JOOLA Sponsors Panther City Pong tournament in Forth Worth, TX
Panther City Pong is a ping pong community in Fort Worth, TX. Their goal is to bring people all across Fort Worth together and create a community through table tennis!
Caleb Hixon, founder of Panther City Pong said, "A few years ago my boss bought our office a ping pong table. His hope was to increase camaraderie and boost workplace productivity by allowing us to play ping pong during our breaks. What started out as a fun way to spend my break time quickly turned into something much more than that — a passion. Then one day I had a crazy thought, why not bring people together all across Fort Worth to play ping pong? This is how Panther City Pong began."
After a successful first event with 28 participants and a few dozen more spectators, their next tournament will be held on August 10th, 2018 at Common Desk Fort Worth. JOOLA sponsored prizes include iPong table tennis training robots, JOOLA Spinforce rackets, and balls.
"Right now, there really isn’t any place to play ping pong in Fort Worth aside from a random bar or two. I think Panther City Pong can raise the interest of ping pong in our city and provide a place for people to enjoy this great game. With companies like JOOLA behind us, we’re poised to make a splash in the Fort Worth entertainment scene," added Hixon.
Do you live in or near Fort Worth? Sign up for the tournament today at panthercitypong.com
JOOLA Sponsors Shakehands Pong Tournament Benefitting Maggie's Warriors
Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. Alzheimer’s kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. In 2018, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $277 billion.
Maggie’s Warriors (on Facebook and Instagram) is a team dedicated to raising funds and awareness in the fight against Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an annual event that raises funds and awareness to fight Alzheimer’s Disease. The Walk gives people a chance to gather to remember and honor those suffering from Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, and the families and friends of those that have passed due to Alzheimer’s. Maggie’s Warriors is a Walk team consisting of Maggie’s son and daughter in law, Matt and Allison Henry and Maggie’s daughter and son in law, Angela and Timothy Miles. We Walk not only for Maggie Henry, but for all the people past and present who are affected by this horrible disease. We will continue to Walk until we END ALZ.
Maggie Henry was a loving wife and mother. She was a dedicated elementary school teacher of music and physical education. Maggie loved helping others and volunteered with the Girl Scouts of America. She was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2006, but the signs were there years before. Her coworkers noticed her becoming forgetful and not remembering conversations from earlier in the day. She would get lost on the commute home from work. Alzheimer’s forced her to retire early from a job she loved. She could no longer do the volunteer work she enjoyed. Eventually Maggie started forgetting to take her medications or if she had eaten that day. Maggie’s husband Robert had to retire to take care of her. As her memory continued to fade, the strain of taking care of her became too much and she was placed into a nursing home at the age of 66. Maggie never knew her 3 grandchildren. She stopped recognizing her children. She passed in January of 2013 at 67 years old.
The Shakehands Pong Tournament is a fundraising event for Maggie’s Warriors and the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Shakehands (on Facebook and Instagram) is a free monthly ping pong club led by Jeff Wyrick, where people get together in different garages around town to play ping pong, socialize and foster a sense of community. The July 28th tournament is taking place at Six Car Pub (806-576-3396), 625 S. Polk in downtown Amarilo, Texas and is currently taking donations to register for the event. There will be prizes, gifts sponsored by JOOLA, Butterfly, Six Car Pub and other local area businesses. The winner of the tournament will win a special trophy, The Silver Terrapin. The tournament will feature a bracket of 48 players and even more spectators. Please join Shakehands and Maggie's Warriors for a night of ping pong, fun and fundraising. A donation to Maggie's Warriors can be made using the the link below:
JOOLA USA Signs Brazilian National Team Player Gui Lin
JOOLA announced its sponsorship of top-ranked Brazilian player, Gui Lin. Gui has represented the Brazilian National Team in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics and in 2018, she briefly ranked in the Top 100 (ITTF) players, coming in at 89.
Her recent achievements include:
2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 Latin American Championship – 1st Place in Teams
2015, 2016 Latin American Championship – 1st Place in Individual
2015 Pan American Games - 2nd Place in the Individual and Teams
2015 Latin American Cup – 2nd Place in Individual
2017 Pan American Games - 1st Place in Teams
2018 South American Games – 1st Place in Teams and 2nd in Individual
Her current JOOLA setup consists of:
Forehand Rubber: Rhyzer 48
Backhand Rubber: Golden Tango
Welcome to the JOOLA family, Gui!
JOOLA CARES AND ITTF FOUNDATION PARTNER TO COLLECT EQUIPMENT AT WVC FOR A GOOD CAUSE
LAS VEGAS, NV - JOOLA Cares, a new initiative by JOOLA aimed at bringing social responsibility and the love of table tennis together, has partnered with the ITTF Foundation. In its inaugural project, JOOLA Cares will be collecting blades, rubbers and balls of any brand at the 2018 World Veterans Championships to be donated towards 2 good causes. Donations can be dropped off at the JOOLA salesbooth located inside the tournament hall at the Las Vas Convention Center. To donate any other table tennis equipment, such as tables and nets, please contact the initiatives directly.
Solidarity Through Table Tennis
After years of working on resettling and integrating refugees in England, Brighton Table Tennis Club is working with local clubs in Greece and Italy to create table tennis programs to help ease the resettlement transition for refugees. This project is aimed at integrating them into local communities in Athens and Sicily. They are in need of table tennis equipment to get this initiative started!
