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Local Pickleball Club Peddling Paddles for New Members (and Their Money)

As the scorching summer sun beats down, the Woodbridge Pickleball Club (WPC) is ready to serve up some pickleball action for new members in Prince William County.

"We're not a cult or anything, but we do want to spread the joy of pickleball to as many people as possible," said a club spokesperson. "And if they want to join and pay us money, even better!"

Pickleball, the fastest-growing (and most annoying, according to some polls) sport in the US, is a mix of tennis, ping pong, and a healthy dose of competitiveness. It has exploded in popularity during the COVID pandemic, as people look for new ways to burn off pent-up energy and frustration.

In March 2021, WPC was officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation by the Commonwealth of Virginia, which means more pickleball courts for everyone in the county.

"We love our 'pickleheads’ and their unique brand of enthusiasm," said Seth Hendler-Voss, the director of the county's Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. "I was even invited to the funeral of a 4.0 pickleball player who was buried with his paddle. Talk about dedication!"