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USI students, older adults test their skills at Pickleball

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Pickleball has been around for years, but it's a game that's really catching on now, especially among retirees. 

They put their skills to the test at the University of Southern Indiana on Tuesday. 

About 50 USI students and older Evansville-area adults faced off in an intergenerational Pickleball tournament. It was a warm up to the Indiana State Games taking place in May.

"I think it's really great for the game of Pickleball because you know you're getting a lot of kids in here who are starting to get interested in it. It's going to be a lot of fun," Margie Singer told 14 News.  

The event was hosted by SWIRCA and More and was a chance for adults 50 and up to qualify for the National Senior Games in Pickleball and other sports.

Many of the events that make up the Indiana State Games will happen at USI, so organizers thought it made sense to bring students and some older athletes together on a Pickleball court.

"Definitely the connection between the younger students and the older population, working together learning new things and having fun together. Any time we can pull the generations, connect the generations, it's been a good day," said Dr. Katie Ehlman, USI's Assistant Professor of Gerontology.

Organizers hope they may be able to put together a similar event in the future. Both students and adults say they had a great time.

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