LINCOLNTON – On any given day at Betty Ross Park in Lincolnton, either outside or in the gym, Lincoln County residents gather to play pickleball. A relatively new sport, pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It’s played on a badminton-sized court using a modified tennis net with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.

Approximately five years ago, Danny McGinnis, a lifelong Lincolnton resident, was playing badminton at Betty Ross Park with friends. When they were through, one of the players suggested to McGinnis that they play a game of pickleball.

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