The Evergreen Pickleball Club presented a $1,000 check to EPRD on Thursday morning for a new defibrillator at the pickleball courts at Marshdale Park.
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The Evergreen Pickleball Club presented a $1,000 check to Evergreen Park & Recreation District Aug. 11 for a new defibrillator at the pickleball courts at Marshdale Park.
This fast-growing sport defies its stereotypes of being “just for old people.” The Evergreen Pickleball Club has installed courts at Evergreen Middle School, and EPRD offers lessons for all ages. Sarah German is an instructor and ambassador for the club.
“We continue to grow," she said. "This is the biggest growth I’ve seen."
German teaches beginners through EPRD, and her classes always have a waitlist. There are talks about coordinating an EPRD afterschool program for kids after so much success with summer camps.
Linda Jacobsen is the USA Pickleball ambassador for Evergreen, CO. She said the Evergreen Pickleball Club is a very busy group, and she sees the sport growing among all ages. Jacobsen teaches kids how to play the sport, and often gets a hard question from the kids: “Why are you all so old?”
The sport is friendly to bodies of all ages and skill levels, making it a fun choice for young and old alike.
Cory Vander Veen, executive director of EPRD, was at the courts to accept the check for the defibrillator, often referred to as an AED.
“This really means a lot,” Vander Veen said. “This is an amazing tool – having it in close proximity is really special.”
Evergreen Pickleball Club raised $1,000 for the defibrillator through its club members, and Evergreen Fire/Rescue donated the remaining $900 for the device. EPRD installed the device at the courts.
A member of EFR said that AEDs installed in Evergreen have been used to save the lives of five people since their installation.
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