HUNDREDS of young table tennis enthusiasts from all over Metro Manila gathered as the Philippine Table Tennis Academy (PTTA) conducted its inaugural Summer Table Tennis Clinic at the Mandaluyong Elementary School Gymnasium in Mandaluyong City.
PTTA president and founder Jon Ebuen, a former national athlete and top-ranked table tennis player in the country, was pleased with the success of their summer camp, which hopes to develop future Philippine team members and introduce kids to the sport the right way.
"We made this first ever Summer Table Tennis Camp to increase the awareness of the kids [on how to play table tennis]," said Ebuen. "I would like to thank also all the participants who attended the camp, the parents, and the government of Mandaluyong City for making this summer camp possible."
Ebuen said the summer camp was held for kids of all ages who play basic, intermediate and advance table tennis. The six-day camp was facilitated by the best tennis coaches, headed by Bhong Allorde, Gener Galang and Myralee Joy Bulda.
"I really want to make table tennis a mainstream sport like basketball and volleyball. That's how I envisioned it together with the PTTA," added Ebuen.
PTTA board member Charrise Abalos was also elated with the turnout and the interest shown by young kids to develop in a sport she believes Filipinos can excel in.
"We are very glad if we can produce the best table tennis players who will play for our country in the future and that's our goal," said Abalos. "You were in good hands in this Summer Camp."