We’ve been celebrating Ping Pong all May long! We’re serving up awesome ping pong fun on our social media sites, too. Check out our Pinterest board dedicated to all things Ping Pong — from crafts to cool tables — and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more table tennis fun.
Ping Pong or Table Tennis?
Unlike billiards, pool and snooker, “Ping Pong” and “Table Tennis” are practically synonymous! Originating in England in the 1880s, the nickname “ping pong” was initially inspired by the sounds generated from the first commercially-produced rackets that featured parchment stretched across a frame. The name now commonly refers to the game itself and not just the equipment.
5 Reasons to Love Ping Pong
1. It’s an Olympic sport. Yes, competitive table tennis is a thing, but it’s only now gaining popularity in the US. There are Championship games, pro tours, and even a table tennis World Cup! 2. You don’t need arms to play. Ibrahim Hamato is an armless table tennis player. After losing his arms in a childhood accident, Hamato learned how to play table tennis by holding the racket in his mouth and swiftly moving his head. His game play has made waves and he was specially invited to play at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Japan. 3. It’s fun for the whole family. The light-weight ping pong balls and easy-to-use rackets make this an optimal choice for a family game room, especially in homes with younger children. 4. Tables are easy to store and multi-purpose. There are ping pong tabletops available for many styles of pool tables, offering you additional options for your family game room while maximizing the use of available space. Many ping pong tables can fold up and are on wheels for easy moving and storage. Plus, there are conversion tops so you can play ping pong on your pool table! 5. Cats can play ping pong too! Check out this video and you’ll see what we mean. Most felines just can’t resist bouncy, rolling balls which makes ping pong an excellent way to entertain your four-legged friends (and maybe get some viral-worthy Vine videos, too!).