Starting on December 23, pickleball will be available at the Downtown YMCA.
The days and times will be as follows:
Mondays: 2:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 2:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Sundays: 10:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
1050 West State Street, Boise, ID 83702
(A special thank you to Carson Spencer for all his work to secure more places to play in the Treasure Valley!)
From the Pickleball Channel:
St. George, UT was an exciting place to be last week! The action on the pickleball courts at the Huntsman World Senior Games was amazing! Athletes from all over came to participate in this top rated tournament. Pickleball Channel had their cameras right in the middle of all the fun. Watch this great recap video and see for yourself the athleticism, community and fun that was everywhere at Huntsman. Congratulations to the players on their hard work and amazing plays across the board! Check out these fantastic athletes in action!
Our club’s two “Old Boise High Buddies,” Tim Gleason and Dick Johnson, recently showed at the huge Huntsman World Senior Games that the quality of pickleball in Idaho is pretty darn good!
Huntsman is the largest annual multi-sport event in the world for athletes 50 and over. Around 11,000 athletes competed in over 30 sports at over 80 venues over two weeks this year. Athletes came from every state, of course, and around 75 countries have also been represented since the games began in St. George, Utah, 28 years ago! AND, as a strong example of how our wonderful sport is exploding in popularity all over the world, pickleball had the 4th highest number of athletes there of all 30 sports!
Tim brought home a Bronze medal in 70 Men’s Singles.
Dick won 3 medals: 2 Silvers in 75 Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles and a Bronze in Mixed Doubles. This completes for Dick a unique “Grand Slam” of medaling in the four major senior national pickleball tourneys (Huntsman, USAPA Nationals, the National Senior Games, and the National Senior Games of America). He’s won 9 medals in those last 4 tourneys, including 3 Golds, 3 Silvers, and 3 Bronzes.
Two other Idahoans also brought home medals! A Bronze in 3.5 65 Men’s Doubles for Chris Given of Nampa and a Bronze in 60 Men’s Singles for Joe Grimm of Salmon.
So, four Idahoans competed in this huge and tough world class event and all four brought home medals! FANTASTIC!!!
“We have many great players in Idaho, says Dick. And, our many hours of drills and practice and study of the game is really paying off.” Dick also says the hard work on new facilities in the state is getting noticed. Some of the very best players are seriously interested in visiting Idaho and seeing our exciting Hobble Creek complex.
Pickleball is growing world wide!
Here’s proof in a Facebook post from the Pickleball Times which is a news portal of the Indian Pickleball Movement:
Recently, four Treasure Valley pickleball players demonstrated the game at Eagle High School.
After the demo, 45 students and two physical education staff joined in and played and played and played.
Diane Stinger (Boise Pickleball Club), Joel Shabor (BPC), Rudy Whittaker (Boise Area Pickleball Association), and Carson Spencer (BPC) were great players to not only promote the game to this younger generation, they are knowledgeable enough to answer the bazillions of questions asked about the game.
A good time was had by all. 🙂