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Name: Dan Nash

Age: 38

Occupation: Chief Operating Officer of Knockerball Max

City of Residence: Mount Zion

Knockerball is growing in popularity around the country. What persuaded you to open up shop in Mount Zion?

My business partner brought the idea to me about a year and a half ago. We kicked it around for a long time before finally deciding to pull the trigger. Both of us were very intrigued at how fun it looked.

What is fun about knockerball?

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It's physical, and you're allowed to do things that you normally wouldn't be able to do. It takes that fear away. You're able to run into your buddy, or run into your brother and sister, or your husband or wife and knock each other around without fear of injury. There's little to know risk of injury if the rules are being followed. Plus, it's just something new to most people. Immediately there's going to be that appeal.

Is providing people a fun, local activity important to you?

The Decatur-Macon County area is on the upswing. It's important to always present an image of a good quality of life. There's a lot that goes into that, like having entertainment, and having something to do. That was a big, deciding factor when we opened the business. We're not the only ones. There's a lot of new and exciting things out there, and there's more to come. We just wanted to be a part of that. 

You're opening a new Knockerball Max location at Hickory Point Mall this October. Are you excited?

I could not be more excited! We didn't know what to expect, as far as response. I didn't think anyone would find out when we were going to open, but the response we have received so far has surpassed our wildest expectations. We're very excited about the store. 

Lastly, do you have any advice for people playing knockerball for the first time?

First and foremost, follow the simple safety rules. If you're not injured, you're going to have fun. Secondly, show no mercy and have fun!

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