When more than 2,000 attendees gather at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at 10 a.m. on May 25 to compete in the inaugural Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) New York Open, 24 health educators from The Floating Hospital will be on site to learn the game and try to teach it to the less fortunate children they help. The educators hope this will help make a difference in the children’s lives. Health educators will be guided by kinesiologist and 2019 US Open pickleball champion Dr. Rommie Maxey.
The APP New York City Open session will kick off with a continuing education program for health educators to teach pickleball at the Floating Hospital’s Rise Up Camp for Homeless Youth in August. Camp Rise Up offers an immersive health education intervention and provides homeless youth with a safe space to learn about life. Pickleball will be added to the list of trust and team-building activities that campers participate in during their week on campus in Upstate New York.
Pickleball has grown in popularity in New York in recent years. This is largely due to many people turning to sports as a versatile outlet for exercise and entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enthusiasts have created courts in their backyards, driveways, parking lots, and even living rooms. All they needed to play was a net, chalk for the lines, a whistle ball, paddles and sneakers.
“In addition to providing young people with fresh food, our number one challenge is to provide them with easy, free and fun exercise options,” said Floating Hospital President Sean T. Granahan. “Pickleball can do it in a fun, community setting. It’s something kids can do together, just about anywhere.
The sport has grown in popularity enough to have its own magazine, InPickleball. His numbers celebrate travel and play pickleball in wonderful destinations. He also recommends readers attend the New York Open. InPickleball is dedicated to expanding the community and social experience around the game while emphasizing the inclusion of the game and the joy of those who play it.
“Pickleball is about the things our world needs most today – health, joy and unity,” said InPickleball President Richard Porter. “The game is growing so much because it’s fun and inclusive. People of all ages and abilities can enjoy it right away and learn basic skills quickly. By showing these kids a simple way to be healthier, we we can make meaningful progress toward health equity in New York.
Founded in 1866, The Floating Hospital is one of New York’s oldest child-focused healthcare charities. They provide related education to families, engaging children as agents of change for healthier habits.
Through its health education program, children learn the benefits of exercise and nutrition that can help them avoid the health problems inherent in living in poverty. The floating hospital conducts outreach to 95% of family homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters in the city, with 38% of the clinic’s patients being children.
The Floating Hospital provides unrestricted high quality medical, dental and mental health care and related education to New Yorkers, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion, immigration status or insurance or their ability to pay. Many of their patients live in poverty or are homeless. The flagship clinic now serves 30,000 patients in all five boroughs from its modern clinic in Long Island City.