Inaugural pickleball tournament takes off

A special multi-day pickleball tournament will be held on Bainbridge through Sunday, Aug. 25 at Bainbridge High School.

Presented by the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum as one of their major fundraisers for 2019, the Bainbridge Island Founders Tournament is expected to draw participants from across the Pacific Northwest, the museum’s executive director Brianna Kosowitz said.

“It is long overdue for our community to offer a tournament,” Kosowitz said. “After all, this is where the sport was invented in the summer of 1965, by three enterprising individuals: Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum.

“Joel and Bill have passed but Barney is still a very important part of this community and we look forward to working with him and the local pickleball group as the tournament takes shape,” she added.

Play will be sanctioned by the National Pickleball Association and held at BHS, where six tennis courts have been temporarily re-striped to create 18 pickleball courts.

To learn more, visit www.pickleballtournaments.com or the “Upcoming Events” section under the “Events” tab at www.bainbridgehistory.org.

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