Hours to play:
Sundays, 10 am – 2:00 pm
Thursdays, 7 – 9:45 pm
Charlie Slater - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cost:$2 per session
Free for City of Decatur residents
Decatur Table Tennis began in March 2009 and has been steadily growing since then. Sanctioned by the USATT since February, 2014, our club attracts players from all over the world and that makes for excitement in this truly international sport.
Drop in for open play with Charlie, Niklas, and other local top notch players. This game is intense and we set up an entire room full of tables. Come and learn how to improve your game. All levels are welcome.
Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 10am, drop in to play, the whole gym will be filled with tables!
Good news: We are back in the gym on Thursday nights. We can return to 12 tables rather than the 8 in the multi-purpose room.
Many thanks to Kris Kemper. He noticed how terrible our paddles were for folks showing up without one and purchased some decent beginner paddles. He is also looking into replacing some nets that have become frayed. What a guy!
You may not be aware that Delta Air Lines has an annual table tennis tournament. March 17 will be the 58th anniversary. It is open only to employees--active and retired, but also to anyone who EVER worked for Delta. (Sorry...having flown on a Delta flight doesn't qualify you!) Let me know if you want more details.
If you can excuse my bragging, I wanted to tell you about winning silver in mixed doubles at the Huntsman World Senior Games. This was my 13th appearance at the games which is held in St. George, Utah every October. My partner is Elena Cornejo from Orange County, CA. The games are for folks 50+ and the competition is fierce!
A couple of weeks ago, the Archi's Open Tourney was held in Suwanee. The winner of the Masters Division was Susanta Sethy, who has been playing in Decatur. Congrats to him!
Susanta Sethy on the left, Raj Kosaraju (tourney Director) on the right
Speaking of tourneys...please mark your calendars for the Atlanta Fall Open which will be held at Lucky Shoals Park on Sept. 9. For all the information and registration, click HERE.
A couple of weeks ago I, along with assistants Pierre Russell, Patrick Russell, and Adam Lagyak, had my 5th Annual Table Tennis Camp. It was a challenge with a record 25 kids ranging in age from 9 to 15. I suppose at some point I'll be too old to keep this up...but not for a while.
Flyer for a first-time tournament to be held in Suwanee - it is not USATT sanctioned, but there are cash prizes planned.
On May 2, Decatur once again hosted the DeKalb Senior Olympics table tennis competition. The groups were divided by age (50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s) as well as doubles. You should recognize many of the medal winners.
50s: (left to right) Kurt Simmons (1st), Chris Simoncelli (2nd), Kim Russell (3rd)
60s: (l to r) Warren Moon (2nd), Lennox Drakes (1st), Rene Nielsen (3rd)
70s: (l to r) Charlie Slater (1st), Pierre Russell (3rd), Not Pictured--Cam Coltharp (2nd)
80s: Wendell Dillon (1st)
Doubles: (l to r) Warren Moon & Charlie Slater (2nd), Kurt Simmons & Lennox Drakes (1st), Rene Nielsen & Wendell Dillon (3rd)
Once again, Decatur will be hosting the table tennis portion of the DeKalb Senior Olympics. In this case, "Senior" mean 50 years old or older. We will play on Tuesday, May 2, from 6:30 - 10 p.m. (The form incorrectly shows 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.) We should have time for singles and doubles. There are forms in the Rec. Center lobby or you can download the Entry Form here. Please hurry...the deadline is April 15.
Many thanks to Decatur Active Living for buying us 7 new nets--the "clip on" type. These should make setting up and taking down a lot easier. Also, a HUGE thanks to Dan Marks. He donated that beautiful new silver Donic net. As with all our equipment, please handle these nets with care. Hopefully, they will serve us well for the future.