HW Global Foundation and the Talent Development Program at MDTTC
By Larry Hodges
If you go to the U.S. Nationals or U.S. Open Table Tennis Championships, you'll find lots of junior players. Most are from training programs at full-time clubs, under the direction of full-time coaches. When they play matches, sitting in their corner in nearly every match is one of those coaches, giving them advice throughout the match. But what happens when your club is 3000 miles away, and in addition to paying them, you have to fly out and house these coaches? That gets to be expensive - $10,000+ expensive, in the case of the coaches from the Maryland Table Tennis Center (MDTTC), who coach the junior players in HW Global Foundation's Talent Development Program (TDP) at MDTTC. It's a lot of money for parents to pay, when they already pay for their kids training and tournament expenses.
To pay for this and supplementing coaching expenses of other national ranking tournaments throughout the year, HWGlobal Foundation (HWGF) has a fundraiser at GoFundMe.com - and has raised over $12,000! HWGF not only paid for six coachesincluding Wang Qingliang, Cheng Yinghua, Jack Huang, Martin Jezo, John Hsu, and myself, but also for a three-day camp held in Las Vegas just before the tournament, so the players could better acclimate themselves - higher altitude (so thinner air, so ball travels differently), three-hour time difference, and the playing conditions - tables, floors, and backgrounds. (I did my part, running a volunteer Serving Seminar at MDTTC that raised $400.)
This led to some excellent results, both in individual matches, and in the events themselves. Stanley Hsu (10) made the semifinals of Hopes Boys' Singles; he and Mu Du (also 10) made the semifinals of Minicadet Boys' Doubles, and the two, along with Ryan Lee (12) made the semifinals of Minicadet Boys' Teams. Mu Du made the quarterfinals of Hopes Boys' Singles, while James Zhang (12) made the final 16. Ryan Lin and Winston Wu made the quarterfinals of Boys Under 10 event. Others gained the experience that will lead to future success.
HW Global Foundation is extremely gratified to receive the appreciation of its TDP families as their children learn and grow through TDP. One email they recently received states as follows:
Dear coaches,Thank you for giving (my child) the opportunity to join Talent Development Program. (My child) learned invaluable lessons from you and the teammates. This experience is life changing and cannot be learned from books. (He) is very lucky to have you as his coaches. Thanks again for your coaching and this great educational program. - H.L. (an HW Global Foundation TDP parent)
HW Global Foundation's fundraising campaign is on-going, with an annual goal of raising $15,000 for 2019. If you would like to help kids reach their full potential in table tennis and/or in life, please donate now and join HWGF's effort.
HW Global Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping kids reach their full potential. The Foundation also provides merit and need-based scholarships to student athletes and provide training and professional development of instructors and coaches. In addition to being a part of the Foundation's TDP Team where the team approach is emphasized in its group training sessions, these young TDP players belong to MDTTC and take regular private lessons from the professional MDTTC coaches, who have produced many U.S. National Team Members and Champions.
HWGF gives sincere thanks to JOOLA for its sponsorship - they also sponsor MDTTC - and to the many donors who have made generous contribution to its successful table tennis programs since its inception in Fall 2015. For more information about HW Global Foundation 's Talent Development Program' and its Application and Tryouts for the 2019-2020 School Year, please visit HWGlobal.org or email them at Hwglobalfoundation@gmail.com.