Northern Illinois Pickleball News

Pickleball Made Simple – Free Clinic for Adults

posted Aug 28, 2019, 7:13 AM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Aug 28, 2019, 7:14 AM ]
Glen Ellyn Park District is hosting a Free Adult Pickleball Clinic at Village Green Park on Saturday, September 21st.

Niles Park District Unveils Courts

posted Aug 28, 2019, 7:08 AM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Aug 28, 2019, 7:15 AM ]
One of the fastest growing sports in the country can be played for free at Kirk Lane Park. The Niles Park District unveiled two pickleball courts this month at Kirk Lane Park, Jonquil Terrace and Waukegan Road, to keep pace with increased demand for the popular sport. See the link for the article from
The Patch

Pickleball in Cook County Jail

posted Jul 31, 2019, 5:56 AM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Jul 31, 2019, 5:57 AM ]
Why A 72-Year-Old Man Started Teaching Pickleball In Prisons. See the article from WBUR

Outdoor Pickleball Courts Coming to Crystal Lake Park

posted Jul 30, 2019, 7:54 AM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Jul 30, 2019, 7:54 AM ]

The Crystal Lake Park District plans to transform two tennis courts at Spoerl Park into six pickleball courts. See the link for the article from The Patch.

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. 

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