Ministry Spotlight

Pickle WHAT ?

That’s the response that is heard frequently when we list the regular activities that SAJE sponsors. Pickleball is a family game that resembles badminton that was born in a backyard near Seattle Washington, in 1965. The game is played on a badminton sized court, or 1/3 of the size of a tennis court, played in doubles, with a net that is ground up 36 inches, solid paddles, and a dense whiffle ball. I know that sounds a little strange, look at the pictures to further explain.   Coach Ruby Moss took up pickleball in the summer of 2012, and in 2 very short years, has gone on to win bronze, silver and even GOLD medals, at the Huntsman World Senior Games in her new favorite sport. At the sensational young age of 70, Ruby plays and teaches anyone that wants to learn the ways of the game every Monday morning at St Elizabeth’s of Hungry at 9:00AM.  The experience span is pretty huge, from Jim, 56; who started playing as a New Year’s resolution to be more active to Bob, 76 who has been playing for a year, who finds pickleball fun and competitive, after playing softball and volleyball into his mid 60’s.  Everyone that I spoke to said the same thing… ‘Ruby is a great teacher, ANY physical ability level can play pickleball, and you can play for 2 hours, and not be exhausted’.

Bob practicing Pickle Ball
Bob practicing Pickle Ball
Practice Game
Practice Game
Ruby giving a lesson
Ruby giving a lesson
Just a few of Coach Ruby's medals .....
Just a few of Coach Ruby’s medals …..
Coach Ruby Moss
Coach Ruby Moss