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Get to know the fastest growing sport in America.

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America, and students Lexi Brown and Ashlyn Field, are joining the craze.

Ashlyn Field reaches out her paddle to return a serve, as Lexi watches.

Both students participated in the BroncoFit pickleball class last spring, taught by Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Tim Kempf. For the past two years, Kempf has been the instructor of the class. Outside of his time as a university instructor in Kinesiology, he is an avid pickleball player.

Dr. Tim Kempf instructs the class on strategies within the game.

The course is open to aspiring pickleball players of all levels and it progresses in difficulty throughout the semester. The typical class begins with students hitting the ball back and forth to get warmed up. After some time, all students meet for a brief introduction to the day’s agenda. Usually they take this time to learn a new concept, and then get time within their groups to practice what they’ve learned. After a few weeks, students are able to play games against one another to improve their skills through friendly competition.

Both Brown and Field have enjoyed the course, and found it beneficial. They became friends through the class and enjoy playing on the same team. They each have felt an improvement in their game after only playing a couple times before the class started. Their greatest takeaway has been the strategy of the game and learning how to score by outsmarting your opponent.

Ashlyn Field (Left) and Lexi Brown (Right) pose for a photo with their paddles.

If you need an extra credit, are interested in learning pickleball, or want to meet some new friends, try out BroncoFit 197.

BroncoFit 197: Introduction to Pickleball meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. for seven weeks and is worth one credit. The class accepts all skill levels and encourages anyone to try. If you’re interested in signing up for a class or have questions about BroncoFit, please contact BroncoFit Activities Coordinator Kevin Blume at