PIING PONG? TABLE TENNIS?

 

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Ping Pong? Table Tennis? Whif whaf? Gossamer? Flim flam? Whatever you call the sport, it is a fun game that can be enjoyed by 2-4 players and is a great indoor sport to entertain kids and adults of all ages. It is the third largest participation sport in the world after soccer and cricket.
The sport actually originated during the last quarter of the 19th century, evolving from the ancient game of Lawn Tennis, fashionable among the upper classes in England. Lawn tennis was adapted to be played indoors on the dining table with improvised equipment. Several board games were created and  in 1890’s Parker Brothers made an indoor tennis kit that included a portable net, a small ball, and paddles. The game continued to evolve.

In England, the Table Tennis Association and its rival Ping Pong Association joined together for one set of rules and regulations, which were revised and established in 1922. In 1926, the International Table Tennis Federation was formed. The game became quite popular in Europe and its popularity spread to Asia. In 1988, for the first time, table tennis was featured in the Olympic Games that were held in Seoul, Korea. Since then, China has continued to dominate the game, winning 24 of a possible 28 Gold medals in 7 Olympic Games. However, the undisputed best ping pong player of all time is Jan-Ove Waldner from Sweden. He won 16 World Championship medals in singles and doubles as well as gold and a silver medal at the Olympics.

Today, not to be intimidated, the game is quite fun and many companies include ping pong tables in their break rooms for stress release and team camaraderie. A proven benefit of ping pong is that is has incredible positive effects on the human brain, helping to develop strategic planning and thinking , increased concentration and alertness, and improving long term memory. We believe wearing our ping pong men’s and women’s novelty socks will get you motivated to play.

What’s not to like about ping pong?!  Get a table, paddles,some socks(ping pong!)  and some balls and get the ball rolling…or bouncing that is!

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