HOW IT ALL BEGAN
While the 2020 pandemic will be remembered for creating world turmoil and much grief, it also was the impetus for the birth of Pickleballers Serving Seniors (PSS). It was during the pandemic that a small group of pickleball players in The Villages were counting their blessings while discussing how incredibly blessed we were to live in such a beautiful community and be able to play the sport we love with our pickleball family.
The discussion turned to how others weren’t as fortunate in our community. Living in a 55-plus community, we talked about how there were many neighbors dealing with health issues who have lost their mobility or simply could use a helping hand at times to pick up groceries and prescriptions, could use a spiritual ear to chat, assistance with technology or possibly minor handyman chores around the house such as a widow with a broken sprinkler or perhaps a widower needing assistance to make funeral arrangements.
After discussing many options, we settled on the idea of helping seniors in need with everyday functions they could no longer handle on their own. Realizing that local churches provide a similar support to seniors in their congregations, we also knew there were many seniors in our community not being served. These neighbors would be our focus.
Because we all share the love of pickleball we wanted our organization to be an outreach by our pickleball family in The Villages. But our organization is open to anyone who wants to serve others regardless of whether they play Pickleball and regardless of where they live. We hope you will join us and share our vision.