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Published on August 04, 2017

Pickleball is a paddle sport for all ages that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.

Hillsboro, meet Pickleball. Pickleball, meet Hillsboro

One of the fastest-growing sports in America is coming to Hillsboro.

Pickleball is a paddle sport for all ages that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The game was invented in the 1960s but has recently exploded in popularity with courts popping up at over 4,000 locations across the country. Now, Hillsboro is getting in on the action.

An introduction to Pickleball is being brought to Hillsboro through the Healthy Neighbors Coalition – a group of local organizations that focuses on promoting healthy habits, exercise and wellness. The coalition consists of members from the Vernon County Unit on Aging, Hillsboro School District, Wonewoc-Union Center School District, Hillsboro County Market, City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro Police Department, Hillsboro Lions Club, Wonewoc Lions Club, The Good Samaritan Thrift Store and Food Pantry and Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics.

"Pickleball is a fun, often fast-paced game that is suitable for all ages," says Cheryl Vulstek, Director of Quality and Education at Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics. "What we want to do is promote exercise and wellness opportunities in our area to keep people healthy and happy. Pickleball seemed like the perfect fit."

The introduction to Pickleball event takes place August 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hillsboro City Tennis Courts, corner of Mill Street and Pine Avenue. This free event is open to all ages and levels. Equipment will be provided, but individuals are welcome to bring their own. The event will be conducted by local Pickleball instructor Sue Isaacson.

In the event of rain or severe weather, the event will be rescheduled for August 15. If you have questions, call Cheryl Vulstek on (608) 489-8116.

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