A number of our local players have offered their time and assistance, providing "more hands on deck" in gym classes at Sarah Scott! We set up two groups of four to handle Tu/Th and W/F classes alongside the gym teacher, Ann Smith. Ann is quite accomplished in racket sports and has participated from time to time in some pickleball games with the GTHPA. Marcia helped arrange for the volunteers in Ann's gym classes.
A big thank you goes out to: Cheryl and Steve Bedwell, Norm and Sherrie Cheesman, Vicki Clark, Richard Dahle, Mark Greenwell, and Marcia Ogle (who had to step in because she couldn't find a fourth volunteer for the first day out to Sarah Scott). On that first day in each of the classes, we played a quick demo game for a few points just to illustrate how game play should look. Wow, was it WINDY!!! One side could barely get the ball to go over the net while the other side had to gently tap the ball to keep it from leaving Vigo County!
Interest has been expressed by the principal and her gym teacher at Woodrow Wilson as well as the gym teacher at West Vigo Middle School. Per comments from Ann Smith, she feels that getting help from the GTHPA for just two sessions should suffice. That should help with getting volunteers on our part.
If any of you are interested in helping in this way, please see or call Marcia. At Wilson, the next unit of pickleball being taught will begin on Monday, May 19. We realize this is the day after our May tournament so those who participate will likely be worn out from the three-day event. Still, we'd like to be able to provide a few helpers. Class times provided begin at 8:42 and 9:35am or 1:41 and 2:34 pm. Again, please see Marcia if you are interested at all in helping. It is required that all adults who volunteer in the VCSC have a limited history criminal history background check performed. Marcia has copies of those forms and will see that they get to the corporate office for processing.
This is just one form of community outreach conducted by members of the GTHPA. We will take part in more as the opportunities open up to us.