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Bloomington Kennedy Gets Badminton Fever

Bloomington Kennedy Gets Badminton Fever


WELCOME BACK. SPRING IS HERE, WHICH MEANS IT’S TIME FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS ACROSS THE STATE TO GRAB THEIR RACKETS. BUT WE ARE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT TENNIS ANYMORE CHL NO, BADMINTON CONTINUES TO BOOM IN POPULARITY WITH MORE AND MORE SCHOOLS ADDING TEAMS. DOWN AND BACK. DOWN AND BACK. YOU’RE WATCHING THE NEWEST VARSITY SPORT AT BLOOMINGTON KENNEDY. THE SCHOOL LAUNCHED ITS BRAND NEW BADMINTON TEAM THIS SPRING. THERE’S A LOT OF INTEREST. EVERY TIME WE PLAY BADMINTON, THE KIDS LOVE IT. THEY GET EXCITED ABOUT IT. THEY ALL WANT TO PLAY. TODD KENNEDY GREW UP IN CANADA AND PLAYED BADMINTON IN HIGH SCHOOL SO WHEN THE SCHOOL DECIDED TO START THE TEAM, HE WAS THE NATURAL CHOICE TO LEAD IT. REALLY EXCITING STARTING A NEW PROGRAM AT OUR SCHOOL. I THINK SOME OF THE CHALLENGES ARE GETTING THE WORD OUT, GETTING THE GIRLS REGISTERED, HAVING THEM TAKE THEIR PHYSICALS, GO ONLINE AND
REGISTER. I THINK SOME OF THE CHANNELS ARE MORE ADMINISTRATIVELY. THERE’S A LOT OF EXCITEMENT ABOUT OUR BADMINTON PROGRAM. I HAVE FRIENDS WHO HAVE BADMINTON AT THIS SCHOOL THAT’S BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS. I REALLY WANTED THAT AT THIS SCHOOL SO NOW WE ACTUALLY HAVE IT SO, LIKE, I CAN TELL THEM, OH, WE HAVE OUR OWN TEAM NOW. IN MINNESOTA, THE SPORT IS GRADUALLY GROWING IN POPULARITY WITH THE NEW SCHOOL ADDING A NEW TEAM SEEMINGLY EVERY COUPLE YEARS. THERE ARE NEARLY 20 NOW, AND KENNEDY BELIEVES THAT NUMBER WILL KEEP RISING FOR ONE SIMPLE REASON. IT’S JUST, I THINK, MEETING THE NEEDS OF OUR GIRLS HERE. I’VE COACHED GIRLS GOLF FOR A LONG TIME. AT KENNEDY, OUR NUMBERS HAVE DECLINED. INTEREST KIND OF STAGNATED A LITTLE BIT. BUT BADMINTON IS REALLY GROWING. KUDOS TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT FOR RECOGNIZING THAT AND OFFERING A SPORT THAT HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET 30, 40, 50, 60 GIRLS OUT IN THE FUTURE. WHAT KENNEDY IS MOST EXCITED ABOUT IS ALL THE NEW ATHLETES THE BADMINTON TEAM HAS CREATED. HE SAID ONLY TWO GIRLS ON HIS TEAM EVER PLAYED IT COMPETITIVELY BEFORE, AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF HIS PLAYERS HAD NEVER BEEN ON ANY SPORTS TEAM
BEFORE THIS. I DON’T KNOW THE EXACT PERCENTAGE, BUT I WOULD GUESS 90% OR ABOVE, THIS IS THEIR ONLY SPORT, YOU KNOW. THEY HAVEN’T PARTICIPATED IN TRADITIONAL SPORTS, A VOLLEYBALL OR A BASKETBALL OR A SOCCER. SO THEY’RE REALLY EXCITED TO PLAY THE SPORT, AND THAT’S, I THINK, WHAT I’M MOST INTERESTED IN. WE HAVE A LOT OF GIRLS OUT HERE THAT ARE GETTING INVOLVED IN THEIR SCHOOL. THEY’RE GETTING INVOLVED IN A SPOFRT. THEY’RE GETTING HEALTHIER. THEY’RE PLAYING, HAVING SOME FUN. SO I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT
THAT. THE MORE THAT WORD GETS OUT THAT WE’RE OFFERING THIS, I THINK OTHER SCHOOLS WILL WANT TO DO THE SAME THING. HAVE YOU EVER PLAYED? I CAN DO THAT. YEAH. A LOT OF FUN.

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  1. And they are all ASIAN hahahahah

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