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By Mike Beckner
Our Pickledilly Donate Day last week was an unqualified success thanks wholly to your great generosity and unfailing enthusiasm. Yesterday morning I accompanied our leaders Nancy and Jim to transfer your donations to ACTS. Ms. Karen Perry, Operations Manager for ACTS, was very gracious in expressing her gratitude for your efforts on their behalf. The four heaping grocery carts (photos below) will go a long way in feeding local families who desperately need the support.
Thank you all again for your kindness, both on and off the court. You guys are the greatest! Hopefully this is just the beginning of a long tradition of the Pickledillys giving back to our community!
We are sorry to hear of the passing of one of our players, Charles "Gil" Mullins. An obituary can be found in the April 15 edition of the Aiken Standard. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Just a reminder that we list upcoming tournaments on the "Tournaments" page of this site, which is accessible via the main menu. If you know of an upcoming tournament, let us know and we will be glad to list it.
We welcome all winter visitors. If you have been rated in another state or locale, and you plan to be in Aiken for only a few months, please contact one of the player representatives for that level. (Contact information for the representatives cn be found on the "Contacft us" page of this website.) A representative will play a few games with you to determine if your rating is in line with our local levels.
Congratulations to Bill, Al, Bobbi, Dick, and Ray, our honored guests at Friday night's social. These five players are all 80+ years old. We are so proud of them and hope that we are all playing pickleball at 80. We wish you many more happy, healthy years.
We have been told by the city that some nets are not getting taken down after last play each day. It is imperative that ALL nets be taken down each day.
Please check the calendar to see if you are the last session for that day and if there is anyone playing on the court after you. If you are the last one in the gym and a net is still up that you did not use you MUST take it down. In addition, we have been advised that there have been days when we did not stop playing at the end of our provided time. We must stop on schedule and take nets down promptly.
Thanks to everyone for doing their part so we all can enjoy the gym.
Rasheka Gaines was recently named as the Recreation Program Supervisor at Odell Weeks, replacing Chrissey Miller. Rasheka has been employed at Odell Weeks by the City of Aiken Parks & Recreation for many years, so her face is familiar to many of us! Our pickleball players and our program will surely benefit under Rasheka's supervision. Congratulations, Rasheka!
All Odell Weeks players are encouraged to get a skill rating. These ratings are free, and are used to determine court distribution for court designation play.
To request a rating at the 1.0 - 3.5 levels, contact Diane Voss. For ratings at the 4.0 - 5.0 levels, contact Tony Quick or Mo Garcia. These individuals may be contacted by clicking on the "Contact us" option on the main menu of this website.