Pickleball Pete loves pickleball! He plays all the time and works hard to get better. There are three other animal players in the game. Dexter the Dog plays to win. Karina the Kangaroo likes to meet new people. Betty the Bear wants to try a new hobby.
The story accounts characters playing a pickleball game, how they act towards one another, and problems that arise. It illustrates how one player’s competitive, mean behavior can ruin the game for everyone. Pickleball Pete explains how sports are supposed to be fun and winning isn’t everything.
Pickleball Pete: A Tale of Good Sportsmanship was inspired by the author watching “adults behaving badly” on the pickleball court. Good sportsmanship, kindness, and other social skills seem to be on the decline today. The story of Pickleball Pete serves as a resource for teachers, counselors, and parents to start a conversation with children about these seemingly neglected qualities.