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Local pickleball club expanding interest in sport

May 31, 2015 -- 9:00 a.m.

By Tori Hughes

A new sport club is helping to spread the interest of pickleball throughout Rome, Floyd County and Northwest Georgia.

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America, according to Bob Hood, the president of the newly formed Coosa Valley Pickleball Club.

Pickleball is described as a combination of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton that uses oversized wooden paddles and wiffle ball. While the court is a similar setup to tennis, the court is smaller and the net is slightly lower.

The Coosa Valley Pickleball Club was formed a few months ago and currently has over 30 members ranging from eight years old to 81.

Hood said the oldest member is RFPRA Hall of Famer Bill Thornton.

“He’s very enthusiastic about pickleball and has been a great supporter of the club and the opportunity we’ve had to start playing at the Thornton Center.”

The club meets at the Thornton Center located in North Rome and plays pickleball every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and occasional Saturdays.

Hood said the club plans demonstrations of the sport at places like the Coosa Country Club.

The next demonstration will be at the recreation center in Summerville on Thursday, June 4 and another on Tuesday, June 16 at the Tennis Center.

Hood said the game is “addictive” and very fun to play.

“It’s a very social game. The first rule of pickleball is have fun, and it’s easy to learn. If you have any tennis experience, it’s very easy.”

Hood said the club is continuing to work on going to places like schools, churches and other recreation centers to expand the interest of the sport.

“Our goal is to make sure that everybody in Northwest Georgia learns about pickleball and has the opportunity to play.”

To learn more about the Coosa Valley Pickleball Club or to get involved, visit the club’s Facebook page or call Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority at (706) 291-0766 or Hood at (435) 216-8478.

Photo from Coosa Valley Pickleball Club Facebook page