Local pickleball club formed

The Blair County Pickleball Club has announced its formation.

The club’s mission is to promote the game of pickleball, one of the nation’s fastest-growing sports.

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It is played with a paddle and a wiffle ball on 20×44 courts. It is currently played at the Hollidaysburg YMCA, Hamilton Park in Altoona, Garfield Park and the Gorilla Gym.

Joe DeLeo will serve as the club’s first president. Officers include Bob Yacobucci (vice president), Donna Reese (secretary) and Tom Riley (treasurer). Other board members are Rob Long, Sheila Roach and Neil Rudel.

The club currently offers online signup sheets and its goals are to help organize play with times and play locations for all levels and provide social functions. Clinics and instruction for beginners also will be available.

The club will hold an open house at Garfield Park from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 3 that will include games, prizes and refreshments and a public welcome at 5 p.m. The day will be capped by an exhibition of the area’s top players. In case of rain, the event will take place at the Gorilla Gym.

Admission is free, and the public is invited. To RSVP (by Sept. 28) or to get involved with the club, email



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