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Local Non-Profit Aims to Promote Exercise by Teaching Underprivileged Kids Pickleball

People playing pickleball (L) and an image of a pickleball paddle with two balls (R) (Photos: Wikipedia and OvertAnalyzer via Wikipedia)

May 19, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A local nonprofit wants to keep some of the borough’s underprivileged children in good health by promoting exercise via a new sport.

The Floating Hospital, a Long Island City-based organization that provides healthcare services to underserved communities, will soon be coaching some of the city’s homeless children how to play a unique racket sport.

The sport, called pickleball, is a cross between tennis, ping pong and badminton. It is growing in popularity because it is considered to be easy to play, and people of nearly all skill levels can participate.

Several healthcare educators who work at the Floating Hospital will learn the game themselves next Wednesday and, in turn, teach the children how to play. The non-profit serves nearly 5,000 children across the city who are homeless.

The healthcare educators will be coached by Dr. Rommie Maxey, the 2019 U.S. Open pickleball champion, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center — the home of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship — in Flushing Meadows.

The training session will coincide with the first New York City Pickleball Open, which will take place at the famed venue next week. Around 2,000 athletes are expected to take part in the tournament.

Pickleball involves hitting a wiffle ball over a net—and the game is for two of four players. A court looks like a small tennis court, although it is lined like a badminton court. Players use paddles that are slightly smaller than tennis racquets.

The overall aim of the pickleball initiative is to keep the children healthy and active by encouraging them to take up the sport.

“Outside of getting them fresh food, our number one challenge is providing young people with exercise options that are easy, free and fun,” said Sean T. Granahan, president of the Floating Hospital.

“Pickleball can do that in a fun, communal setting. It’s something kids can do together, pretty much anywhere.”

Children going through books at the Floating Hospital (Photo provided by VSK Public Relations)

The educators will hone their skills and then teach around 100 homeless children to play the game, according to the organization. They hope to teach more children the sport over time.

Richard Porter, president of InPickleball, a magazine dedicated to pickleball, said that young people can pick up the basic skills of the sport quite quickly.

“By showing these kids a simple way to better health, we can make meaningful progress toward health equity in New York.”

“Pickleball is about the things our world needs most today – health, joy and togetherness.”

Children at The Floating Hospital (Photo provided by VSK Public Relations)

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It’s against the law for just anyone to walk into a school

You neglected to mention the fruit and milk on the trays.

Doris
The lunch lady

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The fruit that is half rotten?

And the chocolate milk??? Srsly today was pizza when it should have been macaroni and cheese which I haven’t seen in nearly a year. But still. This morning was cereal and pancakes. Again. Notice a fatty pattern???

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finally the truth...

“By showing these kids a simple way to better health, we can make meaningful progress toward health equity in New York.”….so he admits that people choosing not to exercise is creating a health inequity….guess it’s not phony systemic racism….

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Smh

Yup. “Systemic racism” are buzzwords that liberals use to create division.

Ami Horowitz did a piece on this where he embarrassed self righteous liberals who thought obesity was a result of years of systemic racism.

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Imagine being offended by this 😂

Someone wants to teach kids homeless pickleball for free. Boomers rant about “creating a health inequity” and “phony systemic racism.” Gee wonder who’s blocking social progress…

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Why is the Radical Right obsessed with identity politics?

If you make it all the way to the second sentence you’ll learn this is for homeless children. Is that not PC enough for you? Last I checked homelessness doesn’t discriminate.

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Still praying at the ‘altar’ of idiocy at Fox News

Tammy ( Hashtagger) – Again with ethnic alias, posting handle pushing a racist agenda. 1- The article is quite clear on who is defined as “underprivileged”. “ The non-profit serves nearly 5,000 children across the city who are homeless.” Most homeless in NYC are non white but not exclusively non white. 2-Your disrespect to this publication and people who share comments on it needs to be brought out to the open and called out as sneaky mean spirited and flat out racist and inflammatory by admin. Disgusting.

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Imagine being offended by this 😂

It’s shocking how easily offended you are. Sorry what they wasn’t PC enough for you.

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Why are Trump lovers so sensitive?

According to the article, no it does not. There are words on this page that will explain it to you, you have to try reading them first though!

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Roy

Sure..first they take over their housing, turn their parks into dog runs and then say they are not fit and need to learn how to exercise.

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Well, Walk into a school sometime.

Free breakfast, free lunch and if the kids stay for after school, free second lunch at like 2:30. And these meals for the most part are not balanced.
Friday’s breakfast was pancakes and bagels. Together. Some kids got cereal, too!

The obesity comes from somewhere!

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