Three Slum Ping Pong project participants, Shafi, Morris, and Ebenezer have received table tennis scholarships to continue their education at Standard High School – Zzana, Uganda. Supported by the Dream Building Fund, the three champs are the true witnesses of how table tennis can transform lives for disadvantaged children in slums.
Born in the Moldovan capital Chișinău, the now Austrian player shares with us the challenges she had faced as a young player, the inevitable relocation to continue the pursuit of her dream sport, as well as the solution she is bringing for the future generation of Moldovan players.
Creating a new legacy does not mean forgetting the past. We will continue with our current mission and look to extend the spirit of Ping Pong Diplomacy, gender equity and sustainability to all our programmes and projects.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original event, the ITTF Group has declared 2021 and 2022 the biennial of Ping Pong Diplomacy. We find ourselves halfway through the commemoration as 2021 is coming to an end, while a new page of Ping Pong Diplomacy has just begun.
The #TableTennisUnited Fund has supported 109 initiatives worldwide since its launch in June 2020. With the generous donation of 57 donors and the ITTF Group, a total of 406,428 USD (and counting!) is raised and has been distributed to help those that took a hard hit by the pandemic in the table tennis community.
After a long dormant due to Covid-19, EduDrive, a Dream Building Fund 2020 initiative is back on track and on its way to creating a great impact on the lives of slum children in Kweikuma and Ofankor Community in Accra, Ghana.
The International and European Sport Organisation (ISOs) Activate Citizens (INTERACT) website is live now! The INTERACT Project encourages ISOs to develop and promote Sport for All and physical activities. As one of the leading partner organisations, the ITTF Foundation is excited to share our knowledge with ISOs in activating the public to participate in sport.
United States of America (USA), People's Republic of China (China), The Republic of Korea, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPR Korea), and Japan have received the Ping Pong Diplomacy Recognition for their remarkable contribution towards peace-making through table tennis.
Sport is known to be one of the greatest motivators for children and youth around the world. While COVID-19 has caused huge hurdles for table tennis organisations and clubs to keep their young audience engaged, the #TableTennisUnited Fund is sending help to those in need, where the pandemic seems to have taken its toll.