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Pickleball Craze Captivates Celebrities and Citizens Alike

Oh, the pickleball pandemonium is upon us, my friends! It’s the sport that’s sweeping the nation faster than a cat video on the internet. With over eight million players getting their dink on in the U.S. and numbers doubling like rabbits every couple of years, it’s no wonder everyone’s talking about it. And by everyone, I mean from your next-door neighbor to that reality TV star you follow religiously.

For the uninitiated, pickleball is like the lovechild of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. It’s a generational mashup that’s got everyone from Gen Z to Boomers hooked. And guess who else is catching the fever? Celebrities! That’s right, we’ve seen everyone from Justin Bieber to Emma Watson, and even Ellen DeGeneres wielding a paddle like it’s a lightsaber.

Now, let’s not forget about our friends across the Pacific. In the Philippines, the sport’s celebrity roster is a bit shorter but no less impressive, with the Zobel de Ayala family leading the charge. And if you’re wondering whether your local village has caught the bug, I can confirm that pickleball is indeed popping up in neighborhoods far and wide.

Speaking of celebrity involvement, let’s chat about Wency Cornejo, the singer with pipes of gold and a silver medal in pickleball to boot. This guy is not just serenading fans; he’s serving up a storm on the court. He and his partner Allan Hermano are taking home medals and planning to bring a little star power to the sport with a celebrity tournament. That’s right, folks – celebrities and pickleball, a match made in heaven.

When I caught up with Wency, he was all about spreading the pickleball gospel. After being coaxed onto the court by a persistent tennis pal, he was hooked faster than you can say “kitchen line.” What’s the secret sauce? Pickleball is easy to pick up but tough to master, and that challenge is like catnip for competitive spirits.

But Wency isn’t just playing for kicks; he’s got a heart of gold too. He’s been instrumental in setting up courts at the Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), thanks to foresight from chairman Rommel “Abe” Abesamis and support from Congressman Onyx Crisologo. And guess who they tapped as director of these shiny new courts? None other than Wency himself. The VMMC-UHTPC is about to become the hottest spot in town with top-notch facilities.

Now, let’s dish on which celebs are getting their pickle on. Dyan Castillejo and Tirso Cruz III are already in on the action, and Wency’s got plans to grow that list exponentially. He’s got his sights set on racquet-sport aficionados like Piolo Pascual and the Legazpi brothers, who are likely to be naturals on the pickleball court.

The grand plan? A celebrity exhibition match to showcase the sport and get more folks interested. And let me tell you, there’s nothing like a bit of celebrity romance or a juicy celebrity scandal to draw in the crowds. But it’s not just about the famous faces; Wency wants to welcome everyone to try their hand at this addictively fun game.

So if you’re itching to give pickleball a whirl or just want to rub elbows with some stars while getting your sweat on, reach out to coach Lorena. Who knows? You might just find yourself sharing a court with a reality TV star or two. And remember, whether you’re aiming for a slam dunk or just hoping to avoid hitting it into the net, pickleball is here to stay – so why not join in on the fun?

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