There’s a new sport in town: Pickleball

BY REBECCA BUGGER
WEEKLY REPORTER

O’FALLON – So long Shuffleboard! A generation of active retirees that want to keep their bodies and minds in shape have revolutionized a long forgotten sport: pickleball.

Pickleball, much like tennis with a twist of ping pong and a little bit of badminton, has been around since 1965 when three fathers came up with the sport to entertain their bored children during the dog days of summer. The perforated, slow moving ball ensured a lower risk of injury so the dads could sit back, relax and watch their kids enjoy playing without worrying about a trip to the emergency room.

The sport has evolved over the years and is now one that is played internationally, having an estimated 2.5 million players worldwide. Nationally, over 15,000 courts have been built, with at least one in every state. Noted as the fastest growing sport in the United States, pickleball is now being considered a collegiate sport and younger players are popping up all over the country.

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