Strong start for new sport

Pickleball

Burt Angeli/The Daily News Vickie Stephenson, one of the organizers for the Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools adult pickleball program, demonstrates the game in the Iron Mountain Central School gym.

IRON MOUNTAIN — The opening session of the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools adult pickleball program drew a strong response.

Just over 30 people participated last week and enjoyed a morning of activity and meeting new people, according to organizers Vickie and Bill Stephenson.

“Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools did a great job making the (Iron Mountain Central) gym available, obtaining extra balls and paddles,” said Vicki Stephenson, noting the gym was set up using volleyball court lines.

Pickleball — a game for all ages and skills mixing the play of tennis, badminton and ping pong — will not be held today. Next date is Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at Iron Mountain Central School gym.

“No change will be made on the court setup,” Stephenson said.

The following week, pickleball activity will move to Iron Mountain East Elementary gym where three courts will be set up. Experienced players will play from 8 a.m. to 10; beginners from 10 a.m. to noon.

“We hope this arrangement will be an improvement over the existing layout and an improvement on the over-crowding we had on the very first day of play,” Stephenson said.