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Badminton History in RTP...Saturday April 19, 11 until? NO CHARGE

From: Paul
Sent on: Friday, April 4, 2014 9:14 AM
From Sandeep Kalelkar:   See additional notes on the bottom

Google 'Pepsico Fitness center' for the address right beside the Duke West Campus

"Hello everyone,

As you are aware, April 2014 is the final month of badminton play at Duke Center for Living (DCL).  Badminton has been an offering at DCL for nearly 20 years and the familiar green mat court we have been playing on was installed in 1996.  A great many people, players, enthusiasts contributed in so many ways to making badminton a fun activity at DCL, and not merely for the players, as the workout audience will tell you!  Starting from a fledgling group of maybe four players on any given night, it was not unusual to have to wait two entire games on some nights in the early 2000s.  The DCL group served as the crucible for so many of the other facilities that have now developed for badminton play around the Triangle.    Through multiple locations and transitions over the years, DCL continued to be an anchor point for those of us just wanting to hit a few birds every now and then.  In a few weeks, it shall be gone.  

It is truly the end of an era and the beginning of a new one, that we hope will bring even greater badminton opportunity to the Triangle through the creation of a new international academy and training center that will open in June.   In celebration of all the good times we all had at DCL, we would like to invite everyone to a fun 'open-play' badminton day/tournament on Saturday April 19th.  We will start at 11am and go through 4pm when DCL closes.  After that, we shall naturally gravitate to the nearest watering hole to celebrate the wins and the dawn of a new beginning.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!"

The DCL facility was the first non university facility started by many of the early players in the area. It boasts the only Olympic mat court in NC and was the precursor to other facilities that came later all started by Badminton RTP players. These include Little Professors Academy, Bond Park (T Hewitt, Nikhil Thaker), Peak Fitness/ZX in Durham, Netsports, Sport 2 Sport, Lake Lynn, Hillborough Parks and Rec, and now what could become a 'Badminton Crown Jewel' the Badminton NC/American Badminton Academy dedicated badminton facility opening in late May in the airport area. 


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