What do you get when you mix soccer, water polo, hockey and basketball? A game that moves quickly, from one end of the court to the other, with dribbling, ball movement, high-flying leaps, tricky shots, lots of scoring and spectacular goalie saves.
Call it handball, European handball, Olympic handball or team handball.
By any name, it's athletic, competitive, intense and exciting to watch. For millions around the world — especially Europeans — it's fun to play and coach, too. But the game is nearly nonexistent on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
“The 'best-kept secret in the sporting world' is a common theme with our sport,” said Bob Djokovich, co-chairman of the board of directors of USA Team Handball (USATH), the national governing body for the sport.
USATH and its member clubs want to grow the sport across the U.S. Don't be surprised if they succeed.