The game of pickleball has been a big influence on Topekan Eldonna Coats.
An enthusiast of the sport, she met her husband playing pickleball and chose to purchase a house based on the pickleball-friendly driveway it had.
Michael Coats and his wife Eldonna met while traveling to a pickleball tournament in Kansas City. Michael was playing mixed doubles with Eldonna’s female partner and Eldonna was playing mixed doubles with Michael’s men’s partner.
The two began dating and playing in tournaments together. In 2010, after they won a tournament for the second year in a row in the 50 plus games of Greater Kansas City, Michael proposed to Eldonna.
They married on November 6, 2010.
“Pickleball has been very good to us,” Michael said.
“It changed my life,” Coats said. “It’s addicting. I’m very addicted.”
Coats, who has been playing the sport for about five years, was on hand at Hughes Play-For-All-Park near S.W. 8th and Orleans for the grand opening celebration of a 10-court pickleball complex.
Previously tennis courts, half of the courts were repurposed for pickleball.