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Sweet sport, sour name: Pickleball grows in popularity

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – It's no secret that daily exercise leads to good health. But it can be challenging to find an activity that keeps you coming back day after day.

We're learning more about a fun sport that gets people off the couch and outside. It's the sport with a funny name, it's called pickleball. As we found out, from the moment you give it a shot, you'll be hooked.

It's part tennis, part ping-pong, and part badminton.

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. At the Waterford community in Leland, pickleball expert, Ryan Manchester gave us the background of the game that many call addictive.

"You can play anywhere indoors or outdoors," said Manchester. "We have four courts on one tennis court and it's great because it keeps people active."

65-year-old Marty Smith normally plays two hours of pickleball every day.

"It's just like table tennis," said Smith. "If you get in to playing table tennis you want to play all the time. Pickleball is the same way."

The game is played on a surface that is 1/3 the size of a tennis court and uses many of the same rules. This sport is low impact and easier on the joints, making it a popular activity choice for senior citizens.

"It gets me off the sofa. And it's movement," said Smith. "It's healthy. You can break a sweat."

"A lot of people like it socially and most seniors enjoy the game," said Manchester.

Just give it a try and you'll be hooked on the sweet sport with the sour name.

If you're interested in playing, contact Marty Smith at (703)-928-1619.

For more information on the sport, click here.

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