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Crew sets up pickleball courts for Missouri State Senior Games

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 5:58 p.m. CDT; updated 12:30 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Volunteers use colored tape to fit two pickleball courts into a tennis court at Cosmo Park on Wednesday morning. The Missouri State Senior Games begin Thursday, and the Show-Me State Games begin Friday.

COLUMBIA — A crew of five arrived at the Cosmopolitan Park tennis courts early Wednesday to get the courts ready for pickleball, one of the many events that will take place during the Missouri State Senior Games.

The crew worked carefully to place tape straight and in the right dimensions for regulation-sized courts.

"Pickleball is like playing tennis but with a wiffle ball and paddle," said Rich Geenen, commissioner of the pickleball competitions for the Missouri State Senior Games and Show-Me State Games.

The sport has seen tremendous growth in Columbia during the past five years, according to previous Missourian reporting. And the Columbia City Council has voted to build four to six new pickleball courts at Albert-Oakland Park to replace the two sand volleyball courts.

Pickleball competition begins Thursday for the state games. In addition to pickleball, the Missouri State Senior Games will feature a host of other competitions, including bowling, archery and basketball.

Supervising editor is Brian Kratzer.


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