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Pickleball Growing Fast Among Northwoods Older AdultsSubmitted: 03/14/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Pickleball Growing Fast Among Northwoods Older Adults
RHINELANDER - The fastest-growing sport among older adults may look a little funny to you.

Pickleball looks like table tennis - on a life-size court.

The game is taking off across the Northwoods.

Rhinelander's YMCA is the latest place to draw a crowd for pickleball.

"It started in Eagle River with a group, and there's a group in Minocqua playing, and now there's a group in Three Lakes playing, so Rhinelander obviously was the next venue that would be a great place," Active Older Adults Coordinator Marilyn Duschl says.

Pickleball is played in a similar way to tennis, but with wooden paddles and a wiffle ball.

Especially during long Northwoods winters, it's a good option for getting active indoors.

"It's a great sport for folks who are a little older because there's less ground to cover than when you're playing on the tennis court. It's just a heck of a lot of fun," says pickleball player Carol Pederson.

Pickleball is the fastest-growing game among older adults.

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