He had been undefeated going into that match.
He took the loss in stride, though. He laughed as he wiped sweat from his face.
Meanwhile, Simon was trying to teach me about pingpong, or table tennis as they like to call it.
The average length of a point is 3.7 shots, apparently.
And there is a lot of strategy involved. It’s akin to chess I guess. Simon said there are so many spins you can put on the ball and places you can put it on the table.
As Simon talked, Don McCreary taught a new member some of those spins.
The Kokomo Table Tennis Club is a teaching club. Simon said occasionally some kids at the Y will pass through the gym, and club members will stop to teach them a thing or two.
McCreary, club president, said Kokomo’s club has been dubbed one of the friendliest around.
It’s easy to see why. They just want to have fun and spread their passion to those around them.
In fact, Simon is so eager to draw other young people to the game that he’s donating one of his own tables to Kokomo High School.
Don’t you want to get to know someone like that? So I say, go check the club out. They meet Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
You won’t regret it. It’s an opportunity that not everyone has.
Apparently there are only about 10 table tennis clubs in the whole state. See, it’s a hidden gem. Right here in Kokomo.
[friday] editor/ pingpong pro