January 20, 2012: Six SATTC members transported a table, net and rackets to/from a local hospital recreation room and shared table tennis action with nine wounded (wheelchair) veterans in the recreation room of the Audie Murphy Spinal Cord Injury Unit of the San Antonio VA Hospital.
Initiated by Wendy Gumbert, Manager – Texas Paralympics Sports, this visit resulted in a decision to launch a weekly program of "adapted table tennis" on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM, beginning February 2 at the SATTC home venue location. More on this later. (Photos by Wendy Gumbert)
Recently, during one of our weekly 5 PM Sunday newcomers session, SATTC hosted 16 table tennis wannabes, including a group of Cub Scouts from nearby Helotes TX who came by and earned their Scouting table tennis belt loops.
Also present, were several other newbies, including many who are well beyond Cub Scout age. It was a blast for al! - including our volunteer coaches.
These weekly one-hour orientation training lessons are free to all newcomers, maximum of three visits each. Since inception eight months ago, this program has hosted 85 newcomers and returnees to a total of nearly 150 free lessons. Click here for details.