Cary, North Carolina Selected to Host North American Championships in Table Tennis
Cary, N.C – For the third time in 2012, Cary, North Carolina’s Bond Park Community Center will play host to a major continental Table Tennis event. The North American Championships are scheduled to be held August 31 – September 2, and will feature the top players in the hemisphere.
The event is open to players from the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and Greenland. Continental champions will be determined in men’s and women’s events. Additionally, a Junior team event will determine entries into Junior Worlds and a Cadet boys and girls event will determine selections for the World Cadet Challenge. Pending the number of entries, competition will be a round robin format followed by a single elimination bracket.
“USA Table Tennis’s confidence in Cary as a major event host has been proven with their willingness to bring a third event to the Town in a calendar year,” said Hill Carrow, CEO of the Triangle Sports Commission. “The Town of Cary, the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Triangle Sports Commission, and the Cary Table Tennis Association are excited to once again welcome the continent’s top table tennis athletes to Cary.”
“Cary has proven itself as an excellent host after an outstanding job with the Olympic Trials earlier this year,” said Mike Cavanaugh, CEO of USA Table Tennis. “Our familiarity with the venue and staff, along with great fan support, makes it an easy decision to bring the North American Championships to Cary this September.”
About USA Table Tennis
USATT is the national organizing body for table tennis in the United States. Created in 1933 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, its staff serves the 9000+ members and 285+ clubs that are affiliated with USATT. It oversees a wide variety of membership services, the national teams, and other areas such as the rules of the game, and numerous online instructional and historical articles. It is governed and run by the 9 members of the board of directors, numerous committees, and paid staff. USATT is affiliated with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), the world governing body for table tennis, as well as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
About the Town of Cary
The Town of Cary is a thriving community in the heart of the Triangle area of North Carolina, between Raleigh and renowned Research Triangle Park. Cary, with a population of around 143,000, has ranked among the top regions in the country to live or work, to find a home or start a business, to raise a family or retire. The Town is a designated North Carolina Fit Community and was selected by the NCAA to serve as one of the inaugural members in its “NCAA Championship City” pilot program, annually hosting NCAA Division I, II, and III men’s and women’s championships through the year 2012. This year, Cary became the home of a Continental Basketball League’s team, Cary Invasion. For more on recreation in Cary, visit www.townofcary.org.
About the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, as the official destination marketing organization of Raleigh and Wake County, accelerates sustainable economic growth and development by increasing visitor, sports and convention business. For more information on the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau sports marketing department, please visit www.raleighsports.org.
About the Triangle Sports Commission
Incorporated in 2001, the Triangle Sports Commission is a North Carolina charitable non-profit organization serving the Triangle region. The TSC led the Triangle's recruitment effort for the relocation of USA Baseball from Arizona that resulted in USA Baseball’s new headquarters at Durham Bulls Athletic Park and their National Training Complex at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary. In 2008, the TSC hosted the Lenovo Olympic Celebration featuring 31 Olympic athletes, where Jim Scherr, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, announced the TSC as the USOC’s newest Community Olympic Partner. In 2012 the TSC hosted the U.S. Olympic Trials – Table Tennis as well as the North America 2012 Olympic Games Qualification Tournament for Table Tennis. For more information on the Triangle Sports Commission, visit www.trianglesportscommission.com.