Try pickleball – the new game with the funny name

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The Brigantine Community Education and Recreation is bringing pickleball to Brigantine. Pickleball, invented in 1965, incorporates aspects of tennis, badminton, and Wiffleball. All ages can play this very enjoyable game in groups of two or four players.

Pickleball instruction will be held 8-9 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 8 from at the Brigantine Beach Community Center, located at 265 42nd Street.

Lee Mendell, USTA Teaching Professional, will teach all ages the fundamentals that make a better player. The cost of this six-week program is $15 for an individual or $30 per family. A great family activity!

(Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the game is named after a cocker spaniel, Pickles, who loved to chase stray balls and hide them in the bushes.)

For additional information call the CER office at (609) 266-3323 or (609) 264-7350.

You can learn more about pickleball at, where there are videos of game play and schedules of upcoming tournaments across the U.S.

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