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Women renew friendships on the pickleball court

What do you do when you retire, yet still want to socialize with people and get in some good, healthy exercise? One option is to play pickleball. According to the USA Pickleball website, the game was created in 1965 by three men on Bainbridge Island, Washington, whose families complained that “there was nothing to do.” Joel Pritchard, congressman from Washington State, and Bill Bell, a successful businessman, improvised the game on an old tennis court on their property, starting with old badminton rackets, then switching to ping pong paddles, using a perforated plastic ball to hit back and forth. Their friend, Barney McCallum, was invited to play the next weekend, and the three men created rules for the game, relying heavily on the rules of badminton. Their goal was to find a game that the whole family could play together.

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