CHS Chinese Club Field Trip- Ping Pong

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
ping pong

Chinese club members

Not only was this trip set up for a fun time, but it was also intended to inform the members of the actual legitimacy of the game. The Lily Yip center is only one of twenty-four table tennis center in the world. It is run by Lily Yip herself, a two time U.S. Olympic Member and now the U.S. Jr. Girls National coach and her husband Barry Dattel, a U.S. men's national champion and now the U.S. Jr. Boys National coach. The staff contains some of the best Jr. and professional players in the country and trains some of the best upcoming table tennis players on the East Coast. Barry Dattel and fellow staff member were able to give us a bit of an example of what a real game looked like before the club members actually got to play. And most members can agree with sophomore Evan Gavalakis’s statement that “I had no idea a ping pong ball could go that fast.”

Once again, another very successful trip for the CHS Chinese club. I was able to speak with Yanfei Li-McGurrin and she said that she hopes to go again next year if the club is still as lively. In the past two years the numbers of members of the Chinese club has escalated to almost two-hundred and they are always accepting more. What most do not know is that you do not even need to take Chinese to join the club and go on some of the awesome trips that they have hosted throughout the years. The second annual CHS Chinese club field trip to Lily Yip table center was once again a fun, educational and fulfilling day for all members that decided to attend.