Northern Illinois Pickleball News

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Annual pickleball tournament draws in hundreds

posted Jul 8, 2019, 6:24 AM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Jul 11, 2019, 7:02 AM by Jenn Selchow ]

Winter Texas Border

posted Mar 22, 2019, 8:00 AM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Mar 22, 2019, 8:00 AM ]

Click here for an article from the New York Times

Former Illinois gymnastics champ finds a new passion—pickleball

posted Feb 15, 2019, 3:47 PM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Feb 15, 2019, 3:48 PM ]
As for where he gets his hard-working, never-give-up attitude, Rifkind attributes much of it to being the son of a Holocaust survivor. Click here for the complete article from the Jewish United Fund News.

Vernon Hills latest to catch pickleball fever

posted Nov 13, 2018, 9:11 AM by Jenn Selchow
Six outdoor courts opened in Vernon Hills. See the link to read the article from the Daily Herald.

Clinic in Winnebago

posted Oct 22, 2018, 6:32 AM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Oct 22, 2018, 6:40 AM ]

Pickleball Clinic - Monday, November 12th 
Location: Athletic Edge Sports Center, 104 Kasch Drive Winnebago, IL  61088
Cost: $25 paid the day of the event (cash or check)
Session #1: 9-10am  (8 person max) 
Session #2: 10:30-11:30am (8 person max)
Bonus:  Anyone registered for the clinic may also register for “Play with the Pros”.  This would be a private session to play with and against instructors while receiving instruction. 
Bonus Session: 12-1pm (6 person max) – Cost $20
Questions or to register: Contact Mike Shears: or  (815) 441-0880

Instruction by Gene Smyth, Mike Shears, and Jesse Sandoval
• Gene Smyth is a Gamma Sponsored Pro whose accomplishments include Silver at Men’s Senior Pro at prestigious Beer City Tournament, Gold at Great Lakes Regional and Silver at the US Open!!
• Jesse Sandoval is a Gamma Sponsored 5.0 player. He is resident of Winnebago and one of the top players in the Midwest and medaled in numerous 5.0 tourneys. 
• Mike Shears is a sponsored player for Pro Lite Sports whose accomplishments include Gold in Men’s 5.0 at Wisconsin Cup, 3 time Iowa State Games Champion and Silver in the State Games of America!!

Athletic Edge Sports Center

East Moline Neighbors Complain About Pickleball

posted Sep 18, 2018, 10:12 AM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 10:13 AM ]
Neighbors are complaining about potential noise from the sports complex pickleball court proposal at East Moline Christian school. Click here to read the article. 

Park Ridge Proposes Courts

posted Sep 18, 2018, 10:05 AM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 10:06 AM ] 
Six to eight courts are being proposed for Park Ridge. Click here to read the article from the Chicago Tribune.

Celebration for Pickleball Courts at Nike Sports Complex

posted Sep 7, 2018, 9:09 AM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Sep 7, 2018, 9:09 AM ]

Sept. 22 opening celebration for pickleball courts at Nike Sports Complex at DuPage River Sports Complex. See the article in the Chicago Tribune for full details.

Midwest’s largest pickleball tourney comes to Rockford

posted Apr 10, 2018, 11:13 AM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 11:13 AM ]

See the link to read the article from the Rockford Register Star.

Ping Pong on steroids at Challenge Fitness Center

posted Mar 28, 2018, 6:11 AM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Mar 28, 2018, 6:12 AM ],amp.html
Click here to read an article from the Chicago Tribune about the pickleball program in Lockport, Illinois. Stephen Soderborg has been working relentlessly to grow the sport. 

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