It’s possible you’ll not have heard of pickleball, however in Oklahoma Metropolis, it’s an enormous dill.
“It’s so much larger than Oklahoma Metropolis realizes and I really feel just like the Oklahoma Metropolis local people goes to proceed to develop,” mentioned Joe Wolf, GM of Hen N Pickle OKC.
So, it’s no shock that Hen N Pickle determined to open its latest location in OKC.
Whereas the restaurant/court docket complicated gained’t formally open for one more two weeks, they hosted round 70 opponents for a 2-day match final week.
“The competitors was completely fierce,” mentioned Linda Piatt, one of many opponents.
But in addition, very pleasant.
“The individuals are like the very best folks ever,” mentioned pickleball participant Marva Stroman.
If pickleball isn’t your bread and butter, consider it as a much less bodily demanding model of tennis with out sacrificing the enjoyable and competitors.
There are variations, like the center of the court docket being off limits to encourage extra volleys, together with paddles as a substitute of rackets.
“It’s simply extra enjoyable, as a result of you might have extra rallies, individuals are laughing extra actually because extra issues can occur when the ball’s in play longer,” mentioned Jack Oxler, Hen N Pickle Director of Pickleball.
Whereas it’s all enjoyable and video games on the court docket, the match advantages a really severe trigger. 100% of the proceeds go to Operation Underground Railroad, a corporation that saves youngsters from intercourse monitoring and exploitation.
“When you might have so many individuals concerned in a sport, I feel it’s vital that we come collectively to make a stand for group points and world points,” mentioned Juli Cowden, a member of the Larger Oklahoma Pickleball Membership.
The match is a part of Hen N Pickle’s Our Hearts Are Native program.
The Hen N Pickle courts are actually open for reservations. The restaurant opens January 25.