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Pickled to Play Pickleball

Our students here at South Providence have been learning the game of pickleball recently, so Coach Ligon decided to step up the competition. 

Pickleball started on a summer night in 1965 in Washington State. Created by Joel Pritchard, Barney McCallum, and Bill Bell to entertain their bored families, the game started with ping pong paddles, a wiffle ball, and a badminton court. The game evolved from there to the sport it is today. 

Coach Ligon brought in his pickleball partner Don Haney, who at 80 years old plays pickleball 3 days a week. The older duo made a formidable force to be reckoned with, but that didn't stop students from trying. Even Mr. Desse and Officer Gallagher got in on the game! 

"I know how to beat them now!" Mickey Leach, SPS middle school student, said as he watched a match. "I've watched them." Mickey and his teammate did go on to win their match, but it seemed a rare loss for Coach Ligon and Mr. Haney

No matter who won and who lost the match, all involved had fun with the friendly competition and had a good time. 


Coach Ligon and Mr. Haney


Noah and Officer Gallagher


Coach Ligon and Mr. Haney


De'Arius makes his play


Mr. Deese and De'Arius team up