Move,” where this year’s Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes will share their inspiring fitness journeys with older adults around the nation.
Now in its fourth year, the Senior Planet Sponsored Athlete Program highlights the remarkable athletic feats that older adults aged 60+ can accomplish – along with the importance of staying active and fit. This year’s Sponsored Athletes participate in weightlifting, pickleball, walking and more. Each Senior Planet Sponsored Athlete challenges outdated stereotypes about aging and fitness, while inspiring their peers to take the initial steps to improve their own health.
To keep the excitement and activities going throughout the month, Senior Planet will offer a number of health and wellness classes, including Morning Stretch, Fit Fusion Workout, Easy-to-Follow Tai Chi, Stronger Bones, Chair Yoga and Strength and Stability. Older adults across the nation can join free virtual exercise classes online at www.seniorplanet.org.
“We’re passionate about helping older adults get connected and stay active,” said OATS from AARP Executive Director Tom Kamber. “Senior Planet offers a wide range of free classes designed to offer something for everyone, from strength exercises that help build muscle to stretch classes that encourage flexibility. Our goal is to make fitness fun and approachable. In classes, older adults aren’t just building strength and confidence – they’re making friends, too.”
According to AARP, regular exercise could be essential to ensuring older adults maintain healthy and strong lives, from possibly stalling memory loss to helping people live longer. OATS is on a mission to help older adults make that happens with courses and programs that help them thrive in the modern age.
About OATS from AARP
OATS from AARP helps older adults learn to use and leverage technology to transform their lives and their communities. Through its flagship program, Senior Planet, OATS works closely with older adults to create extraordinary experiences in-person and online. As one of AARP’s charitable affiliates, the mission of OATS from AARP is “to harness the power of technology to change the way we age.” To learn more, visit www.oats.org or follow @OlderAdultsTech on social media.
SOURCE Older Adults Technology Services from AARP
From Softball To Pro Pickleball
Kelly Stroble, a non-traditional racquet sports player, shares her journey to becoming a pro and her experiences at the US Open and with different partnerships.
Pickleball may not have the same level of recognition as traditional racquet sports like tennis or badminton, but it is a rapidly growing sport. And for Kelly Stroble, it’s been a path to pro success.
Stroble didn’t come to pickleball in the typical way. Instead of years playing tennis or racquetball, she came from a softball background. But after being introduced to the sport by a friend, Stroble quickly fell in love with pickleball’s fast-paced, team-oriented gameplay.
Stroble’s commitment to the sport paid off in a big way. After only a few years of playing, she made it to the US Open, an event held annually in Naples, Florida that attracts the best pickleball players from around the world.
Part of what makes pickleball so appealing is the inclusive and supportive nature of its community. Stroble speaks highly of the other pro players, saying “we’re all friends at the end of the day.” And while it’s a relatively new sport, it’s one that’s growing quickly, with more and more players and fans joining the community every year.
Stroble has also been fortunate enough to have great partnerships with sponsors like Engage Pickleball and Civil E Apparel. These partnerships have helped her excel in the sport, providing her with the tools and support she needs to be a top player.
Overall, Stroble’s story is a testament to the power of dedication and hard work. Even without a traditional racquet sport background, she was able to become a pro player in a growing and competitive sport. And it’s clear that she’s not done yet – Stroble has already set her sights on even bigger accomplishments in the future.
- Engage Pickleball: https://engagepickleball.com/
- Civil E Apparel: https://www.civileapparel.com/
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Pickleball4America Unveils Details of First Ever Ballpark Series™ with Events at Fenway Park, Oracle Park and Coors Field
Amateur players of all skill levels will have the opportunity to play in three of baseball’s
most storied ballparks
NAPLES, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Pickleball4America™ (“Pickle4™”), a dynamic and rapidly emerging organization committed to creating new and enhanced experiences for professional and amateur pickleball players, made a series of announcements today around their newly created Ballpark Series™ that will be held this July and August on three weekends at Fenway Park (Boston – 7/13 to 7/16), Oracle Park (San Francisco – 7/20 to 7/23) and Coors Field (Denver – 8/3 to 8/6). Combined with their existing asset – the US Open Pickleball Championships, the sports biggest event – the unveiling of the Ballpark Series establishes Pickleball4America as a leader in hosting major and iconic events at a national level.
“We started Pickleball4America with a vision to build the sport’s best ecosystem centered around operating prestigious events and creating a robust digital community that becomes the go-to destination for all who love the game,” said Mike Dee, Chairman of Pickleball4America. “The Ballpark Series builds on the recent success of the 2023 US Open Pickleball Championships which set new records for both participation and attendance. We are excited to now expand our event portfolio in these cathedrals of baseball providing players and fans with a unique experience to enjoy all that pickleball has to offer. Our goal is to shine a bright light on this great game.”
Players will need to register for the opportunity to purchase court reservations and/or participate in the competition.Tweet
Amateur players can participate in the Ballpark Series two different ways. The first will be to reserve court time for an 80-minute session for up to ten players. In addition, for those amateurs who want to compete for an inaugural Ballpark Series medal, there will be doubles championships at skill levels 3.5 and up. In anticipation of high demand, players will need to register for the opportunity to purchase court reservations and/or participate in the amateur competition. For more details please visit redsox.com/pickleball for Boston, sfgiants.com/pickleball for San Francisco and rockies.com/pickleball for Denver. Registration for Boston and San Francisco opens today, Thursday, June 1. Denver registration will go live in early June.
All sessions will be open for fans to purchase general admission tickets.
For more details, please visit the team web sites highlighted above or Pickle4.com.
Pickleball4America, founded in 2022, is focused on developing an ecosystem around America’s fastest growing sport, including events and digital content, commerce and community. In 2023, Pickleball4America closed its initial round of funding, merged with the US Open Pickleball Championships® and launched the Ballpark Series, which is bringing more playing opportunities to amateurs and professionals in iconic venues across the U.S.
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SOURCE Pickleball for America, Inc.
Senior Pickleball Report
Pickle and Chill to Open Second Location in Cleveland Area
CLEVELAND /PRNewswire/ — Pickle and Chill, the highly successful indoor/outdoor pickleball facility in Columbus, Ohio has announced plans to expand to a second location in the Cleveland area opening by October 2023.
The Cleveland operation will be located at the Pavilion Shopping center in the former Stein Mart building (23949 Chagrin Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122). It is expected to house 12 indoor and 6 outdoor courts. It also includes a stylish bar and lounge as well as multiple event spaces.
Pickle and Chill is a concept that embraces all levels of pickleball and allows for both members and non-members to participate in open play, leagues, clinics, lessons, tournaments and more.
“We’re one of the very few locations in the United States in an all-weather climate to have an indoor/outdoor dedicated pickleball facility, ” owner David Kass said of Pickle and Chill. “We are uniquely situated down I-71 to bring the same knowledge and experience to the Cleveland market who we believe will embrace this concept as much or more than Columbus has.”
Pickle and Chill, which has 9 indoor (opened November 2022) and 10 outdoor courts (opening in 2 weeks) has taught more than 1200 people how to play pickleball since opening. It runs 7 leagues a week and several clinic series; has 6 active instructors; and hosts over 120 hours of open play, special events and other programming each month.
The ownership group also owns the only Ohio-based Major League Pickleball team, the Columbus Pickleball Club. Pickle and Chill hosted the 2nd MLP event in October 2022.
FOR MORE INFO: Ruth Milligan, 614-348-0760
SOURCE Pickle and Chill
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