The 40th Anniversary Celebration of Ping Pong Diplomacy

June 10, 2011, 2:21 a.m. (ET)

 Friday, July 1, 2011 – Milwaukee Art Museum

                                                       6:00 pm to 9:00pm

Milwaukee is the first stop of the national celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy.

In 1971, a series of table tennis matches between the People’s Republic of China and the USA helped lay the groundwork for the eventual establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this widely acknowledged diplomatic breakthrough known as Ping Pong Diplomacy (PPD), USA Table Tennis is partnering with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the metro Milwaukee business community to welcome a 14- member Chinese delegation to stage a PPD Exhibition on Friday, July 1 at the beautiful Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI.

The Chinese delegation will be led by distinguished members of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, the Chinese Olympic Committee and members of the original 1971 PPD delegation.  Exhibition matches will showcase original ’71 players from both nations along with matches featuring current elite players and junior elite players from both nations.

Guests are invited to gather at 6 pm for a viewing of “The Emperor’s Private Paradise,” a unique collection of more than 90 art treasures on loan from Beijing’s Forbidden City.  There will be a lead- in table tennis exhibition featuring Milwaukee’s own and Las Vegas headliner and prominent television personality, Frank Caliendo, at 6:30 pm.  Multi-medalist Olympian Bonnie Blair and former NFL quarterback and Olympian Randy Dean will address the audience.   A formal dinner will follow and the evening will conclude with the feature table tennis matches including US Open participant and comedian Frank Caliendo.

The price for this very special evening is $125 per person and tables of eight are available for $1,000.  A table purchase will entitle the purchaser to be included in the over-all event promotion and recognition. Additional sponsorship opportunities and recognition are available.  Participants will also receive a special credential identifying them as a PPD Honored Guest and this credential will entitle each to free admission to the U.S. Table Tennis Open and U.S. Para Open being conducted at the Frontier Airlines Center July 2, 3 and 4 that same weekend!

Reservations may be sent to and checks made payable to:

USA Table Tennis
Ting Jie Wang, Ph.D.
4072 North Downer Avenue
Shorewood, WI 53211

If you have questions, please contact:

Ross Brown
PPD Event Co-Chairman
706-296-2943 (cell)

Make your reservation ASAP as seats are limited!  Be a part of history!