Pickleball For Hospice A Huge Success

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Competitors and volunteers at this years Pickleball for Hospice event – Contributed photo

The Chatham-Kent Pickleball Club and Thames Campus HealthPlex had a great turnout of players and celebrities for their Pickleball for Hospice Events on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at the Thames Campus HealthPlex. The events raised in excess of $8,000.00 for the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.

A total of 56 pickleball players competed in fun round robin matches and 9 celebrities joined the fun with coaching from Peter and Susen Singleton of Singleton Paddles in Guelph ON.

Celebrities included MP David Van Kestern, MPP Rick Nicholls, Chief of Police Gary Conn, CAO of CK Don Shropshire, CK Councillor Karen Herman, Pete Martin from Cogeco TV, radio and television personality Peter Cobb and one of the orignal CK Pickleballers Harvey Nicholson.

Said CK Pickleball Club president Jay Salisbury, “Our group of enthusiastic volunteers have been working since February planning these events and today was the result of a lot of hard work from this dedicated group.”

“Our sponsors were instrumental in us exceeding our goal and we cannot thank them enough. Many sponsors donated cash and prizes which contributed to our success.”

Salisbury continued to praise the many competitors who came out to support the event.

“Everyone who played this weekend is a winner in my books. The action was fast and furious out there and the skill level of play has improved dramatically in the past year,” he said.

Information and schedules regarding pickleball in Chatham-Kent can be found at www.ckpickleball.ca.

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