PEG AND JOE O’TOOLE NAMED 2013 VOLUNTEERS OF YEAR
ATLANTA (October 22, 2013) – Peg and Joe O’Toole of Norcross is receiving the YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year award for their service at the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA in Peachtree Corners. Their work will be honored at the annual volunteer recognition dinner Monday, November 4, 2013.
The O’Tooles got the sport of pickleball started at the Fowler Y. Pickleball is a fun game that is played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball, similar to a whiffle ball, and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
There are 100 people, ranging in age from 18 to 82, now involved at the Fowler Y. Pickleball provides an environment where players interact, compete and have fun together, regardless of age or gender.
“The Y recognizes that older adults want and need programs to stay healthy, fit and active,” says Joe O’Toole. “We enjoy tennis and activities that offer cardio and strength training. We need to maintain our health, and a side benefit is we’ve made many new friends at the Y.”
Peg O’Toole likes spreading the word about pickleball. “A member who home schools her girls discovered pickleball is a great PE experience for her and her daughters,” she says. “And, a young player was so enthusiastic, he brought his mom along and now she is a regular player.”
“Joe and Peg have tremendous passion for the Y and their pickleball contribution is a great success,” says Mark Thornell, executive director of the Fowler Y. “They volunteered their time with a group of middle school students by teaching them the sport. We are proud to be listed in the USA Pickleball Association because of their efforts!”
The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and connect. Call 770-246-9622 or visit http://www.ymcaatlanta.org.