Increasingly popular sport “Pickleball” proves to be a big “dill”

By Sophia Ramirez

Pickleball rackets await players outside the courts at Chapel Hill’s Ephesus Park (Sophia Ramirez/Carolina Connection)

As collegiate basketball continues to dominate sports conversations around the country, one unique sport continues to gain popularity under the radar. Invented in 1965, pickleball is a game often associated with retirees and the state of Florida. But it’s now the fastest-growing sport in America, according to a 2021 report tracking sports participation from the Sports and Fitness Industry Association.

Sophia Ramirez spoke to a number of pickleball enthusiasts to learn more about its appeal.

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