ICC's table tennis fundraiser reaches new heights
India Community Center’s (ICC) Table Tennis program had its most successful fundraiser to date raising $100,000 on June 2 at ICC in Milpitas, Calif. This annual event, which showcases the program’s homegrown talent to raise funds to nurture tomorrow’s champions, was attended by over 200 diehard table tennis players and fans.
ICC’s junior players riveted the audience with their technique and passion during the talent exhibition. There were also celebrity challenge matches featuring former California State Controller and ICC Trustee Steve Westly, ICC Co-Founder and Trustee Anil Godhwani and 2012 Men’s & Women’s National Champions and 2012 Olympians Timothy Wang and Lily Zhang.
Anil and Steve led an impassioned plea for additional “fund-a-need” support, in particular providing scholarships for talented players who cannot afford the full-cost of elite training. After seeing the skills displayed by the young budding champions several attendees made generous donations, which helped ICC surpass its goal for the evening.
The ICC Table Tennis program has been growing exponentially since its launch in 2005. In its 8 short years it has become North America’s largest dedicated table tennis center and boasts 22 nationally ranked players. It is home for 2012 US National Men’s and Women’s singles champions and four Cadet and junior national team members. This year it trained 6 players to play for the 2013 US National Junior teams.
118 photos (Courtesy of Tom Nguyen, JOOLA USA)