April 15, 2016
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Local High Schools will be competing in the first annual Monarch Bank Battle of the Paddles School Ping Pong and Scholarship Events this Saturday, April 16th.
Kellam High School, who is hosting the first ever event, is also one of the 5 Virginia Beach High Schools competing and supporting the Mission of PingPong.GIVES, a local non-profit organization focused on improving mental health and brain fitness through playing Table Tennis.
“All these high schools, including Ocean Lakes, Cox, First Colonial and Princess Anne have adopted the Table Tennis Sports and Education Programs, states Ken Lees, Founder and Volunteer President of PingPong.GIVES. “There are many cool things happening with this event, one of which being it’s totally the work of each student and their respective Ping Pong Club members. For example, Ocean Lakes created the Registration Process, PA High School students developed the Scholarship Application and Kellam is running all the Tournament brackets/entries”, proudly shares Bradley Craemer, a student / player representing Cox High School.
“We are so proud to help support the youth of Hampton Roads, and specifically Virginia Beach” comments Jeremy Starkey, President of Monarch Bank. “Whenever we can develop leaders, improve mental health and create scholarships in a fun, entertaining environment like this, it’s a win for everyone. A win for students, a win for parents and a win for our local teaching community.”
Play begins at 9:30am on Saturday at Kellam High School. John Yager, one of the teacher sponsors says “roughly 50 students have signed up so far in 3 categories: I’m Just Beginning, I’m an Average Player or I’m Really Good; and any High School student in Hampton Roads can show up to play on Saturday morning, as long as they arrive before 9am”. John also mentioned that for the $5 entry that will help cover expenses, Dean Johnson, a recent Table Tennis Hall of Fame inductee will perform exhibitions, Dr. Scott Sautter will deliver a presentation about playing Ping Pong and Brain Fitness and there will be food and drinks served during the event – all on brand new KETTLER Table Tennis Tables that all schools have been awarded.
“One of the most exciting byproducts of this event will be recognizing a couple graduating Senior with scholarships, centered on leadership, involvement with their Ping Pong Clubs, a minimum GPA average and completing an essay on the health benefits of playing table tennis”, explains Linda Francis of PA High School.
“What PingPong.GIVES is doing is incredible, while also promoting the sport of Table Tennis”, claims USA Table Tennis Association CEO Gordon Kaye. “This is exactly why we have not only formed a special partnership, but also have endorsed this special organization”.
PingPong.GIVES, formally known as The Table Tennis Charity Foundation, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that utilizes the Brain-Stimulating Sport of Table Tennis and Therapeutic Programs of Ping Pong to Increase Awareness and to Raise Money (through its annual PingPongforCHARITY™ Events) for Organizations that will directly benefit those facing Brain Injury, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Depression and Mild to Moderate Intellectual Challenges. The Mission is to improve mental health and brain fitness by integrating the sport of Table Tennis into the community through local Schools, Senior Communities, Business Organizations, Churches and Medical Rehabilitation Facilities.
For more information, or to help improve Mental Health and Brain Fitness, visit PingPong.GIVES
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