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Mount Vernon pickleball doubles partners Larry Smith, left, and Bob Frost practice at Memorial Park on Wednesday. They, along with area resident Bob Christopher, will participate in the Senior Olympics in Cleveland in July.
Mount Vernon pickleball doubles partners Larry Smith, left, and Bob Frost practice at Memorial Park on Wednesday. They, along with area resident Bob Christopher, will participate in the Senior Olympics in Cleveland in July. (Photo by Geoff Cowles) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
June 29, 2013 12:20 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — Three local pickleball players are headed for the Senior Olympics in Cleveland in July.

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Wait ... what in the world is pickleball?

Some have described it as a miniature version of tennis, and others have figured it for an oversized version of ping pong. Either way, it’s plenty of fun for all ages.

Since local resident Bob Frost introduced Mount Vernon to pickleball last year, it has slowly caught on. As many as 22 players have been a part of his group at any one time.

“It’s huge in Florida and Arizona,” said Frost. “It’s getting into Ohio and we are a little behind in pickleball. I know they are playing in Wooster, and they started playing in Westerville at the recreation center and they have a bunch of people over there.”

But the rest of the nation is picking up on the sport — especially the senior section of the population. Frost and fellow Mount Vernon resident Larry Smith will pair up as a doubles team for the National Senior Olympics, which will be held in Cleveland in the last week of July. This year’s Senior Olympics pickleball venue will be the brand new Cleveland Convention Center. This will be the inaugural event for the new building.

 

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