Badminton gaining popularity

Updated: July 24, 2009, 3:49 PM ET
By Lauren Reynolds | ESPNRISE.com

The numbers don't lie: More than 15,000 high school students are playing badminton. And, according to the most recent (2007-08) High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations, it's a number that's on the rise.

Yes, 15,000 pales in comparison to the more than one million teenagers who spend their time on the basketball court or the 1,109,511 who suit up for 11-man football, the most popular sport.

But ...

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