February 4, 2009

"Let the Games Begin! Play Pickleball!"

Michigan Senior Olympic
2009 Winter PICKLEBALL Games
Opening Ceremony
National Anthem Sung by Betty Jones
Singing Pickleball Pete's showtime friend, Betty Jones, lead the MSO 2009 Winter Pickleball Athletes in singing the National Anthem each morning at 8:00am. An upper level walking track encircles the OPC Courts. It was awesome to see the river of walkers on the track stop, face the Flag, and join us from above. (My friends on the walking track often tell me that they are watching me "from above"... And they know how very much I need those prayers!)

On the last morning of the MSO games, Men's Singles, I asked all of the players that served in the military to stand. I was overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude to our American Heroes. The largest community of pickleball players ever gathered in the State of Michigan, stood united in celebration of our American freedoms. What a luxurious way to say: "Let the Games begin! PLAY Pickleball!"
So the MI Pickleball Players fell in love with Betty Jones and she got a little sweet on us too. She wrote a pickleball song to the tune of "Oom Pah Pah" from Oliver. Betty brought us to our feet to honor the men and women that serve our Country... ... ... and she had us stomping our feet at the MSO Karaoke Pizza Party! Pickleball Lyrics By Betty Jones!