With minor delay, this report details the results that the ITTF Foundation has achieved in the third quarter of 2021, together with our generous partners, dedicated project leaders, and the table tennis community worldwide. It highlights the ways in which the ITTF Foundation has lived our core value – solidarity through table tennis – by supporting positive social change through programmes across continents.

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The ITTF Foundation has published a Grassroots Ping Pong Diplomacy toolkit with guidelines for those who wish to use table tennis to ease tension and strengthen friendship within their communities.

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From event ideas to impact evaluation, the ITTF Foundation has created the 2022 World Table Tennis Day toolkit to help table tennis enthusiasts around the world organise memorable events this April 6.

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With World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) 2022 fast approaching, let us take a walk down memory lane and relive the highlights of the past editions.

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25 Promoters from all five continents have been selected to help the ITTF Foundation to promote grassroots diplomacy through table tennis on the 50th anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy.

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EduDrive, the Dream Building Fund initiative in Ghana has proven that table tennis is a strong motivator to keep children in school. By taking part in the table tennis training, EduDrive project participants have reported a boost in confidence, as well as better social interactions, on top of improving academic performance.

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Since its launch in June 2020, the #TableTennisUnited Fund had supported over 118 initiatives globally. Albeit we have entered 2022 with the unfortunate news of Omicron, #TableTennisUnited Fund remains the silver lining to the Covid-19 crisis, sending help to the worldwide table tennis community thanks to 57 donors and the support of the ITTF Group.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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