“It’s a great way to get out and move no matter what someone’s fitness level is,” said Janis Hampton, professor of the Practice of Physical Education at Duke and a Professional Pickleball Registry certified instructor. “Getting to a higher level takes work, but just about everyone can play it at some level because it’s such an easy sport to learn.”
Hampton has been on the forefront of raising pickleball’s popularity at Duke. In 2021, after getting into pickleball herself, she wrote a proposal and got approved to add the pickleball activity class to Duke’s P.E. curriculum. In the spring of 2022, with Hampton as its faculty advisor, students created the Duke Club Pickleball.
Last summer, Duke Recreation & Physical Education re-lined some tennis courts on East Campus to create six dedicated pickleball courts that are open to those with memberships. On Saturday mornings, the campus courts are packed with students and staff engaged in friendly competition.
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