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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Pickleball Gaining Popularity at FWCS

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, and several FWCS schools are incorporating the lifelong activity into the physical education curriculum.

At Indian Village Elementary, PE Teacher Ryan Keirns was just crowned National Champ, winning the gold medal in his mixed doubles division at the 2018 Magaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships. After a lifetime of playing tennis, he picked up pickleball two years ago with the help of Josh and Zack Grubbs of Pickleball Rocks.

"I was hooked from the beginning," Keirns said. "It’s a great sport for families and easy to learn the basics."

He brought the Grubbs brothers in to demonstrate pickleball to the students at Indian Village, and it quickly became a regular unit in his PE classes. Students enjoy the game, he said.

"In addition to it being the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., it teaches hand-eye coordination, etiquette (you make your own calls), meets state standards and is a sport that can be played by people of all ages and abilities," Keirns said.

In addition to Keirns, FWCS Board of School Trustees President Julie Hollingsworth is also a strong pickleball advocate. She started playing in 2011 at the urging of a friend and is a member of Fort Wayne Pickleball Association (FWPA). Last year, FWPA frequently offered open pickleball play at Northwood Middle School. And, recently, the organization gave grants to local high schools for nets, paddles and balls to offer pickleball to students.

South Side High School was one of the first schools to receive the grant. PE Teacher Todd France said he wanted to teach pickleball to his students because it can be a lifelong sport.

"The students could play this sport for the rest of their lives," he said. "I would encourage all schools to add pickleball to their curriculum and use FWPA as a resource. Pickleball and badminton are the most popular activities we do."

Pickleball Champion
Indian Village PE Teacher Ryan Keirns (third from right) recently won gold at the 2018 Magaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships.