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Pickleball tournament coming to Western New York

SANBORN – A new sports tournament is coming to Western New York.

The inaugural Western New York Pickleball Tournament will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 18 and 19 at Niagara County Community College. Event proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Pickleball is a racket sport that can be played by two or four players using paddles and specialized wiffle balls. The game originated in 1965 in Bainbridge Island, Wash.

“Pickleball has become the fastest growing sport in America, yet this exceptionally fun and unique activity seems to be a best kept secret around Western New York and we’d like to change that,” said tournament coordinator Jason Santerre.

Participants must pay a tournament fee and register by July 11. The tournament is free for spectators. For more information, contact Santerre at 803-5520 or