USATT Celebrates 90th Anniversary and Ping Pong Diplomacy with Essay Contest for Youth Table Tennis Players to Win a White Epiphone Guitar and Free Entry into the 2023 US Nationals
(Colorado Springs, CO – February 6, 2023) – USA Table Tennis (“USATT”) the national governing body for the sport of table tennis, today announced the World Peace Guitar Giveaway Creative Writing Contest to celebrate the organization’s historic 90th Anniversary and honor the legacy of Ping Pong Diplomacy. All junior USATT members are invited to enter the creative writing contest which will award one winner a new white acoustic-electric Epiphone guitar and free entry into the 2023 US National Table Tennis Championships in July.
The World Peace Guitar was played by performer, poet, ping pong enthusiast, and long-time advocate of world peace, Nenad Bach, at the Ping Pong Diplomacy Event held during the 2022 US Open in Ontario, California. Mr. Bach, who leads PingPongParkinson, the group responsible for bringing events for persons diagnosed with Parkinson to USATT’s five-star events, donated the World Peace Guitar to USATT to give away to a young and aspiring USATT Member who produces what is determined to be the best creative writing composition on how we can achieve world peace in our lifetime. Mr. Bach’s own essay on how we can attain world peace in one hour can be found at www.wp1h.org. The World Peace Guitar is signed by Mr. Bach, as well as USATT Chief Executive Officer Virginia Sung and ITTF President Petra Sörling.
To be eligible for the contest, you must be a current USATT Member who was under the age of 18 as of December 31, 2022 (i.e., you are eligible for the contest if you turn 18 during 2023). The submitted written composition can be as artistic and imaginative as the creator wants – including poems, song lyrics, or long-form essays. Self-expression performance videos and visual art will also be accepted and considered. The general topics that the creative composition should address are: (i) why world peace is important; (ii) how the legacy of Ping Pong Diplomacy can support and promote the effort for world peace; and (iii) what other steps we can take to attain world peace in our lifetime. Submissions should emailed to email@example.com. The Deadline for contest entry is April 1, 2023. Along with the creative composition, please include the contact information (including a telephone number) for the entrant’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
Members of USATT’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will review the submitted creative compositions and determine a winner of the contest. The decision of the DEI Committee is final. In addition to the World Peace Guitar, the winner will also receive FREE ENTRY (flat fee entry – seven events) into the 2023 US National Table Tennis Championships. No purchases are necessary to enter this contest. The prizes awarded in the Word Peace Guitar Giveaway are non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged for cash or other merchandise. USATT reserves the right to publish any or all submissions, including performance videos, on USATT’s website and/or the organization’s social media outlets.
Questions regarding the USATT World Peace Guitar Giveaway Creative Writing Contest can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.