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Conway Recreation Center to host pickleball tournament this Saturday

Amanda Kinseth/Pickleball popularity is skyrocketing. This fun sport with a funny name has a tournament this Saturday in Conway.

It's a popular sport with a funny name and it's a growing trend along the Grand Strand.

The game is pickleball and it incorporates a court, paddles and a ball.

A a mixed doubles tournament is being held in Conway this weekend at the Conway Recreation Center at 9 a.m.

The sport started four and a half years ago at the Conway Recreation Center, and popularity skyrocketed.

"Really in the last year, we've seen it grow to where we started with one court, now we have four courts at least five days a week," said Foster Hughes with Conway Parks and Recreation. "When people walk in they always ask, what is pickleball?"

It's like a cross between ping pong and tennis, but the court is much smaller than a tennis court.

"And that's why I think it's so popular with the older generation," said avid pickleball player Fay Jamerson. "They can play like they're playing tennis but on a smaller scale."

But the competition is far from small, especially for Jamerson and her husband Charles.

They are playing in the pickleball tournament this Saturday.

One thing's for sure, pickleball is contagious and they've caught the bug.

There is dispute over where the game got it's name but it is said to be named after the creator's dog "Pickles."

However, the creator's wife attests she named the game after a pickle boat.

If you'd like to play, you can call 843-488-1950 by 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, or you have until midnight to register online at http://www.conwayparksandrecreation.com/recreationcenter.html

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