On Sunday, August 5th the Pickleball Club was ambushed by a friendly, fun loving group of Bocce Club members. Over 40 Villagers from both clubs gathered at the Bocce courts for a “just for fun” Bocce tournament. The Bocce Club won 9 out of 10 games but everyone had a great time and made many new friends. Wonderful food and drink were provided by the Bocce Club. We appreciate all their hard work. Guess what? Next month the Bocce Club will be playing pickleball….maybe we can get even?????
The Pickleball/Bocce Exchange Tournament will take place on Sunday, September 9th at tennis courts 5 and 6 from 3-6pm. Hope members of both clubs will once again turn out for another fun event. If you are a member of either club and have not signed up you may do so on the Pickleball Club or Bocce Club websites. Please do so by August 30th. The event is free for all who participate. A big thank you goes to Bob Iacopi for organizing these tournaments!
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Naples Daily News (Florida)
When Chad Edwards and Simone Jardim uprooted their life in Michigan and moved to Naples two years ago, the husband and wife were betting on pickleball.
Edwards ran a baseball academy in East Lansing, while Jardim was the women’s tennis coach at Michigan State. But after playing in the 2016 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, the couple – already addicted to the sport – saw the game’s potential in Southwest Florida.
The bet paid off. Edwards and Jardim now run the academy at the largest pickleball facility in the country at East Naples Community Park. They’re at the forefront of helping the sport infuse with the DNA of Naples.
Update: The Tournaments and Training/Practice Schedules have been set:
Bocce/Pickleball Tournaments Composite Schedule
The first opportunity for bocce training is this Wednesday, June 20 at the monthly Bocce Clinic at 3:00. The next opportunity is June 29th for the Bocce Bootcamp at 2:00. Our third opportunity will be July 15th dedicated to pickleball players at 3:00 pm. I encourage everyone to attend one, two or all of these sessions! Bob will be there to provide any assistance required.
Good News! At the Club Board meeting on Tuesday, June 26th, the Board voted to complete the Studies required by The City of San Jose to construct dedicated pickleball courts. These include a Storm Water Drainage Study, a Sound Study and a Soil Study . These studies will cost approximately $50,000. The funding will be split between The Villages and the Evergreen Villages Foundation.
[Villager article by Terry Holmquist]
On a blistering hot day, thirty eight players turned out to heat up the courts even more.
The annual Spring Fling was held at 1:00 PM, June 3rd on the tennis courts. Audience and participants called it a resounding success. We had plenty of wonderful snacks with water and Gatorade to cool everyone down and supply the players with energy.