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.
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.