Decades of Friendship Draw Team “Arnold’s Avengers” to 2014 Butterfly Thanksgiving Teams

By Barbara Wei | Oct. 30, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

Decades of Friendship Draw Team “Arnold’s Avengers” to 2014 Butterfly Thanksgiving Teams

2014 Butterfly Team ChampionshipsJef Savage, team leader of “Arnold’s Avengers”, still remembers the first time he met 2014 Butterfly Thanksgiving Teams tournament director Danny Seemiller more than a decade and a half ago. Savage, originally from England, had recently moved to the United States and had traveled to Colorado Springs, CO for a coaching seminar led by Danny Seemiller and Mark Nordby in 2001. As one of the first arrivers, Savage explored his surroundings and accidentally ran into Seemiller and Nordby in their dorm rooms. Savage remembers Seemiller “acting like a normal guy”, and instantly connected with his modest and friendly approach to table tennis. The two became quick friends, and continued to keep in touch throughout the years.

More than 10 years after meeting Seemiller for the first time, Savage avidly signed up for the first Butterfly Thanksgiving Teams event held in 2012. He described his experience of that event as a “special occasion” where all of the tournament staff were extraordinarily personable and friendly. After seeing the entry form for this year’s event, Savage and his team did not hesitate to sign up again. In addition to enjoying a great table tennis competition held by friendly and familiar faces, Savage hopes to see his friend and role model, Danny Seemiller, again. Savage’s teammates Thomas Huff, Ben Arnold and Cheok Yeun Ng echo his desires to not only compete in the Butterfly Thanksgiving Teams tournament, but also to experience and enjoy an event that focuses exclusively on providing a good experience to the players. For Savage, and many of his teammates, this tournament may be one of the last they travel to before retiring from competitive play. 

The 2014 Butterfly Thanksgiving Team tournament is currently still accepting entries. To sign up or learn more about the tournament, please visit http://butterflyteams.com or contact Danny Seemiller (574-654-7476). Early bird pricing of $549/team is available until November 1st

Continual coverage of the 2014 Butterfly Teams Tournament and stories about the athletes will be available at butterflyonline.com, or via Butterfly North America’s twitter and facebook pages.