Published July 15, 2015 - www.southeastdiscovery.com
Born in 1965 on a rainy day on Bainbridge Island, Washington, the inventors, a trio of friends, just wanted to quiet a house full of bored kids by giving them something entertaining to do, preferably outside! Thanks to some adult ingenuity, a badminton net in the yard, some old ping pong paddles and a wiffle ball, Pickle-ball today is enjoyed by a million people of all ages around the world. As of this writing, there are 25 Pickle-ball organizations in the southeast (FL, GA, NC, SC, TN and VA) with 15 located in Florida, and six in South Carolina.
In fact, today, there is The World Pickle-ball Federation which promotes this easy to play, but incredibly fun game across the world by encouraging physical education teachers to teach the game to their students. The vision would be to, then, encourage leagues, make Pickle-ball a team sport in schools, and, eventually have inter-school competition at the collegiate level. After that, a world championship and on to Olympic status! The promoters in Pakistan and India, for example, have initiated these types of programs hoping to get their respective countries ahead of the curve by starting players at a young age and continually training and improving their techniques as they grow.
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