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Zullinger, Pa., club courts active lifestyle

Young at Heart Tennis Club welcomes members for games and fellowship

Young at Heart Tennis Club welcomes members for games and fellowship

February 28, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

ZULLINGER, Pa. - As ages go, Ron Myers at 64 is one of the younger members of the Young at Heart Tennis Club. Just ask his dad, who is 84.

"This is great for everyone, especially seniors," said Jack Myers as he and 15 tennis buffs spent two hours Monday getting exercise and having fun at The Tennis Club along Pa. 16 in Zullinger.

Every Monday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the club members gather for some serious tennis. Some wear elbow and knee braces, but most are quite limber and unencumbered.

Donn Ebberts, 67, has been a member of the Young at Heart club for about 10 years. Now a resident of Washington County, Ebberts had been playing in Frederick County so when he moved near Hagerstown, he began looking for someone to play tennis with.

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"I called the Hagerstown Tennis Club on the Cearfoss Pike, and they told me to call Jack Myers," Ebberts said.

Currently sidelined while recuperating from hip surgery, Ebberts is champing at the bit to get back out on the courts.

"It keeps you fit and alert," Ebberts said as he watched his pals with envy. "You see others this age in nursing homes ... this is great."

Myers said he has had a brain tumor removed and also had heart-bypass surgery when he was 78. As soon as he could, he was back to playing tennis after each of those events.

"I golf, I bowl, and my wife and I used to be dancers," Myers said. Retired from a career in sales at Martin's Furniture, Myers also sings in the choir at Williamsport United Methodist Church.

After each session, the tennis group meets at a nearby restaurant for lunch and to talk about current events, tell jokes and swap stories, Myers said.

"The friendships are great too," he said. And he would know since he has been playing tennis for 37 years.

About 16 regular players and 14 substitutes are in the tennis club, Myers said.

Membership is open to men and women. For more information on the club or how to join, call Myers at 301-797-9311 or 717-449-1752.

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