For more information, please contact Brighton Table Tennis Club through Facebook (@brightonttc)
Dream Building in El Salvador
In 2011, the National Federation of El Salvador implemented a project using table tennis to prevent children and youth from gang engagement with a special focus at-risk kids who lack access to the sport. The project started in 11 communities and has grown over the years to 18 communities. Between 1,300 and 1,600 children and youth are involved. As the initiative continues to expand, the need for table tennis equipment grows.
For more information, please contact the National Federation of El Salvador on Facebook (@fesalteme), Twitter (@fesaltemeESA) or through www.fesalteme.org
JOOLA TO RELEASE PATENT-PENDING TABLE TENNIS RUBBER CLEANING WIPES
ROCKVILLE, MD - JOOLA, a leader in the table tennis industry since 1952, is ready to change the table tennis cleaner category with the announcement of the release of their patent-pending Table Tennis Rubber Cleaning Wipes at the upcoming World Veteran Table Tennis Championship in Las Vegas on June 18th, 2018.
JOOLA North America President, Richard Lee, said the call to develop this product came from a need to have a simple and convenient way to clean the rubber on a table tennis racket.
“As a table tennis player myself, I’ve often had to abandon bottled cleaners at the airport on my way to tournaments due to TSA carry-on regulations or I just didn’t have enough room in my equipment bag to fit a bottle of cleaner and a sponge. When you’re traveling to tournaments or even just to the club, it’s inconvenient to have to carry around additional bulk. This is a great single use, lightweight, and easy-to-travel-with option.” Lee said.
Gordon Kaye, CEO of USA Table Tennis (USATT), expressed his excitement for the innovative product by saying, “The wipes will significantly increase the ease at which players can quickly clean their paddles in between matches and maintain a more accurate level of play. We are also thrilled that a portion of the proceeds from the paddle wipes sales will be donated to support USATT.”
New rubber has better gripping ability and when it hits a ball, it delivers a clean shot. When the rubber experiences repeated use, collections of debris and oil on the rubber can cause inconsistencies in the grip of the rubber surface. Dirty rubber also wears out faster. Paddles should always be cleaned after each use to extend the durability and lifespan of the rubber.
JOOLA’s patent-pending Table Tennis Paddle Cleaning Wipes are small, lightweight, and easily transportable. The single-use wipes fit easily into any paddle case or table tennis bag, making it optimal for equipment maintenance whether you’re in between matches at a tournament or on your way to the table tennis club. They are sold in packs of 18 individually wrapped wipes and will be available online at www.joolausa.com and with table tennis specialty retailers.
The alcohol and bleach-free formula is also antistatic, which reduces cling of debris and rejuvenates the paddle rubber to bring back the spin and speed after each use. The wipes are made with 100% plant-based cellulose material, which is bio-degradable, environmentally friendly, and skin & rubber safe.
Eve Yen, CEO of wipe manufacturer Diamond Wipes International, expressed, “We are big supporters of the US Table Tennis National Team and USATT, so we are thrilled to continue to show support for the sport by partnering with JOOLA to bring this product to market.”
JOOLA was first established in Germany in the 1950s and quickly became a leading manufacturer of table tennis equipment. It gained international recognition by sponsoring several World Championships, and eventually became the table sponsor for the 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, and 2004 Athens Games. In 2006, JOOLA emerged onto the US table tennis scene with a vision to promote the sport of table tennis by providing the highest quality table tennis equipment to fit all table tennis lifestyles from the basement to the world champion player.
About USA Table Tennis
USA Table Tennis is organized under the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of table tennis in the United States. As a member service organization, it promotes table tennis by creating opportunities for athletes and coaches of all backgrounds to participate in the sport through more than 250 clubs and over 350 tournaments across the nation annually. USA Table Tennis is a member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Pan American and Olympic Games.
About Diamond Wipes
20 years ago, Diamond Wipes started off with humble beginnings as owner Eve Yen, then a new immigrant from Taiwan, founded the company by selling freshly packaged moist hand wipes to local Chinese restaurants in Southern California. Today, Diamond Wipes has grown to over 300 team members strong and counting, delivering wet wipes and services to some of the top global companies and brands.
THE 2018 WORLD VETERAN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
JOOLA will be sponsoring the 19th World Veteran Championships hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 18th to June 24th, 2018. Over 4,000 players, age 40 and over and representing 97 countries, will be participating in doubles and singles tournament matches. In addition to the matches, the opening ceremony will include live music and entertainment.
Throughout the weeklong tournament, JOOLA will also be hosting a series of events at the JOOLA sales booth. Events include player seminars and Q&A sessions with JOOLA sponsored table tennis stars, Jörg Roßkopf and Chen Weixing (schedule below), along with a number of other activities such as prize giveaways.
At the JOOLA sales booth, you can also find everything from limited edition shot glasses, clothing, and blades to rubbers, tables and barriers! JOOLA will be launching the highly anticipated, patent-pending Table Tennis Rubber Cleaning Wipes on the first day of the WVC Tournament at their booth. Do not miss out on the chance to get a free sample!
This tournament will be the largest table tennis tournament in the prestigious tournament’s history, outdoing the 2007 WVC Tournament in Bremen, Germany, which saw 3,650 competitors. It is going to be a great time with a lot of exciting events! We hope to see you there!
Find more information with this link: WVC 2018 or Click the image above!
SUNDAY, JUNE 17TH, 2018
3PM - 4PM How to Improve Your Serve Seminar (Rossi)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20TH, 2018
12PM Q&A with Rossi (Facebook Live)
12:30PM Q&A with Chen
1:00PM - 1:30PM Photo Session with Rossi/Chen
2:00PM - 3:00PM How to Play With & Against Long Pips Seminar (Chen)