You may or may not have heard of a sport called Pickleball. A combination of tennis, ping-pong and badminton, pickleball started in the 1960’s in a US Congressman’s backyard. Legend has it that after they broke all of their badminton shuttlecocks, they improvised by substituting a wiffle-ball. They soon discovered the inadequacy of a badminton racquet and switched to a wooden paddle. Their dog, Pickles, kept stealing the ball and modern-day pickleball was born.
People who play pickleball claim it’s the fastest-growing sport in America. Since there is no way to verify that fact, I’m going with it. You know that 70% of all statistics are made up on the spot right? 🙂 Regardless, it is gaining momentum, especially among the retired community and articles have been written about it in CNN, NBC and various other local media outlets. It’s a great way to stay in shape, socialize, have some fun, and try a new sport that you can quickly improve at.
One of my jobs now is to actually make it the fastest growing sport in America. My dad (who got me into it and is somewhat obsessed) and I are playing a couple of national tournaments this Autumn, even one that includes prize money! The goal is global domination. Not really, but we want to win the national tournament, which would probably make us the best players in the world. The current world’s best player, a guy who calls himself “The Puppet Master” stands in our way.
We also work with a company called Paddletek by finding distributors and selling paddles in Colorado, Utah, Texas, and hopefully Japan. We travel around Colorado doing clinics and demonstrations (where we consistently get 50-60 people) and something called the Paddletek Challenge… If anyone beats us in doubles or singles we give them free Paddletek paddles. Pretty cool right? No one has risen to the challenge and beaten us yet though. We’ve also gotten to meet cool people like Pickleball Ken from Denver and Joe Rink from Vail who love the sport, work tirelessly to promote it and by the way, sell Paddletek Paddles. If you are interested in pickleball or want to find out more information about becoming a distributor, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 339-5722. Pickleball is a great sport, you should try it – I have to warn you though, you might get addicted 🙂