Pickleball is all the rage in Quebec and elsewhere | Sports
Over the years, many different sports have been adopted by the citizens of Quad-Cities.
We all love traditional team sports. We are perhaps the smallest community in the country to host a PGA Tour event. Road running has become a big part of the community with the advent of the Quad-City Times Bix 7. We seem to like almost anything that involves a ball.
The last example: Pickleball.
It is still a somewhat obscure sport, but it feels like its dark days are numbered, especially here.
Pickleball, which is essentially a hybrid of tennis, badminton, racquetball, and ping-pong, originated in the Seattle area in the 1960s. Few people knew much about it for several decades, but it has grown. phenomenal in the last decade or so as an alternative to tennis for the less mobile and physically fit.
Originally, much of this growth was in older communities, but pickleball is now played by people of all ages.
NBC News reported in 2019 that the sport had grown 650% over the previous six years.
The Minto US Open Pickleball Championships in Naples, Florida recently drew a record 2,190 participants from 48 states, despite the coronavirus pandemic still not quite behind us. It was played in a 64 court facility specially designed for pickleball. Finals in some divisions of the weeklong event were televised by the CBS Sports Network.