Greenville Rotary is raising money for pickleball courts

The Rotary Club in Greenville, N.Y., is holding a 5K race on May 20 to raise money for pickleball courts in the town.

Pickleball518 is a race sponsor and is holding an online raffle to raise money for the courts. The raffle includes a total of $800 worth of pickleball fun including: an Elite pickleball paddle from Pickleball Galaxy, a membership to Legacy Pickleball, a $150 gift card to True Pickleball, two hours of court-time at Sportime and a free Upstate New York Pickleball clinic.

Greenville, which is located in Greene County just south of Albany County, has few options for pickleball players.

They can play pickleball on tennis courts in neighboring Rensselaerville, at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Greenville or chalk their own pickleball lines on the Greenville High School tennis courts.

When the Rotary Club posted a survey asking town residents what they wanted, pickleball courts was the most popular answer, said Cecile Plattner, of the Rotary Club

When the club learned that the town was also considering using COVID relief funds to build pickleball courts, they knew they had a project they could help launch.

“We are seeing our money as seed money to make sure the project reaches completion,” Plattner said.

The town is looking to put the courts – perhaps two or four – at George Vanderbilt Town Park.

About 75 runners have signed up for the May 20 5K, which starts at the town park at 9 a.m. An art studio tour by Community Partners of Greenville will leave the park at 11 a.m.

Direct donations to the pickleball fund can be mailed to Greenville Rotary, PO Box 591, Greenville NY 12083.

Pickleball518 will be raffling items at the race on Saturday, May 20. The online raffle will be open until Monday, May 22 at 8 a.m. The online raffle winners will be selected at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 22.