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April 4, 2013 

Be All You Can Be - Volunteer for the NCTTA

One Ex-College Student Plays a Vital Role for NCTTA

Wanda Wong could have easily walked away from the Olympic sport of table tennis after her playing days were over at the University of Western Ontario.

But at NCTTA headquarters, we are so fortunate that Wanda chose to stay involved with her favorite athletic activity and boost the sport at scores of colleges all over North America.

Officially, Wanda is the human relations coordinator for the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association, a non-paying job that’s keeps her days busy, especially when the National Championships roll around in April. The NCTTA oversees more than 160 college table tennis teams.

A native of Ottawa, Ontario in Canada, Wanda lives, eats and breathes table tennis when she’s not working in management at a coffee shop in her hometown.

Whether she’s pleasing customers with a good cup of coffee or wearing several hats serving NCTTA, Wanda brings many skills to the table. Her voice perks up when she talks about table tennis.

“I am a people person. I love talking to people, meeting people and bringing people together,’’ Wanda Wong says. “That’s what I do for NCTTA. I recruit volunteers and I’m also the main contact for Canadian schools that play in the league.’’

It doesn’t matter if the team is the University of Western Ontario, the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto or you name the school, Wanda builds bridges between Canada and the USA.

Her game may not nearly be what it was several years ago when she was in college, but she’s much more valuable as a volunteer coordinator. Volunteers are the lifeblood of NCTTA.

“Playing in NCTTA in college has made me realize how much I love the sport and the people that are involved,’’ says the Ottawa resident. “This encouraged me to get involved, to make the experience worthwhile for someone else as well.’’

Table tennis fans and players will see Wanda Wong running all over the place in Rockford, Illinois in mid-April as she works with NCTTA President Willy Leparulo and others to make sure the April 12-14 National Championships run smoothly. Wanda will come in early and stay late to make sure the three days in the Land of Lincoln are a rewarding experience for all involved.

“I love being part of NCTTA because it brings people together,’’ Wanda says. “It amazes me that everyone can come together to play some table tennis. Friends are reunited, new friends are made and everyone is playing a sport that they love.’’

Table tennis players, fans, coaches, referees and others in NCTTA ranks should thank Wanda Wong and others make a difference at the national championships and the rest of the season. Whether it’s ex-Columbia star Stephanie Shih stepping up as the NCTTA’s Jersey Shore Division director, or Wanda Wong doing her thing as HR director, or coaches like Fede Bassetti organizing an impressive team at Northern Illinois University, there are plenty of NCTTA people to thank for their service year-round.

Wanda Wong loves the sport for other reasons – the way it unites people from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter if they are physicians, business people, lawyers, educators, truck drivers or folks behind the scenes at restaurants, “It brings people from unexpected backgrounds together,’’ Wanda says. “Anyone and everyone can enjoy the sport no matter who they are, where they’re from and what they do.’’

Interested in serving as a volunteer with NCTTA and staying active with the organization once your college table tennis playing days are over? Opportunities are unlimited. Contact Wanda Wong at 


The National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA) is a non-profit organization established exclusively for promoting the sport of table tennis at the college level. As the national governing body for college table tennis in the United States and Canada, NCTTA organizes intercollegiate competition throughout North America.


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