Welcome to the First Annual 2021 Orofino Pickleball Tournament!

The tennis courts hosted its first pickleball clinic on July 29, Friday evening and its first pickleball tournament on July 30, Saturday.

The 2021 Orofino Pickleball Tournament organizers, Shannon and Gio Carducci, are donating all the proceeds to help support the Orofino High School Tennis Program.

Dr. Colin Fehr, former collegiate tennis player himself, sports psychologist professor at Lewis Clark State College, coached a free pickleball clinic Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the tennis courts. The two hours were filled with excellent drills, which kept all the participants active and wanting more.

The Carduccis and the high school tennis coaches, Lupé Sims and John Hughes were excited to see the number of pickleball and tennis enthusiasts travel to Orofino to play and compete in the pickleball tournament.

Approximately 30 players plus began play at 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The heat did not keep these competitors from enjoying the opportunity of challenging each other to varying levels of ability play. Players traveled from Lewiston, Moscow, Pullman, Lapwai, Arizona and Orofino.

Awards were given out to the doubles teams who placed first, second, third, and fourth place.

Selkirk was the sponsor of the tournament donating the awards: pickleball paddles and whiffle balls, mugs and, of course, jars of Vlassic Pickles. The tournament raised a total of $700 dollars.

“Players were very generous with their donations in addition to their player fees and often commenting how surprised they were to know that Orofino had a high school tennis program,” Shannon and Gio remarked. On behalf of the Orofino High School Tennis Program, we appreciate Shannon and Gio Carducci for their loyalty and commitment to help support our high school student tennis players.

Our tennis program continues to grow, offering students positive opportunities to participate and develop leadership and athletic skills. Go Maniacs!

Pickleball and Tennis will continue to bring our community opportunities to get out and move and have fun for all ages. Whether you have a tennis racquet or a pickleball paddle, come out and join us.

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