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Here's a sporting idea: Make pickleball the official state sport


Last updated 1/2/2022 at 4:35pm

Photo courtesy of Kate Van Gent

Like other states, Washington claims its share of official symbols: the state flower is, of course, the rhododendron. The state bird? American goldfinch. Fish? Steelhead. Tree? Western hemlock. Fruit? Apple (natch).

We even have a state dance (square dance) and folk song ("Roll On, Columbia, Roll On"). Thank you, Woody Guthrie.

It might be a surprise to some, then, that Washington doesn't have an official state sport.

With the help of newly-appointed state Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, pickleball enthusiasts hope to fix that oversight.

Yes, pickleball.

To the uninitiated, pickleball – a...

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