The Benefits of Pickleball

In the past, I’ve talked about the benefits of pickleball as a physical activity which promotes health and well-being. In this article, I am writing about the benefits of the social relationships which have been formed through pickleball. The interaction of friendships through the pickleball connection is continually a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable experience. During my four years living in Oakmont, many of my most memorable and happiest times are spent with friends who were established through the pickleball connection. This connection is an excellent opportunity for social relations which provide support and caring during good and bad times.

Recently my wife, Ellie, who plays pickleball, got sick which laid her up for almost a month. Almost immediately upon hearing about her illness friends came to her rescue by offering whatever support she needed such as food, flowers, transportation, and encouragement. There is no question in my mind (as research has demonstrated) that this support increased her ability to recover.

Pickleball is the reason that many of us have formed new relationships since moving to Oakmont. It never ceases to amaze me how the sport encourages friendly, cheerful and positive behavior.

To quote Dr. William Glasser: “Relationships are the cornerstone of our happiness, and efforts to build and maintain positive social relationships light the way to our happiness and the happiness of others.”

If you agree with this you should also feel blessed. Yes, pickleball truly makes us happy.



WHERE: East Rec. Center lower courts, Courts #1 and #4.

WHEN: New players (strictly beginners) Introduction to Pickleball and Coached Play (for beginners & novices), Tuesday from 9:00 – 10 a.m.

ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles.

EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for introduction and coached play. These balls and paddles are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball Courts.

NEW PLAYER CONTACT: Pauly Uhr,, 707-984-4186, and/or Nancy Lande,, 707-978-2998


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