Together, we are #TableTennisUnited!
The world is still suffering due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Through the #TableTennisUnited campaign, we are reaching out to the table tennis community who need a helping hand in these challenging times.
#TableTennisUnited is a signal of defiant solidarity in the face of a Covid-19 enforced shutdown of the sport. The donation campaign is powered by us and supported by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and World Table Tennis (WTT) – the new commercial and events vehicle of the ITTF. Together, we have committed to donate more than USD 250,000 to the cause.
Each of us is taking a stand to support the table tennis family in its entirety, because we feel obliged to take on responsibility: WTT is looking for solutions for players, the ITTF will support its members, while we support the community through field projects around the globe.
So, giving and helping each other is the order of the day for us. Together, we can make our contribution in this challenging time so that the community spirit rises above all else. This vision should bring us even closer together and give us strength for the future.
How we support
It’s more important than ever that the table tennis community receives all the support it requires and the #TableTennisUnited campaign will lend its hand in a number of key areas.
- To aid the distribution of basic emergency needs related to the Covid-19 outbreak.
- To support the provision of material and products on site (masks, disinfectants, protective suits, hygiene articles, necessities, etc.)
- To support medical treatments for athletes, teams, coaches, other ITTF family members and the community at our field projects.
#TableTennisUnited will also be raising awareness by providing official information about suitable protective measures against Covid-19 through manuals and instructions (e.g. instructions on how to make masks and protectors with existing materials).
We welcome any assistance with supplying important equipment and material to help protect the table tennis community from the impact of Covid-19.
If you can offer relevant donations in kind, please contact us for details.
Who we support
#TableTennisUnited is supporting the entire table tennis family worldwide, who are in need of help: from athletes, coaches and umpires, to national associations and field projects.
The virus is a massive threat in the developing world, but our partners are growing to the challenge to help their communities to stay safe, optimistic, and mindful.
In April, we decided to reallocate funds towards solutions generated by the project leaders from our field projects to alleviate the impact of Covid-19 on their communities. As the effects of the pandemic drag on, our Dream Building Fund partners have shifted their activities dramatically to bring solutions to the immediate needs of their communities: food, hygiene kits, information and education.
Grantees in Ecuador, Ghana, India, Kenya, and Uganda have adapted and brought solutions to their communities in these challenging times. We continue to stand by all our grantees during this global crisis.
#TableTennisUnited social media campaign
Our table tennis community is one of the 10 largest sports communities in the world, with presence in 226 nations. Fully in keeping with the spirit of collective togetherness, #TableTennisUnited will promote solidarity through sport via the #PassTheBallOn social media campaign.
#PassTheBallOn sees selected ambassadors recording special messages to call for support for the campaign while holding on to the ball, before passing it on to the next person. The compilation video of all the ambassadors’ messages is then published on all ITTF and ITTF Foundation social media platforms during the launch of the campaign.
Stars pledge their support
A common theme seen throughout the campaign is standing alongside the whole table tennis community and that includes the very best players the sport has to offer pledging their backing for the campaign.
“I am not only a professional table tennis player, but part of our society, which is asked more than ever to stick together and take responsibility in these challenging times. I support our international campaign #TableTennisUnited and our global fight against Covid-19. Together we are stronger. Join us!" Timo Boll, German table tennis player
"As long as I can remember playing table tennis, we have never faced such a global challenge in the world of sports. I am firmly convinced that we can only overcome this crisis together as a team. I support our campaign #TableTennisUnited to do my part to help where our aid is most needed right now. Join us with your donation!" Ding Ning, Chinese table tennis player