Sports Switch Up

Pickleball powers tennis foundation fundraising

Pickleball anyone?

Scots tennis players traded in their rackets for paddles this fall to take on each other and members of the community in the increasingly popular sport.

A pickleball tournament on Nov. 11 at Williams Park in University Park served as a fundraiser for the HPHS Tennis Team Legacy Foundation. Players paid $100 per two-person team to compete for prizes.

A Park Cities People freelance contributor described the sport this way several years ago: 

“Pickleball is a fusion of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It is played in singles or doubles formation on indoor and outdoor badminton-sized courts, as well as on tennis courts that are modified to include boundary lines specific to pickleball. Using small wooden or plastic racquets, players volley a whiffle-type ball across a net.”

The November tournament included two brackets based on skill levels and drew sponsorship from Strech Zone,  North Dallas Pickleball, and Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The BCG Dallas office has a strong pickleball club, tournament organizers said. 

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William Taylor

William Taylor, editor of Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People, shares a name and a birthday with his dad and a love for community journalism with his colleagues at People Newspapers. He joined the staff in 2016 after more than 25 years working for daily newspapers in such places as Alexandria, Louisiana; Baton Rouge; McKinney; San Angelo; and Sherman, though not in anywhere near that order. A city manager once told him that “city government is the best government” because of its potential to improve the lives of its residents. William still enjoys covering municipal government and many other topics. Follow him on Twitter @Seminarydropout. He apologizes in advance to the Joneses for any angry Tweets that might slip out about the Dallas Cowboys during the NFL season. You also can reach him at For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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