Love of Table Tennis Unites Volunteers, Organizers and Competitors

By Barbara Wei | Aug. 19, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

2014 LA Open

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Love of Table Tennis Unites Volunteers, Organizers and Competitors

As the 2014 Butterfly Los Angeles Open comes to a close, organizers, players and volunteers are already looking forward to next year’s event.  As the biggest tournament in California, the annual Los Angeles Open has become a highly anticipated tournament for the entire U.S. table tennis community. This year, the tournament reached a record high number of entries, with 334 players in attendance. Headliner Chih-Yuan Chuang (WR #7) did not disappoint, as he demonstrated his table tennis prowess to capture the crown. He will join 2012 and 2013 Los Angeles Open winner Dimitrij Ovtcharov (WR #4) in the elite Los Angeles Open winner’s circle.  

Dr. Yungtai Hsu, the founder of the Los Angeles Open, created the annual event to promote the sport of table tennis for players and fans in California and the United States. His love of the sport drove him to establish the tournament 4 years ago. It is that same energy that drove this year’s organizing committee, volunteers, players, coaches and spectators to come and participate in the event. The 60 volunteers at this year’s event assisted in a wide variety of ways including parking/traffic control, event coordination (table set up, lighting, flooring), ticketing, sales promotion, and tournament direction. 

As the players, coaches, spectators and volunteers return home, the organizing committee is already thinking ahead to next year’s event. Some of the goals for next year include increased number of players, spectators and world class champions. Butterfly looks forward to continuing sponsorship of high level tournaments in the future.

Continual coverage of the 2014 Butterfly Los Angeles Open and stories about the athletes will be available at butterflyonline.com, or via Butterfly North America’s twitter and facebook pages.