2016 Annual Topspin Charity Puts Table Tennis on Center Stage in New York
The annual Topspin Charity event was staged on the evening of December 1 at the Metropolitan Pavilion at the heart of New York City and featured table tennis in multiple entertaining forms. The annual event helps raise money for youth education in New York City and draws corporates, celebrities and pro players alike to a single great cause.
The high profile event kicked off in the city yesterday evening with the support of Topspin Charity, sponsors, Joola and USATT. A large group of donors, supporters and players descended on the metro pavilion to enjoy the event. Decorated with a multitude of pop-up food stalls, a bar and a large handful of table tennis tables, the event features a Corporate Tournament, Celebrity Tournament and Pro Tournament.
The former NY Knicks star John Wallace showed great resolve in claiming the celebrity title against Kevin Jonas as proceedings kicked off with other big names, the likes of Buster Skrine of the New York Jets and Larry Johnson present. Comedy star and table tennis enthusiast Judah Friedlander also made a showing at the event later in the evening.
The Corporate Tournament saw Jeff Hsin take the crown over last year's champion Preston Chin in an epic battle of skill and fighting spirit. A draw of over 50 players saw levels from novice to tournament players with everyone sharing a passion for the game and the spirit of friendly competition.
The drawing card for table tennis enthusiasts was the Pro Exhibition Tournament which saw 7 players from the Tri-State area go head to head for the entertainment of an excited crowd. Making a showing at the event were Canada's Shirley Fu, former US National team players Adam Hugh and Michael Landers, Paralympic Gold Medalist Tahl Leibovitz, Egypt's Ahmed Elmalah, US Junior Team member Allen Wang and New Zealand's Matt Hetherington.
A number of entertaining matches went down with the players competing in a clutch single set to 15 points for bragging rights and the Topspin title. Advancing to the final were the former US team players Adam Hugh and Michael Landers, overcoming their opponents to make the final showdown. An array of counterlooping, lobbing and counterdriving rallies put on a display of table tennis at its most thrilling with Adam Hugh coming away with the crown at the end of the night.
Hundreds of spectators and players showed up to support the event, which has had great success since its beginnings in 2009, and no doubt had a big impact for its amazing cause.
A big thank you to Topspin Charity for hosting, Joola for supporting the tournament organization and the Pro players invited to the event for making the evening thoroughly enjoyable for everyone!