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February 7, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU to host Table Tennis Tournament

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It worked for diplomacy and it's expected to help with student recruitment when Slippery Rock University's health and physical education department and the SRU Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Club sponsor a Table Tennis Tournament Feb. 21.

The entry deadline is Feb. 18.

The tournament, open to all comers, will run 5-9 p.m., in Morrow Field House.

"We are targeting high school players, but anyone in any age group may join in," said Istvan Kovacs, assistant professor of physical education and health. "We are expecting club players, amateurs, college students as well as high school and middle school players. There are no restrictions; all are welcome to join."

Information about SRU and its academic programs will be available.

The tournament will offer competition in men's singles, women's singles, doubles (mixed-or single gender teams), hardbat singles (co-ed) with a minimum of three matches guaranteed in singles and two in doubles. Hardbat play involves hardbat paddles instead of the traditional table tennis paddles. Hardbat paddles will be available in limited supply at the event.

The entry fee is $3 for individual events; $1.50 per player for doubles events.

Entries may be submitted by mail to: Istvan Kovacs, Slippery Rock University, 1 Morrow Way, 128D Morrow Field House, Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057. Entry forms are available at:

SRU 2014 Table Tennis Tournament Form.

Individuals may enter the doubles events, choosing a partner at the event.

Medals for first through third place in each category will be awarded.

USA Table Tennis Association playing rules will apply. USATT rules are available at:

Table tennis, or "ping-pong" as it is often called, was used in the early-1970s to initially open talks between the U.S. and China. Following the games between the two countries, then- National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger was secretly able to arrange an open, face-to-face meeting between then-U.S. President Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong, then-leader of China's Communist Party and a founding father of the People's Republic of China, in Beijing in 1972.

"Ping-pong diplomacy" is also used to reference the frequent country-to-country trips of U.S. secretaries of state while trying to reach multi-lateral agreements between feuding nations, especially in the Middle East.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.