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Olympic Spikes and Smashes Hit Las Vegas

By Kim Gilbert | Nov. 03, 2018, 9:04 p.m. (ET)




Las Vegas Festival Grounds turned into a field of dreams for the public last month at the p1440 Event Series (October 17-21) featuring a slew of past, present, and future Olympians.  At these family friendly events, you and yours could be foot loose and fancy free to roam the grounds and partake in a myriad of activities including the Olympic Trials for 2020 in Tokyo beach volleyball competition, the FIVB Las Vegas Open presented by p1440, world class table tennis coaching clinics and exhibitions by Pongstarz, pro challenges with prize giveaways from Cornilleau, social ping-pong games, field games, yoga, sports clinics, meet and greets with sports stars, live music, fantastic food, and cocktails.  The setting certainly made you feel like you were visiting a bustling Olympic Village with elite athletes from many nations!  

p1440 (founded by 3-time Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings) recently partnered with Pongstarz (founded by 3-time U.S. Olympic Festival table tennis gold medalist Kim Gilbert) and MGM Grand International for the Las Vegas event, while their inaugural event series launched in September in San Jose, CA.  These unique and well received 3-day events are not only redefining their respective sports, but the amalgamation of these popular Olympic sports and related activities has had synergistic benefits for their respective teams of athletes as well as for their guests and participants. 


s a guest, you and your family are sure to be kept quite active through the numerous sports clinics hosted by Pongstarz and led by elite table tennis coach Anastasia Rybka along with the jaw dropping table tennis exhibitions featuring Team USA's Table Tennis Olympian Lily Zhang and Pongstarz Pro Kim Gilbert (video).   Learning to play like a pro is a breeze when you have Anastasiia’s exceptional coaching skills which were highlighted throughout the event series by engaging thousands of guests, sports stars, musicians, and celebrities to participate in her sports clinics.  Her masterful and extraordinary coaching skills proved to be a critical factor for Pongstarz being voted as p1440’s #1 activation out of 150 other vendors and companies who participated in each 3-day event in the series.

Each of the p1440 Event Series broadcasts live on the final day of each series on a national network, so keep your eye on the ball for upcoming p1440 events in San Diego and Huntington Beach, CA as well as future events in 2019!  So plan to be entertained for hours (if not days) as you join the crowd in cheering Kerri Walsh Jennings on to her sixth Olympic run to Tokyo in 2020!