NPR tries out ‘America’s fastest-growing sport’

Sandy Thompson (at left) runs a number of clinics that supplement The J’s open play times.

“For the rapidly decreasing number of Americans who’ve never heard of pickleball, the obscure paddleball game is one of America’s fastest-growing sports,” writes National Public Radio’s Shannon Mullen.

“Most of pickleball’s core players are over age 65, but the game is getting younger, with the strongest growth among players under 55, according to USA Pickleball.

“But with so many new players, the U.S. is struggling to keep up with demand for courts.”

Did you know that you can play at The J? After reading the full story, check out The J’s pickleball program, which includes a solid line-up of open play times (including for non-members) plus clinics taught by Sandy Thompson, our in-house pickleball ace.