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Looking for a new sport in the new year? Take a swing at pickleball.

(January 8, 2020 www.washingtonpost.com) It’s a new year, so how about trying a new sport: pickleball. Seriously, that’s the goofy name of a fast-growing game that’s a combination of tennis, ping-pong and badminton. Read More…  

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Video: Pickleball craze hits Houston — and keeps growing

(December 11, 2019 Houston, TX, www.click2houston.com) It’s a game that most people have never heard of, so when KPRC2 hit the streets of Southwest Houston to ask people what they thought pickleball is, we got some pretty interesting answers. View Video…  

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HealthBeat: Pickleball at the Pentagon

(December 4, 2019 Sioux Falls, SD, www.keloland.com) The Sanford Pentagon is giving pickleball players in Sioux Falls another facility option to play on the court as cold weather sets in. With six court options and room to grow, local players say it’s a great addition for the community. Read More…

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USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) Hiring Full-Time CEO

  USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) is a non-profit organization and the official national governing body for the sport of Pickleball in the United States, one of the fastest growing sports in America. The USAPA membership is approaching 40,000, a ten times growth rate in the last six years and with expectations to grow significantly for…

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Pickleball is a smash hit in SoCal. Now younger players are picking up the paddle

(December 6, 2019 Los Angeles, CA, www.latimes.com) But for a broken leg from a surfing mishap, Diana Abruscato of Huntington Beach might never have picked up a pickleball paddle. “I found I couldn’t cover the tennis court like I used to after my accident,” said Abruscato, 54, who is an “ambassador” for the USA Pickleball Assn.,…

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USA Pickleball Giving Tuesday Julie Nidiffer Inspirational Story

At the lowest point in her life, Julie Nidiffer weighed 243 pounds and literally didn’t have enough energy left after doing the nightly dishes. “I was no fun to be around. I was always thinking about suicide and I feared the world and my future. I was miserable. Enter the healing remedy of pickleball. Playing…

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USA Pickleball Hall of Fame Inductees Class of 2019

Image: 2019 Hall of Fame class (L to R) – Daniel Gabanek, Steve Paranto, Jennifer Lucore, Enrique Ruiz. The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) congratulates this year’s Pickleball Hall of Fame class of 2019. We appreciate their dedication and efforts around the sport of pickleball to continue the significant growth journey and participation all across America….

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Pickleball Founder Barney McCallum Remembered

Image: Barney McCallum, with current USAPA President, Jack Thomas, at Indian Wells (2018). The sport of pickleball recently lost its last living founder. Barney McCallum, one of the sport’s inventors and pioneers passed away at his home in Seattle, Washington on Monday, November 18. Barney was 93 years old and left behind a legacy of passion…

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It’s like the ‘Super Bowl’ for pickleballers: Nationals begin Saturday in Indian Wells

(November 1, 2019 Indian Wells, CA, www.desertsun.com) As year two of the Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships being held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden begins Saturday, who better to ask about the tournament than the defending champion. Tyson McGuffin, winner of the men’s open singles title in the desert last year, said for the competitors it was…

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Video: How a man’s love for pickleball led him to coach prison inmates across the country

(October 28, 2019 Seattle, WA, www.king5.com) Roger BelAir just returned from a trip to California – not for theme parks or resting on sunny beaches, but to teach over 200 prison inmates the sport of Pickleball. View Video…

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