Kroc Center Hampton Roads and Table Tennis Charity Host PaddleFEST 2015


The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in partnership with Table Tennis Charity Foundation proudly presents PaddleFEST 2015. The two-day family friendly event kicks off on Friday, June 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. with a great silent auction complete with vendors and special entertainment. The fun continues at 8:30 Saturday morning with the celebrated PaddleFEST Ping Pong Challenge.

The Kroc Center has partnered with Table Tennis Charity Foundation for this engaging event. Table Tennis Charity Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of raising awareness of the therapeutic value ping pong has for brain fitness and mental health. Funds from PaddleFEST 2015 will aid the Joshua P. Darden Scholarship Fund.

paddlefestThe Kroc Center started the Joshua P. Darden Scholarship Fund to make programs and membership available to everyone. These scholarships are available because of the support of businesses, organizations and individuals within the Hampton Roads community and are available for adults, children and families to participate in empowering programs offered at The Kroc Center.

PaddleFEST 2015 is designed for players of all levels including professionals, amateurs, closet players, those who used to play and others who simply love the sport. Whether a person is eight or 78, there will be an event for them to participate. Ping Pong is not only a high energy and entertaining sport, it also cross-trains the brain. According to Dr. Scott Sautter, a Neuropsychologist:

When you actually engage the brain, in doing activities like this, it is called neuroplasticity. You are actually making new connections in the brain that allow you to essentially translate those skills, to other activities. You are engaging the brain in terms of prefrontal cortex for strategy, to return plays, eye-hand coordination and balance.

Table Tennis, or ping pong, happens to be the world’s best brain sport and is a better aerobic exercise than most might imagine; it gives the brain one heck of a workout. A fascinating brain imaging study from Japan found that just 10 minutes of the sport increases activity in the prefrontal cortex and cerebellum. It is like aerobic chess and is great for hand-eye coordination and reflexes.

PaddleFEST 2015 will not only provide scholarship opportunities for families in need, but it promotes brain fitness for all ages. Again, ping pong is for everyone and anyone, regardless of their skill level or age. The event would not be possible without the amazing support of corporate sponsors, friends and, of course, the host, The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. This is the perfect venue to accommodate the silent auction and recreational ping pong tournament.paddlefest

On Friday night, Dr. Sautter will share the benefits of cross-training the brain with ping pong, The Kroc’s mascot RJ will play ping pong with the kids, silent auction with items such as a signed football from Emmitt Smith and Staycations within the area and New York Life will host Child Identity at one of the stations. Come and enjoy live music with Elements Band VA and check out Z104’s Brandon Stokes, aka Shaggy, as he gets his ping-pong challenge on.

PaddleFEST 2015 not only provides scholarship opportunities for families in need, but it promotes brain fitness. For more information on registration, pricing and to learn more about this exciting event, visit the website at For details on sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please contact Sandy Sekeet at 757-502-4003 or by email at [email protected]

This family friendly event is being held at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center which is located at 1401 Ballentine Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23504. It kicks off on Friday, June 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. with a great silent auction, vendors, and special entertainment.  The event will continue at 8:30 Saturday morning with the PaddleFEST Ping Pong Challenge. Come support and/or show off those ping-pong skills while helping raise funds for an awesome cause.

by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)


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