Des Moines’ Cityview Magazine: Quite the Pickle

Des Moines’ Cityview Magazine: Quite the Pickle

Photo by Steve Taylor

Des Moines’ Cityview Magazine has featured pickleball as their most recent cover story stating, “the sport of pickleball has caught fire in Des Moines and across the nation.”

With Callie Jo Smith featured on the cover and a pro player interview with the #1 ranked player in the world, Ben Johns, writer Darren Tromblay introduces the sport and provides details on how it originated.

Visit dmcityview.com to view the full magazine and read the pickleball feature story!

 

CNN: Pickleball, virtual golf, skydiving, craft beer: How malls are luring shoppers

CNN: Pickleball, virtual golf, skydiving, craft beer: How malls are luring shoppers

As pickleball is the fastest growing sport for two years in a row, having more than 4.8 million players nationwide, the demand for courts and playtime continues to increase.

Many pickleball enthusiasts and investors are working to help solve that problem by purchasing real estate that would provide indoor court space, including unused space at shopping malls to increase shopping traffici to these entertainment areas.

We spoke to CNN about this topic as reported by Parija Kavilanz. Read the full article on CNN.com.

There are multiple pickleball entertainment complexes in the works and we are excited to continue to watch this sport skyrocket and players to get more court time.

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Malls are an ideal setting for the game, said Laura Gainor of USA Pickleball, the national governing body of hte sport. “It is a Pickleball player’s dream, because it’s a big indoor space and you can play the sport year-round,” she said. 

A Pickleball court is one-fourth the size of a tennis court. “You can fit six or even 12 courts in an empty department store space,” she said. “And these courts can be permanent or temporary. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up a court and to dismantle it.”

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Follow @PickleballintheSun as we continue to spotlight many of these venues as they are announced! See you on the courts.

The New York Times: Pickleball is Ready for Prime Time

The New York Times: Pickleball is Ready for Prime Time

With the 2022 Sports Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) participation report recently released, pickleball is yet again the fastest-growing sport in the country with more than 4.8 million players nationwide, an increase of 39.3% over the last two years.

Todd Plummer reports for The New York Times how companies are looking to cash in as the sport continues to gain popularity.

“While pickleball has largely been enjoyed in the privacy of retirement communities, country clubs and the homes of the Hollywood elite in recent years, the sport is transitioning to the mainstream with the emergence of its own media ecosystem.” 

Read the full story on NYTimes.com

Pickleball in the Sun. Your Source for the Best Pickleball Destinations and Experiences.

Pickleball in the Sun. Your Source for the Best Pickleball Destinations and Experiences.

Launching soon by the founder of Vossberg Gainor… PickleballintheSun.com!

Your source for the best pickleball destinations and experiences! Visit PickleballintheSun.com to learn more and to subscribe to be the first to know.

A little story about how it got started…

Two years ago was the beginning of the pickleball lifestyle for founder, Laura Vossberg Gainor. Launching a marketing agency with USA Pickleball as its first client, Vossberg Gainor picked up a paddle and quickly saw the opportunities the sport would bring to connect people and brands through a like-minded community, social and competitive pickleball events, and provide a healthy lifestyle when everyone needed it the most.

Pickleball became the fastest growing sport in the nation. Vossberg Gainor transitioned her agency to be the first pickleball marketing agency, solely working with the unique pickleball marketing niche, helping clients engage with the 4.2 million pickleball player audience, and growing.

With an entrepreneurial spirit while playing pickleball daily herself, and publishing some of the top Pickleball-related stories from around the U.S. with USA Pickleball and Pickleball Magazine, she again wanted to create something that provided a one-stop source for enthusiasts to find the best pickleball destinations and experiences.

And that is what “Pickleball in the Sun” will provide!

Your source for the best pickleball destinations and experiences in the U.S. and beyond. From relaxing poolside in a tropical destination after a morning on the courts, to sight-seeing in the sunny and snowy mountains and warming up indoors at a local pickleball complex, to choosing your family vacation around your addiction of traveling to participate in a competitive tournament or up your game by signing up for a pro-led clinic.

So go ahead, get ready to pack your paddle in your suitcase, visit PickleballintheSun.com and subscribe to our email list so that you’re the first to know where you can get your “Pickleball in the Sun!”

The TODAY Show Plays Pickleball, Featuring USA Pickleball and Pickleball Magazine

The TODAY Show Plays Pickleball, Featuring USA Pickleball and Pickleball Magazine

A huge highlight since launching Vossberg Gainor two years ago is having the opportunity to help coordinate a feature on The TODAY Show for USA Pickleball and Pickleball Magazine! 

The six minute feature perfectly showcased why we all love America’s fastest growing sport, as the full crew competed in a friendly pickleball tournament. 

Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, Carson Daly, Sheinelle Jones and Jenna Bush Hager each expressed what they love most about the sport, with Savannah stating, “I like a sport where you could do it barefoot while holding a rosé.” Savannah also stating that it was Jenna that introduced her to pickleball and now they’re both hooked.

Watch the full feature and be sure to follow @USAPickleball and @Pickleball.Magazine for more pickleball action!