Pickle Ball News
Leurene Hildenbrand of Marlboro Township with the gym manager Marvin the gym manager in Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras.
Leurene Hildenbrand of Marlboro Township, known as "Wonder Woman" for her prowess in 17 sports in the Senior Olympics, recently went to Honduras to teach people there the sport of pickleball.
Mrs. Hildenbrand, 85, went with the Central American Medical Outreach program, based in Orrville, to Honduras in early November. CAMO is a non-denominational, Christian-based, humanitarian organization that brings life-saving medical services, education and community development to Central America. Representing the National Pickleball Association, Mrs. Hildenbrand brought that organization’s latest outreach of "Places to Play Pickleball" to Santa Rosa de Copán, where the only gymnasium in Western Honduras is located. Under her direction, the gym manager taped off three courts. Mrs. Hildenbrand took two nets, while CAMO brought one. Mrs. Hildenbrand told The Hartville News that Marvin, the gym manager, loved the game and took ownership immediately. Another American, Ron Taggart of Stow, who speaks Spanish fluently, accompanied the group. A local interpreter worked with Mrs. Hildenbrand as she taught groups of local residents how to play the game.
"These people were so happy to learn the rules and play the game," said Mrs. Hildenbrand. "They just loved it. It was a wonderful trip!"