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Pickleball In Burma

January 17, 2019

Pauline Frank is a pickleball player who resides in the state of Idaho with her husband Robb.  Every year they travel to Burma to help at schools and the children with activities, they work with the kids on several levels such as exercises, learning English, gardening and more.  The school kids are poor, don't own much in the way of material things and are at the school from dawn to dusk.  

 

This year Pauline wanted to teach them pickleball and reached out to her friend and USAPA ambassador Hope Ayres asking for help in getting used paddles, balls and nets.  Hope announced the need on the USAPA Ambassador's forum on Facebook and my wife Susan and I responded by sending 12 new paddles, 3 dozen balls and helped with the cost of 2 nets with Hope Ayres.

 

Following is a note from Pauline as she is now in

Burma: 

 

'The boys absolutely love Pickleball! As you can see the boys are poor and do not have tennis shoes. They don’t care, they play barefooted or in their flip flops. They are wearing their common attire which is called a longyi. 

 

This has been the best way to teach them English. The number one rule is English only on the courts. They are so excited and so grateful!'

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