"The ambassadors of the racket sport called pickleball are like pied pipers. They spread the word about their fun, competitive game with the silly name, and more and more Mainers are stepping in line to pick up the tune."
“I’ve been an ambassador for about eight months,” said Roland Gagne Jr., 75, of South Portland. “Each ambassador kind of has his own venue, keeps it running and makes sure new people are more than welcome. That’s a big part. No matter how (well) you play, you’re always welcome.
This weekend, Maine welcomes 350 pickleball enthusiasts from around the country for the Atlantic Regional Pickleball Tournament at the Portland Racket and Fitness Center. Competitors are coming from throughout the 13-state Atlantic region, as well as from Texas, Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Canada. Maine will be well represented with about 130 players, said Rocky Clark of Portland, regional director for the USA Pickleball Association, which is hosting the event.
Pickleball players descend on Portland - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram