Pickleball got its start in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, just a short ferry
ride from Seattle. Congressmen Joel Pritchard and some friends came
home from a game of golf to find their kids bored and restless. They
set out to create a game that would be challenging but still accessible
to engage them through the lazy days of summer. They handed the
kids ping-pong paddles and a wiffle ball and lowered the net on their
badminton court. In the coming days the children and adults fell in
love with the game and it caught on fast with friends and neighbors.
Today there are more than 100,000 people playing Pickleball in
the U.S. alone, and it is the fastest growing sport in America.