Gauging interest in starting a local para-pickleball program is the goal of an event being planned for early April by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County (Kansas) Park and Recreation District.
“If there are any para-athletes out there who are interested in starting a para-pickleball program with us, we’d like to know,” said 50 Plus Coordinator Lisa Scharnak. “If there are only a few people interested, we may start a mixed program to get them involved.”
Officials hope to draw individuals who use wheelchairs and are interested in participating in an indoor para-pickleball program. These individuals are invited to attend an Open Play Day scheduled on April 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner. An introduction to the sport and an overview of the rules will be provided, and there will be model play, as well as time for individual practice. This program is free and intended primarily for ages 50 plus. For more information, call (913) 826-3161.
Other pickleball programs offered by 50 Plus have proven very popular in recent years. Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton, and table tennis played on a court with two players per side who use a wiffleball and paddles.