The “fastest growing sport” for seniors debuted this Friday, March 20th, 2015 at ACC Campus. Organized by volunteers at ACC Senior Services
Jeannie Fong who is in our Taichi group invited me to come down to Elk Grove to play Pickleball. I said what is Pickleball? She said it was like mini-tennis. So on January 5th, 2015, I checked out the new Pickleball program at the:
9014 Bruceville Rd, Elk Grove, CA (map)
Every Monday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Fee: $3
At the Wackford Complex, I met with Karen Alfsen who happens to be the local Pickleball Ambassador for the area. She set me aside and showed me the fundamentals of the game. After that, I was totally hooked — I was probably hooked before I even came down because I have been an avid tennis player since the age of 15 years. I also have been a fanatic with all forms of racquet sport such as Table Tennis and Racquetball. After playing tennis for years my elbow is gone.
I found Pickleball to be a lot less strenuous on both elbows and knees but still has many of the same elements I love about tennis. In fact, modern tennis has lost a lot of the strategy elements due to advancement in racquet technology. I miss the mental elements in tennis so that what I found very appealing about Pickleball.
Pickleball at ACC
At the time I began my Pickleball endeavor, the ACC Senior Services formerly ( Asian Community Center ) where I volunteer as a computer instructor was moving across the street into a brand new facility. The new facility was formerly the Maryhill Middle School which happens to include a playground area with 2 basketball courts. I thought to myself that we would be able to fit 3 or 4 Pickleball courts and start a similar program to the one at Wackford.
Thus, my research began…
It started with a proposal
My friend Jeannie Fong said that she would split to cost for nets and balls. I found the USAPA.org website to research how we can approach our Board of Directors in this endeavor.
I drafted up a proposal and sent it to our program director, Linda Revella. Here is our proposal: ACC Pickleball Proposal
On February 9th, 2015, we made a presentation to the Program Board using this presentation:
Many on the board were ecstatic with our presentation and voted to go forward with the proposed court conversion.
The USAPA Grant program provides funds to subsidize training programs for school students, local residents, organizations or individuals who are novices to pickleball and do not belong to a pickleball club or other organized group.
I was able to secure a $250 grant from the USAPA in order to offset my cost for 3 nets, demonstration paddles, balls and additional materials required to mark court lines. Jeannie Fong and I donated an additional net system at a cost of $150 and ACC contributed $160 for the painting of the court lines.
On March 3rd, 2015, Khonnie Lattasima, ACC Volunteer Manager sent out an Email request for all volunteers who wanted to help paint line.
Subject: Volunteers needed this Friday to help prepare Pickleball court
ACC has a new fitness club: Pickleball!
In case you haven’t heard of Pickleball, it is the fastest growing sport in the U.S., and especially among seniors. A cross between tennis and ping-pong, pickleball is a great sport for fitness and, of course, is lots of fun too! You can view a neat video about it HERE. We need 2-3 more volunteers this Friday (March 6th) to help tape, measure, and paint the Pickleball court lines. The court is located at our new “campus” location: 7334 Park City Drive, Sacramento, CA 95831. The shift will begin at 9:30 AM. Please let me know if you’re interested! To volunteer, simply respond to this email to sign up, or call (916) 394-6399 x143. More info about Pickleball here: http://www.usapa.org/ Interested in signing up to play? Call Anna Su at (916) 393-9026 x330 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On March 6th, 2015 a group of 4 people showed up to help, not including myself and Jennie Fong.
We debuted our first drop-in Pickleball on April 15th, 2015. The drop-in schedule will be every Wednesday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Additional dates will be added depending on the demand. Currently, ACC is not open during the weekend, so drop-in dates and time would have to schedule during normal facilities hours.
After our sucessful debut, we decided the paint the inside of the court before the official open play. We help from ACC volunteers Jeannie Fong, Sunny & Carol Jung and Raymond Yu we formed a workcrew the weekend on April 1st, 2015. See photos and video:s Google Photo Album
If you are interested in starting a Pickleball campaign in Sacramento, please contact me: