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April 8, 2013
Butterfly and Newgy to Sponsor NCTTA Championships
Table Tennis Sponsors Come Together Again to Sponsor the Collegiates
Ma Long is the planet’s table tennis leader when it comes to ranking the best male players.
So says the ITTF that recently released its April 2013 World Rankings. Ding Ning is No. 1 when it comes to table tennis rankings for women. The two fantastic players are from China where table tennis is king.
When it comes to world-class table tennis equipment companies, Butterfly leads the way. At NCTTA headquarters, we are delighted to have Butterfly return for the second consecutive year as one of the lead sponsors of our Collegiate Table Tennis Championships in Rockford, Illinois.
Fans who go to the Forest City Tennis Center in Rockford will notice a sea of Butterfly tables, and countless Butterfly table tennis balls spinning at our tournament in the Land of Lincoln from April 12-14. The event will attract about 300 of North America’s best collegiate players from 50 colleges.
Having Butterfly on our team makes the NCTTA’s three-day table tennis marathon so much better.
“We’ve loved our partnership with Butterfly ever since the announcement was first made and continue to be impressed with the company’s deep inroads throughout the table tennis world,” said National Collegiate Table Tennis Association President Willy Leparulo. “We hope the partnership continues to blossom at the 2013 tournament and beyond.”
Butterfly leaders are happy to be a big part of our championship games once again.
“Butterfly is proud to sponsor the NCTTA College Table Tennis Championships for the second consecutive year,” said Bowie Martin, Jr., president of Butterfly North America.
The NCTTA and Butterfly, he said, “have a common goal of growing table tennis participation through college team league and tournament play.”
Since becoming the national organization for college table tennis in 1999, the NCTTA has grown in terms of teams and players participating, Martin noted. As a result of these positive steps, the NCTTA is “the leading grassroots table tennis organization in North America,” the Butterfly leader said.
The NCTTA oversees competition every year involving 160 colleges and universities in the USA and Canada. Following divisional and regional tournament play during the 2012-2013 season, the cream of the crop is traveling to Rockford for the National Championships. Texas Wesleyan University prevailed as the coed team champion last season, while Lindenwood University in Missouri captured the women’s title in 2012. Both squads will be strong again in mid-April, but will face stiff opposition. Butterfly banners will be quite visible once the games begin in a few days.
“Congratulations to the teams and players participating in this year’s College Championships. The Butterfly team wishes you a great experience with the competition and friendly camaraderie,” Martin said.
When players put down their paddles and take a break from practices leading up to the championships, there’s plenty of time to check out the vast resources on the Butterfly website.
From featured videos like the 2013 World Team Classic that pits Ma Long against Chuang Chih-Yuan to tips from experts, there’s always something interesting on the Butterfly website. The 2013 Butterfly Cary Cup Semifinals with Eugene Wang facing Damien Provost in early April is another must-see video.
The NCTTA has another terrific sponsor working with us. That would be Tennessee-based Newgy Industries that’s best known for its table tennis robot a machine that shoots table tennis balls at varying speeds and spins. It’s the most consistent practice partner you’ll find, whether or not there are other players around.
The NCTTA featured the Newgy machine at the 2012 championships in Plano, Texas and it’s coming back for the 2013 games in Rockford. It’s an instant hit for table tennis fans and players, young and old alike. Roger Dickson from Newgy will be at the NCTTA Championships in Rockford to show off the robot and all its qualities!
Newgy Industries is really committed to NCTTA players. And it’s more than talk. The innovative company works with NCTTA leaders to provide the annual National Table Tennis Scholarship program for outstanding table tennis players who also excel in the classroom on college campuses.
NCTTA leaders like President Willy Leparulo and Vice President Joe Wells applaud the company for their efforts to promote such scholarships and make other moves to enhance collegiate table tennis. “We join the entire NCTTA family in welcoming Newgy as we get set to begin the 2013 championships in Rockford,” Leparulo said.
Newgy Industries is pitching in as the official barrier sponsor of the 2013 College Table Tennis Championships. For more information, go to www.newgy.com.
Butterfly serves as the official table and equipment sponsor of the 2012-2014 NCTTA League and College Table Tennis Championships. For more information, go to www.butterflyonline.com
But companies are champions when it comes to our favorite Olympic sport. Their products always make nice gifts for table tennis lovers year-round!
The 2013 College Table Tennis Championships is hosted by the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association and the Rockford Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and is one of the most competitive table tennis tournaments in North America featuring 6 events: Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles, and Men’s/Coed Teams, Women’s Teams. The event is sponsored by Newgy Industries, Butterfly, PR etc. Rockford Table Tennis Club, Fitzgerald Equipment, Rockford Park District
Full list of participants and seeds: http://www.nctta.org/champs/2013/news.html
Players and spectators alike will enjoy a jam-packed weekend of table tennis at the 2013 College Table Tennis Championships. The event starts Friday April 12th and continues to Sunday April 14th at the Forrest Tennis Center in Rockford, Illinois.
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. www.nctta.org
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