The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department will be hosting a free pickleball clinic in April to introduce the sport to a greater Aiken audience.
The clinic will be held at Eustis Park, located at 1001 Edgefield Ave. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 6.
The first 20 people to register for the clinic will receive free pickleball supplies, including a paddle and ball.
Pickleball is a sport similar to tennis and involves hitting a ball back and forth over a net with paddles. However, pickleball is held on a much smaller court, and the serve is always underhanded, which places much less stress on a player's shoulder.
"The smaller court makes it much easier for people of all skill and health levels to enjoy the game," said City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department Recreation Program Coordinator Stephanie Safford.
Pickleball is becoming an increasingly popular sport, mostly due to the low level of athletic intensity involved. It is especially appealing to seniors and those who are looking for some light, easy exercise.
"The forward-and-backward movement during the game is less than that involved with tennis, which in turn places less stress on the knees and ankles," Safford said. "The light weight whiffle ball-like ball and paddle not having strings keeps the intensity low and minimal stress on the tendons and muscles of the arms."
Like with any sport, warming up beforehand is still important. Safford also said appropriate footwear, like tennis shoes, should be worn on the court.
To register, or for more information, contact the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department at 803-642-7646 or visit cityofaikensc.gov.