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Brodies will host a two-day pickleball fundraiser

Once the Stanley Cup playoffs are over, Dresden’s TJ Brodie will swap his hockey stick for a pickleball racquet.

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Once the Stanley Cup playoffs are over, Dresden’s TJ Brodie will swap his hockey stick for a pickleball racquet.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman and his wife, Amber, will host a pickleball fundraising event July 22-23 at the Ken Houston Memorial Agricultural Center.

Proceeds from the barn rally will go to the Brodies’ Lighthouse Foundation, which helps those affected by cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis and also raises awareness about these diseases.

They want the event to bring the community together.

“Pickleball is a social but fairly competitive sport that people of all ages can play,” TJ and Amber said in a statement. “We are thrilled to introduce the sport to those who may have never played and to provide a fun and social tournament for pickleball players in the Chatham-Kent area.”

Friday, July 22’s schedule will include a free children’s clinic, a women’s play clinic and wine party, an all-ages clinic and a free play session. The tournament on Saturday July 23 will include men’s, women’s and mixed divisions.

Cameron Taylor of the Taylored Pickleball Academy will lead the clinics and run the tournaments. Visit tayloredpickleballacademy.ca to register.

Taylor will also hold more clinics in Chatham in the days leading up to the rally at the barn. A timetable has not been announced.

The Chatham-Kent Pickleball Club will begin its outdoor season on Saturday May 14 at the Doug Allin Tennis Courts next to John McGregor High School.

The Spring Games will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for adult members and from 11 a.m. to noon for members’ children and grandchildren.

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Free games will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A social event will be held on the second Thursday of each month from May to August.

The summer season begins in July with daily games on the Doug Allin courts.

Visit ckpickleball.com or contact [email protected] for club information and registration. Membership fees are $35 for adults and $28 for players 65 and older.

Contact Jay Salisbury at 226-626-1956 or [email protected] for more information on lessons for new and experienced players.

The WISH Center offers walk-in pickleball Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each session costs $5. Pickleball membership at the center (519-354-5248) costs $30 per month.

St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex offers walk-in pickleball lessons Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. Go to stclaircollege.ca/healthplex for membership rates.

The Pain Court Pickleball Group plays pickup games almost every morning between 8am and noon on the courts next to Pain Court Secondary School. Contact Doug McNally at [email protected] or visit the band’s Facebook page for more details.

The Tilbury Pickleball Group plays Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. on the tennis courts at Tilbury Memorial Arena. Fees are $3 per day or $25 for the season. Call Nancy Graham at 519-401-0489 or Alvin Malott at 519-360-6757.