The Austin Table Tennis Club (ATTC) is a nonprofit table tennis association in Austin, TX, and one of a limited number of organizations with the “National Center of Excellence” honor bestowed upon it. According to their website, the ATTC is known for their high caliber coaches, including former Iranian national team member and 2004 Olympian Shahin Akhlaghpasand, as well as former Taiwanese college athlete and later Canadian provincial team member Coach Marguerite Cheung, who is ITTF level 2 certified.
ATTC is also amongst the top three largest table tennis facilities in the U.S. that operate seven days a week.
Moreover, the ATTC has been active in the surrounding table tennis community. According to the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA) President Willy Leparulo, “they [ATTC] have been in the past instrumental in helping us get our nationals to where it has been.” This statement is regarding ATTC’s enthusiasm and stellar volunteerism that supported the 2016 and 2018 NCTTA championships in Round Rock, TX, a neighboring city to Austin. The tournament will be held there again in April 2021.
Jon Dorn is ATTC’s Operations Manager. He’s been with the club since it was created more than 30 years ago. He noted that due to the pandemic and with clubs at a standstill, “Lack of income has brought all planning other than talking of viable online coaching techniques to a halt.” Web-based instruction appears to be the way to go now while physical facilities are temporarily shut down from the coronavirus.
However, Dorn had words of encouragement for his ATTC members yearning for some solace in this uncertain time:
“Take this time away from the club to reconnect with those you love and live with (if possible), start/finish projects you've not had time for and also take time for your own wellness. Be sure to stay healthy and realize that we will get through this and come out stronger than before. Sometimes it takes an absence from something you love to give you a new direction, renewed vigor and appreciation.”
We wish ATTC the very best in ponging positive and getting back on the table tennis track!