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We knew we were in for a big event when we found out that TopSpin 2012 was sold out three weeks in advance. Held again at 82 Mercer, this year’s event was the largest to date. Over 150 players competed in the either the open tournament, corporate challenge or celebrity division.

This year’s center court was the main attraction, surrounded by bleachers, moving lights, projections and an elevated umpire chair where table tennis pro Wally Green held court! Center Court saw New York Knicks great Allan Houston knock off former Chicago Bulls guard Ron Harper to win the Celebrity Tournament, Cecilia Chen win the Team Up Challenge and Williams Forrest take home the Corporate Challenge title. Center Court also hosted professional demonstrations and an impromptu match between Jerry Stackhouse of the Brooklyn Nets and 30 Rock star (and ping pong enthusiast) Judah Friedlander.

No matter where you looked, athletes, executives and leaders in business and education were playing ping pong, networking and most importantly lending their time to raise money and awareness for this year’s three chosen charities: Change for Kids, Horizons – Brooklyn Friends School and Fayetteville-Manlius, A Better Chance.

Take the time to visit to learn more about the cause and see how you can lend support throughout the year.

Written by: Santo D’Asaro

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