Ping pong club grows after winning grant

Samuel Jones

According to Wikipedia Ping pong is “a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small paddle. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net.”

For Decatur students the simple game is a beloved after-school activity and recently a PTSA grant has allowed the club to grow.

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Caleb Spencer gets ready to slam the ball after an easy lob from the opposing doubles team.

Senior Felix Poley began ping pong club for his sophomore project. This was not only to fulfill a requirement, but also a passion.

“I played every day when I was in Berlin for a month between freshman and sophomore year,” Poley said.

Poley wanted a way for students to be able to play ping pong after school, and thus Ping Pong club was born.

Every member has various skill levels. The club is more about fun than honing table tennis skills.

Senior William Swank, an original member, looks forward to Wednesday afternoon ping pong.

“Ping pong club is the absolute after school move. It’s a fun place to hang out with your friends and blow off steam,” Swank said.

Despite the good times, there has been some difficulty.

“We’ve had problems with the tables breaking from misuse, which is tough because we worked hard to get just one,” Poley said.

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Alan Adams, (front), and Bhavya Mital, (back), are playing a doubles game. Two-person teams face off, with the pairs switching with every hit.

Since the group began with just one table, misuse takes a major toll on the club’s resources.

Before the Feb. deadline, Poley wrote out a grant application funded by the Decatur annual fund.

The grant was accepted and thanks to the added funds, the ping pong club was able to purchase two brand new tables.

“It’s smooth sailing from now on,” Poley said.

 

Photos by Samuel Jones