This is the time of year when lawn games come out for the duration of the summer – a time that offers more opportunities for outdoor physical activity. Badminton is a game that takes little time to set up and can be enjoyed by all ages.
This weekend there will be a more competitive opportunity for middle and high school kids to play beyond the backyard. The badminton championship, held at Pottstown Middle School, is jointly organized by Smashville USA, the Pottstown badminton club, and the Pennsylvania Badminton Association.
Admission to play is free and registration is open to middle and high school children of any school, as well as homeschooled children.
“We hope to engage school children who have an interest or a passion and give them a taste of the competition, delve further into the sport and train more to reach the next level,” said Eric Miller, Founder and Director of Smashville USA.
Smashville USA in Pottstown has been introducing children to the sport for years thanks to a grant from the US Badminton Education Foundation. As many as 1,000 kids have had the opportunity to play their lessons, and Smashville continues to grow its program by adding more schools, expanding the sport of racquets to even more kids.
“For four or five years, we’ve been coming to Pottstown High School to teach badminton in physical education,” Miller said. “We also attend Pine Forge Academy in Pottstown and Haverford Middle School on the Main Line.”
At the upcoming tournament, Miller is hoping for a large turnout from players given the wide net they have cast by welcoming schools outside of Pottstown, including those in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Spectators are cordially invited to watch the games from the stands.
Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the singles, doubles and mixed doubles games.
“We have trophies, cups and we may have some racquets for the individual winners and we may have some different small prizes like keychains and badminton books,” he said.
Justin Baker, Director of Extracurricular Activities at Pottstown High School, has also helped publicize the tournament, where spectators are welcome to attend and watch the games from the stands.
“We’re trying to generate more excitement about the sport and its programming,” Baker said. “It’s a tournament at the end of the school year, with all the schools that have been involved in their program participating.”
Baker said that Smashville’s physical education classes were well received.
“It seems the kids liked it and I got good feedback from the teachers,” he said.
Baker said the sport offered something new to many kids who might never have been exposed to badminton.
“Anytime you can offer more variety to your students, I find that very beneficial,” he said. “Something new can also be fascinating for a student and he may not even know if he likes it if he hasn’t tried it.”
A chance to compete for fun and prizes!
Hosted jointly by Smashville USA and the Pennsylvania Badminton Association
Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (approximate end time)
Pottstown Middle School, 600 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown
Free entry for players (anyone in middle school or high school) and spectators
For more information: TD@smashville.us
About Smashville USA
Smashville USA in Pottstown is a member-operated badminton facility. They offer free classes to children on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Advance reservation required.
To learn more, visit: www.smashville.us or email: email@example.com