Sebastian Pickleball Becomes Fastest Growing Sport

Karen Tola Pallon and Richard van Syl took the silver in the Port Charlotte Hospice Cup.
Karen Tola Pallon and Richard van Syl took the silver in the Port Charlotte Hospice Cup.

SEBASTIAN – Pickleball has become the fastest growing sport in the town of Sebastian and has become a social setting for many residents.

A lot of people who signup to play Pickleball have never played tennis. On the other hand, the sport is becoming popular among former tennis players.

“Pickleball is better on the knees, and several people that used to play tennis enjoy the sport because it’s less strenuous, ” said Dan Gunn, who plays Pickleball several times a week. “The extension of running is also shorter than tennis.”

Gunn says the game is similar to tennis, and most novices can learn to play immediately. People meet regularly for the enjoyment of playing, and it’s great cardio.

People with racquetball or tennis skills can pick up this game in no time. The game is highly competitive and fun.

Just put on a good pair of shoes and learn how to play. People are playing Pickleball from Monday through Friday starting at 6 p.m. at Schumann Park.

Advanced players usually meet on Wednesdays and Fridays, and that’s usually a great time to watch others play the sport. Tuesdays and Thursdays are usually for beginners.

Gunn said that there’s always people at the courts who will teach you how to play this friendly sport.

Schumann Park is located at 1091 Schumann Driver in Sebastian. Visit the courts between Monday and Friday after 6:00 p.m. and ask for Karen.

“All you need is your Pickleball shoes and desire for promoting wellness. Please bring friends, family, neighbors, and acquaintances,” Karen says.

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