Local kids swing to success through the gift of ping pong
Carole Meekins, Stephanie Graham
Photo: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE - Some local Boys and Girls Club kids could be future Olympians, thanks to ping pong. Experts from Spin Milwaukee are teaching students the ins and outs of table tennis.
Spin donated professional quality tennis tables to 6 local Boys and Girls Clubs.
Marcia Wayer is Director of Marketing for Spin Milwaukee. She says, "We love being part of the donation to Boys and Girls Club and helping kids get involved in tennis. It's a great opportunity for healthy competition that they can apply to different areas of their life."
Kids are clearly having a good time mastering the hollow ball at the Cass Street Boys and Girls Club.
Jacqueline Zeledon is the spokeswoman for the Boys and Girls Club. She says, "We're really glad that Spin Milwaukee was able to help us have these tables for our 10 clubs, we also appreciate working with the Shorewood Table Tennis Club, because at Cass Street the kids will have their own table tennis league come fall."
Mike Jenders is currently the number 5 ranked table tennis player in Wisconsin. He points out the benefits of ping pong prowess. "It really helps teach hand eye coordination discipline, learning rules...its a lot of fun and a great game for kids to play."
"It's another way fun way to use creative learning. With ping pong you have to figure out angles which way to hit the ball. Table tennis translates to other areas of life and thats a benefit too," Zeledon explains.
And thanks to Spin Milwaukee, hundreds of kids will learn a new pasttime. If Mike Jenders has his way, he'll be able to coach an Olympic contender!
"I'm 29 years old, I didn't get to play at an early age like these kids are doing today so my goal is not for myself, but to train kids. my dream is to have a student playing in the Olypmics," he exclaims.
Our own Lance Allan is a part-owner at Spin.