Sports Reports

Playing for Kicks! Footgolf popularity sweeps U.S.

Several versions of footgolf, a sport that combines soccer and golf, had been kicked around in various European countries for about 20 years—Switzerland in the late ’80s, Scandinavia in the ’90s—before being introduced in the United States through the American FootGolf League (AFGL). 

It was a simple search by …

SUP and Paddling Events Continue to Grow

Riding the wave

Since the day pro surfer Laird Hamilton stood on a long board and picked up a paddle, the sport of standup paddleboarding (SUP) has ridden a wave of growth. From 2010 to 2016, SUP participation expanded from about 1 million to 3.2 million, a growth of 220 …

Tennis holds its own – Traditional sports against others

Game, set, match

How do you make a long-established sport appeal to the next generation? With smartphone technology exploding over the last decade and the mixed needs of millennials, organizations such as the United States Tennis Association (USTA) are looking for ways to draw new players. Children are not …

The Passion for PickleBall

What is pickleball? That might be a question heard just a few years ago but it won’t be asked much longer.

Pickleball—a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong—has flown under the radar for decades but in the past few years, the unique sport has become much …

Extreme Sports Pack a Punch: Participants and fans are drawn to adrenaline-packed events

Adrenaline junkies are always looking for a new, better, more-exhilarating sport, a different extreme of an old sport or a more-heart-pounding, less-boring way of putting their bodies to the athletic test.  Today’s extreme sports pack a punch. Whether base jumping, kiteboarding, parkour or other adrenaline-fueled activities, sports that push …

Off the Beaten Path: Orienteering appeals to all ages

Having originated as military training, orienteering combines analytics and accuracy as athletes navigate specialized courses using maps and compasses to finish the course first. Since 1886 in Sweden, orienteering has been on the map. There it began as a form of military training then evolved quickly into competition, first for …