Free pickleball clinics coming to Richmond this spring

Free pickleball clinics coming to Richmond this spring
Pickeball photo courtesy of U.S.A. Pickleball Association

By Kathy Chouteau

A series of pickleball Introductory Clinics are set to hit tennis courts in Richmond this spring. Hosted by U.S.A. Pickleball Association Ambassador Darlene Drapkin, the clinics will be held on Saturdays on April 10, April 24, May 8 and May 22 (in Spanish) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Booker T. Anderson Park tennis courts, Carlson Blvd. & S. 47th St. in Richmond.

Pickleball is a burgeoning sport that is a combination of tennis, badminton and Ping Pong using lightweight paddles. According to enthusiasts, it’s easy to learn and offers excellent exercise, but won’t wear you out. And, yep, you get to call yourself a “pickler” if you participate in the sport.

The clinics—which were originally scheduled for December but had to be postponed due to the pandemic—are offered in Richmond thanks to a Love Your Block grant awarded to Drapkin. Participants should wear masks; equipment will be provided.

To register for one of the free clinics, click here. Questions? Contact Darlene Drapkin at [email protected] or call (510) 459-7780.