I had never heard of handball (I grew up in Kentucky and then went to undergraduate in Mississippi - which the article noted has the lowest number handball members, so this might be the reason for my lack of knowledge of the sport).
That was until, one of the girls I played soccer with was actually recruited to play handball, although she had never played it before. However, she was a great athlete, so I am sure this was a good move by the recruiter.
I love that @drtroubles noted, handball is an affordable option. This is something that is great and true, that is what I loved about playing soccer. Until one was older and you had to buy the uniform, fancy cleats, etc. all you had to was buy a ball and go play!