Two pickleball players stand ready to hit another ball. Photos courtesy of Emma Brand.
By Hayden Rensner
Pickleball, a sport that is described as a combination of tennis and table tennis, is one of Concordia’s new campus activities.
Pickleball is more active than table tennis, but the court is smaller than a regular tennis game. The game is played with paddles and a Wiffle ball, which gives it a unique spin.
Junior Emma Brand got the idea to start the club when she played pickleball in her Lifetime Wellness class. She enjoyed the class period so much that she formed the idea to turn the sport into an organized group on campus.
Brand partnered with sophomore Tim Oberdieck to start the group. Brand and Oberdieck then recruited Assistant Professor Aaron Nix, who serves as the club’s faculty advisor alongside student advisor Carrie Black.
“All credit to this lovely club goes to Emma,” Black said.
The pickleball players meeting every Sunday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at varying locations. The group gives students the chance to take a break from their studies in a fun and active way.
Students can follow the club on Instagram @CUNE_pickleball, or contact Emma Brand with any questions.