Dallas/Ft. Worth Table Tennis (DFWTT) is one of USATT’s thriving table tennis powerhouses in the Texas Metroplex area. Originally formed in 1996, the organization has blossomed into numerous facilities, boasting a membership of more than 100 dedicated participants. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily halted play, it’s the perfect time to look back on how DFWTT has promoted table tennis and contributed to their community, as well as their goals for the future.
First off, decorated player, coach and DFWTT founder Donna Chen attribute the great success of her club to several factors. “DFWTT has a vision that we need to bring table tennis into the community,” Chen says. “More locations make it possible for near-by players easier to come to play.” There are four places to play and they are opened at varying days and times throughout the week and weekend.
Chen also points out that table tennis is perfect for any skill level as well as any demographic, making it convenient and approachable to start or continue training.
Since 2007, after paying the last expenses on tables, Chen and her club have demonstrated a solid commitment to charities and volunteer efforts.
According to Chen, “DFWTT believes that helping others is the best way to feedback to the community that we live”
As their website states, thus far DFWTT has contributed $12,783.57 to charitable organizations, so they are making their mark in Texas!
Volunteerism is also a huge part of what makes DFWTT successful. Chen says that her club went through a long search to find the perfect helpers, and she and her facility also tried to find what her volunteers’ respective talents were so that they could contribute efficiently to the organization.
When asked what words of wisdom she had for clubs aspiring such success as hers she had this to say: “Have a dream (or a vision) and Never give up. Different table tennis clubs have different goals. In addition to regular table tennis club activities, DFWTT chooses nontraditional actions to mingle into the local communities.”
One future goal, Chen says, will be to work with economically disadvantaged schoolchildren. “We have a dream to do something more (different) than what regular table tennis clubs are doing,” she relates.
Kudos to DFWTT on a job well done thus far, and best of luck in future endeavors when our favorite Olympic sport is back in commission.