City Council will hold a public hearing next month over a tax district meant to support a combination entertainment venue-restaurant in east Wichita.

Deborah Shaar

It’s not the same as March Madness by any means, but a sport with a funny name is gaining new fans in south-central Kansas.

It’s called Pickleball, and it’s growing as recreation centers and city parks add new courts.

New players are also beginning to discover the health benefits that come with playing. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

Inside the Downtown Senior Center in Wichita, Hank Blase couldn’t get to the ball fast enough during this rally on the indoor pickleball court. But that doesn’t happen often. Blase is a pickleball champion in Kansas.