Pickleball serves up fun on court

STERLING — If you’re looking for an activity that gets you out of the house and provides some socialization, pickleball on Wednesdays at the First Church downtown is the perfect opportunity.

The Sterling Senior Center organized program is currently being played in the church auditorium during the colder months, with a novice session from 4 to 5:30 pm and experienced from 5:30 to 7 pm

“It’s a nice, local winter venue for evening play for a year-round sport, and many prefer that time slot,” said longtime town resident Gary Menin Sr., who helps to get the word out about the program.

Although pickleball is a favorite among seniors because it is a low impact sport and develops hand-eye coordination and balance, and increases mobility, it has grown enormously in popularity among people of all ages over the last decade or so. Parts badminton, table tennis and tennis, according to Front Office Sports, pickleball saw around 4.2 million players in 2020, and The Economist says pickleball is the “fastest-growing sport in America.”

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