Twelve high school exchange students from Munich, Germany arrived in Aiken, SC on April 1, 2017, as part of the German American Partnership Program (GAPP). They are staying with host families who have students at Aiken High School. We were asked to introduce pickleball as one of the activities for the students while they are here.
A group of Pickledillys organized the April 3rd event. The German students, along with their American counterparts and members of the host families, came to Odell Weeks for a short talk and pickleball demo. Afterwards our players each teamed up with a student to teach them how to play. They jumped right in and embraced the sport! We then hosted a southern BBQ for everyone. During the social, each of the German students was presented with a paddle that Mo Garcia designed to commemorate the occasion and the GAPP program. Following the BBQ, the students returned to the gym and continued playing pickleball for another couple of hours!
We enjoyed this unique opportunity, not only to share our sport with younger people, but to promote good will and friendship between our countries while playing pickleball.
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