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24-hour “paddle” marathon in Fairfield benefits fight against hunger
10-19-2014
Viking T22

Fairfield, CT
For 24 hours , 150 people took turns playing paddle tennis in Fairfield. It all started at 6 p.m. Friday, and just wrapped up ...

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Originally on WTNH

For 24 hours , 150 people took turns playing paddle tennis in Fairfield. It all started at 6 p.m. Friday, and just wrapped up on Saturday evening.

“It’s a 24-hour paddle marathon,” said David Amendola. “One of the courts is going behind me and we started at 6 last night.

The goal of the fourth annual paddle against hunger is to raise money. Each player donates at least $100 for every hour of play. When all is said and done, the money goes to the Bridgeport rescue mission, an organization that helps the homeless.

“We provide 500,000 meals a year and this time of year as we are gearing up for thanksgiving when we provide 3,000 families with meals it’s so important we have the financial resources in order to meet the needs,” said Linda Casey of Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

“It’s played only in the cold weather. the balls are completely different, they are not racquet they are paddles. it’s kind of a combination of squash, racquet ball and tennis melded into the same sport,” said Joe Murphy, the co-founder of Paddle Against Hunger.

“Usually it’s tennis players who transition to paddle in the winter months as a way to keep their racket skills sharp and enjoy a tennis-like game,” said Michael Stern of Fairfield.

Last year, the event raised $37,000. This year, the goal is $50,000. The donations are greatly appreciated by the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

And these players are happy to help.

“It’s a great thing to do on a lot of levels. great cause, great game and certainly raising money for folks in Bridgeport is a great thing for us to give back to the community through the game of paddle,” Stern said.



 

 


 
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