The YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase hosted a full day of pickleball activities Monday including clinics and a round robin. The day was capped off by an evening exhibition featuring the world’s top-ranked pickleball player, Ben Johns, and his brother Collin. The brothers, who grew up in Laytonsville, are the number one ranked doubles team in the world.
#Pickleball exhibition at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA featuring the world’s #1 player Ben Johns and his brother Collin (who form the world’s best doubles team) from Laytonsville. pic.twitter.com/c9N7W49H55
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Over 200 people attended the free exhibition at the YMCA located on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. An autographed paddle autographed by Ben Johns was auctioned off for $475 which will pay for two kids to attend the Y’s summer camp. An additional $1000 was donated meaning that seven kids will go to camp that ordinarily would not have.
Pickleball has been called the fastest growing sport in the United States. Here’s a rally from the exhibition that shows the rat-a-tat nature of the sport that places an emphasis on quick reflexes.
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