The Oak Lawn Park District announced its tennis drill and pickle ball class information recently while inviting residents to enjoy a game of Pickleball or work on improving their tennis skills through drills and classes at the Oak Lawn Park District Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center.
Tennis drill and class information can be found at www.olparks.com.
Pickleball drop in is available Monday through Friday from 6:00am-12:00pm and Monday evenings from 6:00-10:00pm at the Racquet Center located at 10444 S. Central Ave., Oak Lawn, IL 60453.
Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum — whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities — are credited for creating game. Pickleball has evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada.
The game is growing internationally as well, with many European and Asian countries adding courts. The game can be played either indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. The game is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.
For those that want to play or train with others, Pickleball can be played as doubles or singles like Tennis.