Pickleball offers fun, exercise in Wilton

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Pickleball players Monday night at Academy Hill School in Wilton included from left, in front, Lee Walker, Laurel Walker, Butch Adams, Mike LeClair and Sharon Munroe. In back, from left, Travis Tibbetts and Recreation Director Frank Donald and Gail Gagnon. (Ann Bryant/Sun Media Group)

By Ann Bryant, Staff Writer

WILTON — Good exercise, good fun and a good group of people were reasons voiced during a Monday night session of pickleball.

Offered by the Wilton Recreation Department, pickleball is offered from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays at Academy Hill School.

“It is something I can do even though I’m not in great shape,” Vernon “Butch” Adams said before the games began.

Some initially took instruction on playing pickleball with Wilton dentist, Dr. Milad Bozorgnia, a few years ago, he said.

Bozorgnia, a local ambassador of the sport, was passionate about pickleball which according to the USA Pickleball Association’s website, is a cross between tennis, badminton and ping pong.

People can learn and pick it up quickly. It is good for people even those who are not in great shape, Bozorgnia previously said. Tennis would be harder to play for those who struggle with fitness.

Pickleball players Monday night at Academy Hill School in Wilton included from left, in front, Lee Walker, Laurel Walker, Butch Adams, Mike LeClair and Sharon Munroe. In back, from left, Travis Tibbetts and Recreation Director Frank Donald and Gail Gagnon. (Ann Bryant/Sun Media Group)

Played in singles and doubles, the smaller court provides for more active volley. The game is also easier on joints with less injuries than tennis.

It requires little instruction to learn.

The Monday evening games are open to anyone, no age limit and with any amount of experience, Frank Donald, recreation director, said.

The group started the Monday night sessions in October and will continue until April, he said. Regularly eight to twelve players attend but the largest group this year was 26, he said.

While some, who have been playing for a while come with their own paddles, the Recreation Department has paddles and beginners are welcome, Donald said.

Players pay $2 for the two-hours of pickleball.

For more information, contact the Wilton Recreation Department at 645-4825.

abryant@sunmediagroup.net

Wilton Recreation Department offers a night of Pickleball on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Academy Hill School gymnasium. Frank Donald, left front, and Lee Walker face Mike LeClair, left back, and Travis Tibbetts during a game Monday night. (Ann Bryant/Sun Media Group)
A good game of pickleball is available on Monday nights at the Academy Hill School in Wilton. Frank Donald and Lee Walker on left and Mike LeClair and Travis Tibbetts face off during a game Monday night. (Ann Bryant/Sun Media Group)
Gail Gagnon, left, and Laurel Walker team up for a game of Pickleball Monday night at Academy Hill School in Wilton. The games are open to more players, Frank Donald, Wilton Recreation director, said. (Ann Bryant/Sun Media Group)
Vernon “Butch” Adams and Sharon Munroe wait for a Pickleball serve Monday night during games offered at Academy Hill School in Wilton. (Ann Bryant/Sun Media Group)

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