FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2019
Little Rock, Arkansas
The Little Rock Table Tennis Club (LRTTC) is excited to announce the hosting of the 2019 USATT/ITTF Hopes Camp and Tournament events. This national youth training camp takes place at the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center (300 S. Monroe St., Little Rock, Arkansas, 72204) on Friday and Saturday, February 22-23. The qualifying tournament will take place on Sunday February 24.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)/USA Table Tennis (USATT) Hopes Program (https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/events/2019-usa-hopes-tour) is a series of regional, national and international camps and competitions designed to spark motivation and interest for skilled and talented young table tennis athletes who have a love for table tennis and who wish to become high-level players. Participants will receive expert coaching and training from USATT National Coaches for three days in a fun, rewarding environment in which they will have an opportunity to meet peers and share experiences.
At the camp, two local Arkansas coaches, Mike Lauro (https://arktta.org/coach) (USATT National/ITTF Level 3 Coach; Little Rock) and Russ Hamilton (USATT National Coach; Bentonville) will assist USATT High Performance Director Joerg Bitzigeio (https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/athletes/Joerg-Bitzigeio) a former German National Team Coach. A total of fourteen (14) youth athletes from six (6) different states have signed up for the camp and tournament. The 3-day event includes 2 days of training sessions and one day of tournament competition. Lunch and dinner will be organized for camp participants and their family on Friday and Saturday.
The training camps will take place on Friday and Saturday with 2 training sessions per day. Friday's session are from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Saturday's sessions are from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, the afternoon break will include lunch, a visit to the nearby Little Rock Zoo (weather permitting), and a mini-table competition in which the kids participate in a fun and challenging singles tournament played on small table that is 1/4 the size of regulation table. We plan to live stream the mini-table tournament.
On Sunday the USATT Hopes Qualifying Tournament begins at 10:00 a.m. The Hopes Boys and Hopes Girls events provide opportunities for players to perform in a competitive environment against their peers for a chance to qualify for the next stage of training camps -- the USATT Hopes Week and Challenge that will take place on April 15-21, 2019 in Sacramento, California. Players who qualify at the Hopes Week tournament will advance to the ITTF-North American Hopes Week and Challenge from May 27 to June 2, 2019 in Florida. Qualifiers at the North American Hopes Week will participate in the ITTF World Hopes Week and Challenge that will take place during August 2019 in the country of Oman. There will also be an extra Junior event in which all of the players may compete.
Please see the LRTTC camp and tournament web page (https://lrttc.org/blog/tournaments/2019-usa-hopes-national-training-camp-qualifying-tournament) and download the LRTTC official 2019 USA Hopes Camp brochure and entry form (PDF) (https://lrttc.org/images/lrttc/documents/Brochure-EntryForm-2019-USA-Hopes-at-LRTTC-Feb-22-24-2019.pdf) for all the details.
You can find out more on our website: https://lrttc.org.
LRTTC Mailing Address: LRTTC, PO BOX 250260, Little Rock, AR 72225
Phone: 501-291-3142 (Mike Lauro)