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Nutritional wealth: Pickleball a sweet offering at the rec center
The pickleball courts at the Bryan County Rec Center on Timber Trail in Richmond Hill.

If you look deeper inside the outside tennis court complex at the Bryan County Rec Center off 508 Timber Trail, you’ll see a shiny new addition. Eight brand new Pickleball courts have replaced two former tennis courts.

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports with millions playing throughout the US. Why? Pickleball is easy to learn, fun, highly social and challenging. Kids from preteens to post 80s and all ages in between are playing. Anyone can compete almost immediately.

Pickleball is a sport that’s a combination of ping-pong, tennis and badminton using a paddle and plastic ball with holes. The rules for pickleball are simple. As you become more experienced, it continues to be challenging, fast-paced and competitive.

Pickleball is a healthy alternative for competitive people who left tennis or other sports due to the physical demands. Many with shoulder, knee and other joint limitations can enjoy playing pickleball immediately but check with your doctor to be sure. Most pickleball games are played with four people on the challenges.

If you’ve been sidelined from sports for too long because of limitations or you’re itching to get back on the pickleball courts, there are now 10 courts waiting for you in Richmond Hill.

Call the S. Bryan County Rec Center at 912-756-4075 to reserve a court or visit Richmond Hill Pickleball on Facebook to see when people will be playing.

Regular physical movement is key to your health and energy at all ages. Pickleball is a great way to keep it going.

Mike Thompson is a health coach and writes about nutrition and amazing aging. He lives in Richmond Hill, is certified in exercise nutrition and founder of SelfCare Sustained. Reach him at

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