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Game On!

Recreational Sports Brings Sense of Community And Friendly Competition

Article by Sophie Brock

Photography by Photos courtesy of Life Time Fitness

Originally published in Brentwood Lifestyle

Teamwork makes the dream work, and in 2024, participating in recreational sports may be the key to achieving fitness goals. Not only that, but it’s a great way to build community among players. 

With sports such as pickleball currently being the No. 1 pastime, now’s a better time than ever to join in on the fun.

“As an adult, we were all kids, and most of us playing some sort of sport. We get older, and our lives are focused on our kids, or careers, or families and we sort of get lost in that world,” says Alisha Russell, pickleball lead pro and coordinator at Life Time Franklin. “And maybe even forget that we loved playing…something. So, no matter what it is, joining a sports league allows us to continue that level of competitive sportsmanship and gamesmanship that we learned so much from growing up.”

What most people don’t know, is just how easy it is to get involved with recreational sports and oftentimes assume the process will be hard and tedious. However, it’s just the opposite! Life Time offers a free intro clinic to pickleball to those wanting to try out rec sports and see if pickleball would be a good fit for them. Other recreational sports typically have difficulty levels and most rec centers will offer classes to help fine-tune any skills.

“I’ve made lifelong friendships and relationships through the sport of pickleball,” Alisha says. “I’ll forever be grateful for the positive things I’ve learned and the people that have been brought into my life. I hear this same sentiment over and over from so many people.”

2024 is the perfect time to seize the opportunity to try out a rec sports team. Who knows? You may end up meeting your new best friend on the court!


“I’ve made lifelong friendships and relationships through the sport of pickleball,” Alisha says.