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Pickleball Tournament Raises Money For Sharing House – Connestee Falls NC


Pickleball tournament players raised more than $2,500 and two truckloads of winter clothes and blankets for Sharing House.

Recently, more than 30 players participated in a pickleball fundraiser at the Connestee Falls Pickleball facility. The event raised nearly $2,500 and two truckloads of warm winter clothes and blankets for Sharing House, a local ministry that provides food, clothing and assistance for neighbors in need.

Broad Street Wines donated a gift box of wine that was raffled off and won by Dennis and Rita Shardell.

Earlier this fall, the Connestee Falls Pickleball club hosted a tournament that was part of the 26th Annual CF Scholarship Fund Program. The Pickleball tournament raised about $9,000 of the more than $70,000 that will be used this year to provide college scholarships for Transylvania County High School students.

Pickleball players George Vickery, Eric Ostrec, Ron Kiviniemi and Buck Baker enjoy a competitive contest earlier this year at Connestee Falls, which has its own pickleball club. Older players plan to teach youth how to play this coming spring. (Courtesy photos)

The next Transylvania County Pickleball goal is to start a youth program at the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County. Grant funds from the U.S. Pickleball Association ( and local donors will supply nets, paddles, and balls. This spring, the Boys & Girls Club hopes to host an inter-generational event, allowing our Transylvania youth to learn, play and share this great sport with their parents, and grandparents.

Want to get involved? The Recreation Depart-ment in Transylvania County offers a few days of drop in play, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the mornings. They play indoors on the badminton courts in the gymnasium and the players hope soon to have official indoor and outdoor facilities.


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