New pickleball court unveiled at Emma Willard

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Emma Willard School unveiled its new pickleball courts to embrace the fast-rising sport.

The 200-year-old school becomes the first in the Capital Region to have dedicated pickleball courts.

Pickleball is a slightly different version of tennis and is expected to grow to more than 8 million players by 2018.

“I think the beauty of it being different from tennis is that it’s easier to learn,” Shelley Maher, Dean of Students and Well-Being, said. “The girl’s can pick up a paddle and learn to hit the ball pretty quickly. In tennis, you have to be a little more depth and a little more skillful. You’ll see these girls are playing for the second or third time and their able to do it successfully, so it’s quick success which means they can be happy and enjoy their time.”

The Emma Willard School offers the sport year-round during physical education classes and weekend recreational activities.

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