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The Game That Keeps Growing…Pickleball. Life in the Front Office Podcast Interview with Stu Upson

USA Pickleball CEO, Stu Upson, joined Jake Hirshman, and Andy Dolich to talk about the explosion of Pickleball across the country and world. They dink it up for a conversation about how to grow a sport from the ground up!

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Shape Magazine: Why Pickleball Should Be Your Next Hobby

If you’re seeking a game that’ll get you moving and is easy to pick up, you should head to (or create) a pickleball court, as reported by Zara Hanawalt for Shape Magazine in their featured article: “Why Pickleball Should Be Your Next Hobby.” To learn more about the sport and it’s health benefits, Shape Magazine…

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Architectural Digest: A Pickleball Court is the Hot New Amenity in Real Estate Developments Today

Architectural Digest says that “Pickleball has replaced golf as the most coveted sports amenity in luxury residential developments” in their recent feature covering luxury real estate developments where buyers are now more attracted to the pickleball amenities. Some of the locations featured: Troubador Golf and Field Club in Nashville developed by Discovery Land Company who…

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Des Moines’ Cityview Magazine: Quite the Pickle

Photo by Steve Taylor Des Moines’ Cityview Magazine has featured pickleball as their most recent cover story stating, “the sport of pickleball has caught fire in Des Moines and across the nation.” With Callie Jo Smith featured on the cover and a pro player interview with the #1 ranked player in the world, Ben Johns,…

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CNN: Pickleball, virtual golf, skydiving, craft beer: How malls are luring shoppers

Pickleball, virtual golf, skydiving, craft beer: How malls are luring shoppers – As reported by Parija Kavilanz for CNN Business. As Covid restrictions ease, expect to see more malls morph into family entertainment destinations where shopping may not even be what draws shoppers in. CNN spoke to Tanger Outlets CEO, Stephen Yalof about some of…

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Pickleball is the Fastest-Growing Sport for Second Year in a Row, Growing by 39.3%

Having more than 4.8 million participants nationwide, and a growth of 39.3% over the last two years, pickleball was officially announced as the fastest-growing sport in America for the second year in a row, according to The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) 2022 Sports, Fitness, and Leisure Activites Topline Participation Report that was just…

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FOX Business: Pickleball business booms during COVID-19 pandemic

With pickleball being the fastest-growing sport for 2 years in a row, it’s no surprise that the business side of the sport has also boomed. USA Pickleball CEO, Stu Upson recently spoke with FOX Business to discuss. View the full story on their website and watch below. Watch the latest video at foxbusiness.com

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NPR: As international participation grows, pickleball could end up in the Olympics

Shannon Mullen talked with USA Pickleball CEO, Stu Upson as she sought out to see what all the buzz was about with the sport of pickleball for her latest story for NPR. More than a half century after the addictive sport of pickleball was created in an American backyard, it’s been exploding in popularity —…

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Pickleball Power: Stu Upson of USA Pickleball on the Sport’s Growth, Events and Venues

The Sports and Fitness Industry Association has made it official in its latest trends report: pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the country. Over the past two years, participation is up 39 percent, including an increase of more than 20 percent from 2019 to 2020 when the pandemic helped drive the sport’s appeal. Leading the charge…

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USA Pickleball Junior Spotlight: Maddie Toren

By: Hope Tolley – Published in Pickleball Magazine Maddie Toren, 17, of Phoenix, Arizona, is making her mark in the pickleball community both as a player and as a referee. Since being introduced to the sport in 2021, Maddie has played in six tournaments and won gold in 3.0 19+ mixed doubles, become a certified…

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