Minnesota Fulbright October Event – Pickleball

Minnesota Fulbright October Event – Pickleball
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Date(s) - 10/10/20
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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By their nature, Fulbrighters spend a lot of time sitting, reading, writing and discussing – now perhaps more than ever, due (thanks?) to the constraints of COVID-19. But instinctively, most of us realize that we need to recharge our reflections through physical recreation – ideally outside in the glory of nature, especially during Minnesota’s beautiful fall season and COVID’s particular threat on indoor gatherings.

Well, some of us have been playing outside regularly – 3-4 times a week – while social distancing and practicing strong hygiene ever since the shutdowns began in March. The outdoor game that more than 200 Twin Cities-area people have been playing this summer – without spreading a single case of COVID – is pickleball, the fastest-growing and easiest-to-play sport in America, with more than 3.5 million participants.

Now it’s your turn to learn how to play this fun and easy sport while getting outside to enjoy some safe exercise with Fulbright fellowship! And depending on the weather and number of participants, we’ll also have the opportunity to play tennis and one-wall handball alongside pickleball, all with social distancing and the best practices in ball hygiene.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Learning to play pickleball – plus tennis and handball, if you want.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 10 – “World Pickleball Day” – from 2:00 to about 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Clayland Park, 901 Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul – a four-block walk west of Hamline University or north of the MTC bus route 67 stop at Fairview and Minnehaha Ave.

WHO: Open to the first 20 Fulbrighters who RSVP to mdorsher@uwec.edu: Fulbright alumni, returning grantees and their adult or teenage family members. Sports taught by Fulbright MN Chapter board member Mike Dorsher, a 4.5 (out of 5.0) pickleball player, former tennis captain and over-60 handball champion.

WHY: Because our inside intellectual pursuits will go even better after we’ve had some safe outside fun and Fulbright fellowship.

COST: Nothing, except the cost of your transportation – note on your RSVP if you’re in need of a carpool ride. Balls, paddles, racquets and handball gloves will be provided; you only need to come in suitably warm workout clothes (even jeans are fine) and sneakers (no flip-flops!).

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