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April 4, 2013
Coming to a City Near You – 2013 College Table Tennis Championships
Forest City Tennis Center in Rockford Hosts One of the Most Competitive Table Tennis Events in North America
The 2013 College Table Tennis National Championships will be held on April 12-14, 2013 at the Forest City Tennis Center in Rockford, Illinois. Teams from over forty universities from across North America are expected to compete.
The competition begins on Friday, April 12 with the preliminary singles, doubles, and team events. Players will battle for singles titles on Saturday, April 13, and the team competition concludes on Sunday, April 14.
The 50,000 square foot Forest City Tennis Center boasts seven full-size indoor tennis courts, where the competition will be held. Additional amenities of the Forest City Tennis Center include two full-size outdoor tennis courts, two basketball courts, and two racquetball courts. The lobby and lounge are both equipped with wireless internet access.
The 2013 College Table Tennis National Championships are sponsored by the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Butterfly, and Newgy. Roger Dickson, head coach for Newgy Table Tennis, believes that the passion and talent of the athletes at the Championships proves that the support given is valuable. “We are very thankful for the support we can give to all the athletes at this event. We hope that the local community sees not only the physical skills, but the sportsmanship, drive and desire this group has for a ‘recreational’ activity to have its own national championships.”
Preparation for the Nationals is extensive, as it encompasses the perfection of physical skill combined with mental and emotional practice. Ben Kubesh, the number one player for the University of Minnesota table tennis club, shares that he practices his athletic skills at least four times per week. The preparation, however, does not stop there. “I am also starting to attend a weekly coaching clinic to refine my game. In terms of mental and emotional preparation, it's mainly just competition experience and going in with the ideas of both playing hard and having fun,” he said.
The prospect of the Nationals competition does not merely inspire a determination to win for many athletes. The excited fervor of the competition brings out athletes’ true passion and dedication for the sport of table tennis. Gina Lin, captain of the University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s table tennis team, finds that focusing on the passion for the sport brings out the best in her team. “My goal for the team is always for them to enjoy themselves and love the sport and competition associated with college table tennis,” she said. “I believe it is important that the team is motivated to participate in NCTTA because they want to play table tennis and not solely because they enjoy being part of a winning team, since that can change so easily.”
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 through Sunday April 14th at the Forest City 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
About USA Table Tennis
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, USATT is the national organizing body for table tennis in the United States, serving 9,000+ members and nearly 300 clubs. USATT sanctions 200+ events a year including the US Open and US Nationals. USATT is affiliated with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), as well as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). www.usatt.org