Pickleball Highlighted At State Games In Omaha

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It's part racquetball, part badminton, part ping pong and part tennis-- it's pickleball.

It's also the fastest growing senior sport. Played in both singles and doubles, athletes use a ball, like a wiffle ball, to play a game similar to ping pong on a shorter tennis court.

For director Bill Holt, it's a huge opportunity for the sport to take a national stage.

"I think it’s going to be a good tournament, a good event for Omaha, and we look forward to continued growth here in Omaha, too," Holt said.

Part of that growth, is Judy Gottsch. At 75 years old, she picked up the sport just three years ago-- since golf was just too slow.

"It’s fun," she said. "It’s kind of an addictive sport. Once you get into it you kind of want to just play, play."

And play she will. Taking on a few doubles matches, Gottsch will be competing in a younger age division.

"Makes you step up your game cause you want to be competitive you don’t want to get out there and look like an idiot," she said.

And since one of her partners is also younger, she's working to play to the best of her ability. For her, it isn't about winning or losing, she has a bigger goal.

"You want to play good, you don’t want to let your partner down," she said.

The pickleball portion of the State Games is at Miracle Hills Golf and Tennis Center. Play starts Friday, July 31 at 8 a.m.