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Pickleball Hits Pop Culture

by Stacie Townsend 4 Comments

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Pickleball is slowly making more and more appearances in the pop culture scene in the United States. Recently, on August 17th, 2018, Cash Cab—a popular game show on the Discovery Channel, where a New York City cab driver drives unknowing passengers around the city while asking trivia questions for a chance to win a free ride and lots of cash—featured a question about the sport of pickleball. Pickleball has also made the following pop culture appearances:

  • Kim Kardashian gave pickleball a try on her recent vacation to Idaho. She posted a picture of herself playing pickleball on her Instagram account (click here to see a capture of the picture), which has over 116 million followers.
  • Giuliana and Bill Rancic—Giuliana is an E! Entertainment host, while Bill was the first winner of The Apprentice (the reality television show that featured President Trump)—are frequently playing and winning pickleball tournaments, as shown by Giuliana’s Instagram account (click here to see a winning pickleball picture).
  • Jillian Michaels—the tough trainer from the reality show, The Biggest Loser—recently had her own reality television show on E! called Just Jillian. During one episode, Jillian’s competitive side was on full display as she refused to lose a pickleball match to her in-laws (click here to watch).
  • Jenna Bush—daughter of President George W. Bush and a key part of The Today Show team on NBC—promoted pickleball in a Today Show snippet, where Jenna Bush recapped her vacation and described her strong showing in her family pickleball tournament (click here to watch).
These pop culture appearances will hopefully expose the sport of pickleball to new segments of the global population and continue to make pickleball the fastest growing sport in the world!
     
Do you know of any other pickleball pop culture appearances? If so, share with us in the comments below!



Stacie Townsend
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Webby
Webby

September 22, 2018

It was also featured in the live phone trivia game, HQ.

Arun s
Arun s

August 29, 2018

Steve Wong formerly of Onix and now with Topp Pickleball mentioned that his dream is to see Pickleball in all schools worldwide. Cheers! We are trying to do that locally and the future looks bright.

Diana
Diana

August 28, 2018

There was an episode on The Goldbergs TV show where the coach made the kids play Pickleball in gym class. The actor who plays the coach is a big Pickleball fanatic.

Joel Brand
Joel Brand

August 27, 2018

it was also on an episode of Family Guy

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