CHATHAM, NJ -  CHS junior Paul Ivans came before the board of education and presented his plan to start a Paddle Tennis club at Chatham High School, which was approved by an 8-0 vote on Monday night at the regular meeting of the BOE.

"We'd love if it eventually became a varsity sport at Chatham High School and we played against other local high schools that have clubs or varsity sports," Ivans said. "We'd also like to see the club continue growing, even after I graduate."

Ivans reported that local clubs, Centercourt and Minisink, have donated court time for the club’s paddle activities, including clinics for middle school students that would be run by experienced CHS paddle players to teach the sport to younger players.  The Club’s clinics will be run by Patty Hogan, a local pro and multiple former national paddle champion, and the Middle School clinics will be under the supervision of Scott Estes, a local paddle pro and also multiple former national paddle champion.

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Ivans pointed out that more than 20 students have indicated an interest in joining the club. Right now, the initial members include Ivans, his younger sister, Heather, Colin Schroeder and Olivia Morris.

No taxpayer money will be used for the startup of the program, which will cost $1150 per year to fund. Ivans also gave a presentation to the Chatham High School Athletic Boosters, who also were supportive of the club formation, and the Chatham Athletic Foundation officially approved the Paddle Club’s grant request for financial support to help start up the Paddle Club as well.