Honoring Our Heroes: City of Glendale Presents Pickleball for Combat Veterans

Glendale, CA – The City of Glendale Community Services & Parks Department is proud to announce an exciting event, “Pickleball for Combat Veterans,” which will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2024. This event aims to introduce combat veterans to the exhilarating sport of pickleball and provide them with a new avenue for camaraderie and recreation.

Since 2013, the Community Services & Parks Department has actively embraced the pickleball community, offering various locations within the city for enthusiasts to enjoy the sport. This event is a testament to the city’s dedication to providing opportunities for veterans to engage in activities that promote physical and mental well-being.

On June 8, volunteers from Glendale Pickleball, a passionate group of pickleball enthusiasts, will conduct a demonstration of the sport specifically tailored for combat veterans. The goal is to introduce them to the game and create a space where they can come together, share experiences, and forge new connections. Pickleball, known as the fastest growing sport in the country, offers a unique blend of excitement and camaraderie that combat veterans can truly appreciate.

During the event, volunteers will provide informative demonstrations, showcasing the rules, techniques, and strategies of pickleball. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at the sport, guided by experienced players who will be on hand to offer guidance and support. Additionally, volunteers will provide valuable information on how combat veterans can find pickleball locations closer to their homes, ensuring they can continue to enjoy the sport long after the event concludes.

Pickleball is a dynamic and inclusive sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It is played on a badminton-sized court, both indoors and outdoors, with a modified tennis net. The game is played with a paddle, usually made of wood or composite materials, and a plastic ball with holes. One of the great advantages of pickleball is its versatility, as it can be played in both doubles and singles formats, accommodating players of all ages and skill levels.

The Pickleball for Combat Veterans event will take place at the Pacific Community Center & Park, located at 501 S. Pacific Ave. Glendale, CA 91204. The event will run from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, providing ample time for participants to immerse themselves in the sport and connect with fellow combat veterans.

For any inquiries regarding the event, please feel free to reach out to us via email at If you have questions about the pickleball program at the park or any other programs available at the Pacific Community Center & Park, please don’t hesitate to call (818) 548-4098.

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Written by Billy Pickles

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