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It’s always pickleball season

Students are creating a pickleball club for all to enjoy.
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Destiny Williams (’26) and friends at the local pickleball courts after school to play a few rounds and hangout with each other. Photo by Destiny Williams

Pickleball is exploding in popularity around school. So much so that a few students are gathering together to create a pickleball club sponsored by Donald Burdick(FAC). Students Lily Unger(‘26) and Destiny Williams(‘26) came up with the idea for the club and were able to gather a group of their friends to join. Pickleball is a racket sport where either two or four people hit a hollow ball and try to score points.

Unger got the idea while she was hanging out with Williams one day, they wanted a club where everyone could spend time with each other and play pickleball.

“I got the idea to start the club with Destiny. I had played pickleball with my brother before. I just thought that it would be fun if everyone could play together,” Unger said.

The club is in the works and is set to be official later this year, they are in the paperwork process making sure they have all the requirements have been met. This delay is building anticipation amongst the people who are waiting to join.

“In order for the club to start I submitted an application and emailed a few people to see where we could meet, and now I just have to wait. I hope the club will be official sometime this year but the chances of that are slim so the club realistically will be finalized for next year,” Williams said.

Most people joining the club want something fun to do after school. Kendall Calzone(‘27) wants to join the club because she thinks it will be a joyful experience.

“I have pretty much no experience, my friends and I go to the courts on Saturday nights just to hang out and have a good time. I want to join the club because the people who are joining are all cool and it seems like a fun experience overall,” Calzone said.

To keep up with the upcoming announcements of the pickleball club, reach out to the organizers, Lily Unger and Destiny Williams.

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