Pickleballers give to needy kids

Bikes and helmets were among the generous gifts donated by the club members; Photo by Dannie Cortez.

Even elves like Kelly McElroy snuck in some court time; Photo by Dannie Cortez.

ohn and Constance Angus were in charge of this upbeat event. Here they are with Santa, our guest of honor (Jim Miller); Photo by Dannie Cortez.

Pancho Epstein

Giving is what the holiday season is about.

And the PebbleCreek Pickleball Club gave Goodyear children more than 400 new toys (including nine two-wheel bikes) during its annual “Toys for Goodyear Kids” social. Admittance to the upbeat event was a minimum of one toy per person.

Said PebbleCreeker, club member and Goodyear City Councilor Wally Campbell, “Because of the generosity of the members of the PebbleCreek Pickleball Club, needy and homeless children of Goodyear will be given hope and encouragement that we care about our neighbors. Each toy donated will be delivered to a child who otherwise might not have any gift for Christmas. The impact of receiving these toys from our club members, for our community, is long lasting.”

The gifts for the Goodyear kids were picked-up for wrapping and distribution by the Goodyear Fire Department.

The social was held under cool, sunny skies, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on December 8, 2018. Members, many dressed in holiday attire, participated in both social and competitive play as seasonal music filled the air.

As usual, one of the keys to a successful pickleball social is not only the camaraderie but also the tasty food.

Pickleballers are hearty eaters.

Served was barbecue galore, which featured pulled pork and thickly sliced brisket, along with all the fixings including scalloped potatoes, baked beans, jalapenos, pickles, onions, two secret sauces and freshly baked buns. Additionally, there were drinks and if you had room, dessert and fresh fruit.

A surprise visit to the social was made by Santa Claus, himself (pickleballer Jim Miller wearing his real Santa beard). And whether players were naughty or nice, Kris Kringle posed for pictures with all who asked.

Our club wishes all Creekers a happy and healthy 2019.

And, we hope to see you at our major pickleball doubles tournament February 13-15, 2019, which showcases more than 550 players from the U.S.A. and Canada.