The "fastest growing sport" for seniors debuted this Friday, March 20th, 2015 at ACC Campus. Organized by Heman Lee, a volunteer ACC computer class instructor.
Jennie 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
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 finatic 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 loss 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 endeavour, 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 play-ground 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 Jennie 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 on 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 nets, demonstration paddles, balls and additional materials. required to mark court lines. Jennie Fong and I donated a net system at a cost of $150 each. ACC contributed $160 for painting of the court.
ACC put 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!
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 scheduled during normal facilities hours.
New Summer Pickleball
We now offer evening Pickleball starting June 22nd, 2015.
If you are interested in starting a Pickleball campaign in Sacramento, please contact me: