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May 27, 2009 > Table tennis gala

Table tennis gala

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Rajul Sheth

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The sheer veracity of the statement is exemplified by the India Community Center's (ICC) table tennis program that started four years ago. Ever since, there has been no turning back.

Around 150 of the ICC Table Tennis program's closest supporters will gather on Friday, May 29 at ICC's first annual table tennis fundraiser. What started with four tables in a borrowed space in 2005, is today the largest dedicated table tennis center in North America with 20 tables and 215 members.

The facility has trained national-level players, two 2009 world championship contenders, and an Olympic team member who participates regularly in the program. ICC Table Tennis also hosts three USA Table Tennis (USATT) sanctioned tournaments that draw crowds numbering in the thousands.

The event will showcase exhibition matches with participants from Anil Godhwani, founder of the India Community Center, and Steve Westly, former California state controller and supporter of the program.

Many of ICC's rising table tennis Stars, such as Krish Avvari, the number one player in the country for boys 10 and under and ICC Table Tennis players Lily Zhang (12) and Ariel Hsing (13) are the youngest players who qualified for the 2009 World Table Tennis Championship held at Yokohama, Japan, from April 28 - May 5.

Both the girls represented U.S. National Women's team in singles and doubles events.

"USATT CEO Mike Cavanaugh will join the event and come all the way from Colorado Springs," informed Rajul Sheth, ICC table tennis coach. Sylvan Guo, U.S. National Cadet and junior team member, and other young ICC players will also join. "We will honor Rajul Sheth at the event and congratulate him for winning the prestigious Developmental Coach of the Year award this year," said Bruce Liu, founder of Bay Area Table Tennis Federation and advocate of table tennis in the USA.

Table Tennis at ICC is expanding very rapidly. In one year a brand new 10,500 square foot table tennis facility has attracted more than 225 members. ICC offers weekly league play, 3 USATT sanctioned tournaments, specialty camps, group and private lessons and open play.

The fundraising event starts at 7 p.m. with a social hour, until 8 p.m., where you have the chance to meet the coaches and players, followed by dinner, exhibition and keynote addresses from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

"The event is not invitation only and is for all age groups," said Sheth. Tickets are priced at $200 per person. Kids below 16 years of age are free. "Free child-care is also available and as per IRS regulation $170 of the ticket is tax deductible" informed Sheth.

The proceeds from this community fundraiser will be used to help the rising table tennis stars reach their fullest potential. "Our goal is to churn out high class table tennis players," said Liu. The drive will support the rapidly expanding ICC Table Tennis Program.

For more table tennis information visit www.indiacc.org/tabletennis.

Table tennis fundraiser
Friday, May 29
India Community Center
525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas
7 p.m.
(408) 934-1130 x 229
sports@indiacc.org

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