Correction: This article has been updated with corrected information.


Pickleball is a sport that has swept the nation and is gaining increasing popularity locally. The game can be played by a wide range of ages and combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Ardmore has multiple pickleball courts already in place with more coming in the near future, including six to be built at Regional Park. As many people as possible are being invited to play courtesy of Ardmore Pickleball. With their pickleball in a bag program, they will be offering pickle ball sets and supplies, and this program will be offered to area nonprofits and organizations such as churches, schools, civic groups or fire stations.


Ardmore Pickleball Ambassador Pam Stout said the new sets are a courtesy of a grant received from the Ardmore Institute of Health. She encouraged everyone who is interested to learn more about the game and how to be a part of the pickle ball in a bag program to come and play a few games with the group.


Anyone interested can play for free at the Ardmore YMCA during select times through the month of January. Ardmore Pickleball plays every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.


Stout said the free pickleball sets will contain everything needed for a group to play the game. Groups will apply for the sets and once selected, a pickleball instructor will work closely with them to learn all the essentials of the game. The instructor will help schedule a beginning clinic with the organization as well as following up to help ensure the continued success of the program.


For more information about Ardmore Pickleball, visit their group page, “Ardmore Pickleball,” on Facebook or reach out to pickleball ambassadors Pam Stout at plstout@att.net or Jerry McMahon at ZeroZeroTwoJerry@gmail.com.