President Philip Johnson has a long history with table tennis, as he has been playing since grade school. He grew up with four older sisters, and a ping pong table always in the basement.
“My sister, Beth, was the one closest to me in age, and the one that I played the most. She was the most competitive,” President Johnson explained. “We used to play all the time growing up.”
The memories from his childhood are part of the reason he introduced the President’s Table Tennis Tournament in the spring 2016, which is back for 2017 on Wednesday, February 15 in Mannerheim Central.
“I am excited to see all of the talent that is going to be at the event this year,” President Johnson said. “I’m also hoping that more girls will come join this year because we only had one last year.”
President Johnson is receiving help from students Jonathan Barnes and Tyler Borkadi to put this year’s event on.
“Last year was fun,” Barnes expressed. “If you love the sport, or just enjoy having fun then this is an event to come to.”
Barnes was the winner of last year’s event. Being that he was in the top four, Barnes had to play President Johnson in a one-on-one match, a match Barnes described as “full of competition.” In the end Barnes took the win. He received the first place prize, plus an additional $25 for beating President Johnson.
In this year’s tournament first place will be given $100, second place gets $75, third place get $50 and fourth place gets $25, but wait there is more. President Johnson himself will be challenging the top four in a match. If they beat him they will get an additional $25 added to their amount.
Hurry and register while you can. All registrations are due by Tuesday, February 14. There are sign up sheets as you walk into the café and at the Resident Advisor’s Desk in Finlandia Hall. Registrations can also be handled by emailing Jonathan Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tyler Borkadi at email@example.com. This event is open for students, faculty and staff to sign up.Tags: President Johnson, Table Tennis