Maryland Pickleball Club Hosts “Pickleball for Parkinson’s”
The pickleball community in and around Silver Spring, Maryland came together recently to bring about awareness and financial assistance to Parkinson’s disease.
Leisure World Pickleball Club was honored and proud to host “Play Pickleball for Parkinson’s”. Combining the pure joy of pickleball while, at the same time raising much-needed funds to support local resident Andy Leighton and the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital area. The event was organized by District Ambassador and Leisure World Pickleball President, Scott Keenum.
Participants enjoyed a two-hour clinic featuring drills, rotational point play, along with men’s/women’s doubles and mixed doubles action. Guest instructors were District Ambassador Helen White (Andy’s wife), Ambassadors Bill Wiley, Lynne Coburn, Josh Jenkins and Emer Daly. Also in attendance was Jerry Clark, 2017 National Senior Olympics’ 70-74 Men’s Double Gold Medalist and regional medalists, John Hougton and Sara Maher. Through the generosity of the participating players and spectators, nearly $1,000 was donated to “Andy’s Army.”
Pickleball provides a wonderful conduit to help those in need and the Leisure World Pickleball Club clearly displayed communities coming together for a worthwhile cause.