So we’re searching the Internet looking for a great charity where we can donate a great, high-end table tennis table–we moved it out here from the east coast and it’s never been out from under the cover for two years–here in California we live on a hill so there is no flat space to play. We’re finally biting the bullet to let it go, as much as we loved playing, so others can get some actual and more regular enjoyment from it. Hopefully a rec program for kids somewhere, or veterans, or similar organization will love it…
But the thing is, in searching for a donation place, I stumbled upon a charity category I’d not previously known: Table Tennis charities and volunteer organizations. Who’d-a-thunk you could play ping pong and make this a better world?
The sport, it turns out, is a great focus builder for patients facing illness like Alzheimer’s, as well as in long-term medical facilities, senior centers, veteran’s programs, and as I’d been looking for, after school programs and residential programs for kids. A parallel category is organizations that have missions unrelated to table tennis, but use the sport, and tournaments, as fundraising opportunities for their cause.
As usual–all these folks need inspired volunteers. There are lots of regional table tennis charities and events you can look up near you, and a couple larger, long established ones as well, like the following:
Table Tennis Charity Foundation puts the spotlight on the therapeutic value of ping pong (I know, serious players probably bristle at me using the term ping pong…but repeating table tennis a zillion times is tiresome to read…and write)—they work with partners who service those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression, and intellectual challenges, including but not limited to senior citizens.
Ping Pong for Charity is an annual tournament raising money for the non-profit organizations they support.
Amazing actress/activist Susan Sarandon is an owner in SPIN Galactic, a group of ping pong clubs in New York, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Dubai, and as you’d expect, they have a robust “Giving Back” mission, partnering with local and international charities.