Pay It Forward
Retirees Jack and Lynn Handy have welcomed the entire community to play pickleball, and a few times a week, their home becomes a schoolhouse for eight or nine related students from nearby Owen Marsh Elementary.
"I pick them up and we come here and we have reading time and we do homework," Lynn Handy said.
It's why the family was nominated for the "Pay it Forward" award.
"We felt it was important to have a male figure in their lives," Jack Handy said. "I think because some of them didn't have a male role model at home, and I'm more the activities director."
"These are delightful kids," Lynn Handy said. "These are kids from families who don't have a lot of money, but they do have a lot of love. And they have a lot of hope for their children. They want their children to do well."
The couple, married for 38 years, does good at home and on the court.
"I'm just--I mean, on the pickleball courts and all that," Jack Handy said. "Just so many people express their appreciation. It's very nice."
The majority of the money to convert the tennis courts at Iles Park to pickleball courts for the community came from the Handy family. They did it to get everyone in the game.
There's a Facebook group dedicated to Springfield Pickleball. If you'd like to play (even if you don 't have the equipment), you can go there to find game times.