March 12, 2018
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The PingPong.GIVES Charity Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization based in Virginia Beach VA, is excited to announce the addition of and partnership with the EVMS Glennan Center as a Charity Partner in its mission to improve mental health and brain fitness through playing Table Tennis.
EVMS is pleased to become a Charity Partner of PingPongforCHARITY™ to help raise funds and awareness for the EVMS Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology. The mission of the Glennan Center is to promote the health, well-being, independence, and quality of life of older adults; and to enhance the knowledge base and standards of practice in geriatrics and gerontology, through clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy on behalf of older adults and their caregivers. “We believe that an activity such as Ping Pong has therapeutic wide-ranging benefits including better hand-eye coordination, improved mood, increased cognitive functioning, fewer symptoms of depression and improved quality of life of older adults. Win or lose older adults playing Ping Pong are likely to smile more, laugh heartily, and reach out to new friends (literally) across the table!”, shares Robert Palmer, MD, MPH, the John Franklin Chair in Geriatrics and Director of the EVMS Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology.
“We’re excited to join hands with EVMS Glennan Center in our mission to improve mental health and brain fitness”, states Ken Lees, Founder and Volunteer President of PingPong.GIVES Charity Foundation. “The EVMS Glennan Center recognizes the many therapeutic benefits playing Table Tennis has for older adults and can enable us to continue our vision of integrating the game of Ping Pong into the community. Every 2 to 3 years our Board reviews countless applications from qualifying organizations, and this year selected EVMS to join our strategic group of Charity Partners to include PiN Ministry, Vanguard Landing, Parkinson’s Hampton Roads and Alzheimer’s Association/Southeast Chapter, all of whom have a focus on mental health challenges.”
“Despite seemingly disparate groups of different neurological challenges, they all can benefit from the therapeutic effects on mental health and brain fitness”, explains Dr. Scott Sautter, chairman of the board and PhD of Hampton Roads Neuropsychology. “There’s a wonderful video presented by EVMS and Dean Johnson, Board Member with PingPong.GIVES validating the balance of life table tennis helps achieve.
Should anyone want to learn more about these organizations or get involved with this cause, visit PingPong.GIVES and make plans to attend the Tenth Annual PingPongforCHARITY™ SLAMFest Events and Amateur Tournament September 21 and 22, 2018.