MPCC to host Johnson City's first pickleball tournament

The Johnson City Senior Foundation Inaugural Indoor Pickleball Tournament will be held Nov. 2-3 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Sponsorship revenue from the event will make this the Foundation’s signature fundraiser for 2018 and help provide outreach and program support in the community for those 50 and older.

Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., with more than 2.8 million players in 2017, a 12-percent increase over the past year, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. The tournament will make room for that expansion and offer novice, intermediate and advanced players a chance to test their skills in a competitive setting.

Participants will follow USA Pickleball Association rules through an individual round robin tournament the first day, and a men’s and women’s doubles tournament the next day. Players must be at least 18.

Date: Nov. 2-3
Registration: Begins Aug. 6 at MPCC from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. Register online beginning Aug. 12 at www.Active.com (search JCSC Foundation Pickleball Tournament. Administration charge applies).
Entry fees/deadline: $30 per person for one day; $45 per person for both days (limit 50). Deadline to enter is Oct. 24. Waivers and releases must be signed to participate. All entry fees are nonrefundable.
Packet pickup: Nov. 1, noon-8 p.m., MPCC, 510 Bert St.
Check in: 7:30 a.m. Start times included in packet.

Ty Petty, a Jonesborough resident and national pickleball champion, will conduct a demonstration and provide instruction at the MPCC gym on Nov. 1 from 6-7 p.m. Open court time will be available from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $5.

For information about sponsorship levels and how to obtain sponsorship forms, contact Frank Calderala at 423-747-9918 or fecvets1@live.com, or Senior Services Manager Deb Fogle at 423-434-6231.

Shop With a Cop Superhero 5K and Family Fun Run

The inaugural Shop With a Cop Superhero 5K and Family Fun Run is set for Nov. 10, and this event is not to be missed by big or little caped crusaders! Your mission: to save the day for children in need. All proceeds from the race will go toward the Johnson City Police Department’s Shop With a Cop program. Area children, selected from the Johnson City School System, are treated to dinner before a Police escort takes them to Walmart for a shopping spree. Each child’s family receives a food box, and if there are siblings in the home, they receive gifts as well.

“Spending time with these kids and being a small part of helping them to enjoy Christmas is the best feeling in the world,” said Officer Brittney Eberhardt. “They are so sweet. They can buy anything they want on the shopping spree, and most all of them end up buying presents for their family. We had the privilege of helping 61 children last year, and this year we hope to increase that to 70.”

Register today to take part in this super fun, superhero event. The whole family is invited to join in fighting villains along the route, in their pursuit of justice and Christmas cheer.

“It’s going to be unlike any other 5K in our area, and the kids will love it,” Brittney said. “And of course there’s the added bonus of knowing your registration fee is helping a local child.”


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