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Sinnissippi Pickleball Court Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

posted Sep 20, 2010, 9:05 PM by Jenn Selchow   [ updated Apr 9, 2013, 3:13 AM by Northern Illinois Pickleball ]
by Sarah White
The day began with dark clouds and rumbles of thunder, but nothing would stop the crowds from attending the Sinnissippi Pickleball Court Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. 
By 11:00am, the courts had dried and the sun fought to shine. 
Under a tent provided by the Rockford Park District, Pickleball players, family, supporters, and people curious about the sport gathered to listen to words of dedication by Jay Sandine, Tyler Smith, and Rockford Pickleball Ambassador Shalda Nelson. 
Jay Sandine reiterated his belief that Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports and that the courts will give Rockford residents –both young and old—hours of healthy fun.  Tyler Smith spoke about how Pickleball appeals to tennis players as well.  Shalda Nelson thanked the hard work and efforts by Chuck Kurt and Jennifer Selchow.
The Rockford Park District graciously supplied cinnamon doughnuts and cider, as well as fried pickles with ranch and southwest ranch dipping sauces.  If you’ve never tried a fried pickle, then you are missing out on a delicious treat!  Such generosity was a strong showing of support for Pickleball and its players.
The park district also set up a table for NIP to display paddles, balls, paddle covers (plain and premium sports prints), Cheese Nips and Carmel Nips candies.
The ribbon was cut, and all six courts immediately filled up.  For hours, the sound of laughter gave evidence to why these Pickleball courts were so needed.  What had been two mostly unused tennis courts now came to life with people enjoying their sport, meeting new people, and improving their health.
Support for Northern Illinois Pickleball was strong, too, as many members wore their NIP athletic t-shirts in a variety of colors, ranging from red to purple to blue.
What had started as a day of rain ended with a rainbow of NIP players on the courts they worked so hard to secure.  Many thanks to the Rockford Park District and their continued help!