Listeners of a Chicago radio station were recently treated to news about table tennis in the Windy City.
That's right. The chatter wasn't about baseball's Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series for the first time in more than a century. It wasn't to hear more talk about President-elect Trump, the NBA's Chicago Bulls, the NFL's Chicago Bears or the incredible taste of Chicago pizza.
Table tennis took center stage during the broadcast as NCTTA's Upper Midwest Division Director Arcot Naresh served as the guest. Lumpen Radio's informative 105.5 FM station reaches half of Chicago and spills over to the suburbs west of the biggest city in Illinois.
On the station with a real heart for its community, Naresh told listeners about one of the loves of his life: table tennis. He's the founder of Chicago Code Pong.
In case you haven't heard, Chicago Code Pong is an interesting organization that brings together Chicago area professionals from various lines of work to play table tennis.
Essentially, Arcot's creation serves a really good cause: attracting career-minded people to network, play table tennis and build friendships.
An estimated 450 people are members of this Chicago "meet-up'' that centers around the fantastic Olympic sport played by people of all ages.
On the radio program "Chicago Tech Scene,'' Naresh mentioned the rapid growth of table tennis for employees working in Silicon Valley tech companies in California. It seems that table tennis is on an exponential growth spurt for many high-tech companies on the West Coast. The trend is happening in San Jose, Los Angeles, San Francisco, near Stanford University or other zip codes.
It's occurring elsewhere around the nation. The latest meeting of the Chicago Code Pong players was set for December 9 at the Killerspin House at 135 South LaSalle Street in Chicago. The group meets every other month.
During his visit at the Chicago radio station, Naresh also briefly plugged his work with the NCTTA. And he mentioned the fact that a select few USA colleges offer scholarships to outstanding table tennis players. The NCTTA oversees more than 150 college table tennis teams in the USA and Canada. The 2017 season ends with the 2017 national championships in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in April.
At the radio station, Melanie Adcock interviewed the NCTTA Upper Midwest Division director and asked about his kids. Naresh is a proud father with children who are amazing table tennis players in youth ranks.
While on air, Arcot gave a nice shout out to the T 4 Youth Table Tennis Tournament in his hometown in the Illinois metropolis. The event enabled companies to raise money for the Chicago Tech Academy.
"We applaud Arcot Naresh for his hard work year-round with the Upper Midwest Division, and promoting table tennis in the Chicago area,'' said NCTTA President Willy Leparulo. "We think his radio show appearance is just one more sign that our favorite sport is growing in popularity across America.''
For more information, go to www.meetup.com or contact the NCTTA's Arcot Naresh.