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Chattanooga Table Tennis Club starts group in Collegedale

If you thought Forrest Gump was good at table tennis, then you haven’t seen some of the Chattanooga Table Tennis Club’s players.

Or at least that’s what club member Alice Tym said about some of the area’s local legends and rising stars.

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Chattanooga Table Tennis Club and East Hamilton residents play at the Collegedale Municipal Building on a Sunday afternoon. The club has provided tables, paddles and balls for people who are already club members and for those interested in learning more about the game.

In an effort to cultivate more table tennis players and help the sport grow in East Hamilton County, the club recently started a program through Collegedale’s Parks and Recreation Board.

“There are a number of us that live in this area, including the best player in Chattanooga,” said Tym. “It’s really nice to be able to play in Collegedale and draw on some of those players and some from the university.”

As a way of encouraging East Hamilton residents to get involved with the areawide table tennis program, the club provides tables, paddles and balls for anyone to use during the new sessions in Collegedale. Anyone is welcome to play at the Fuller Community Center West Room located in Collegedale Town Hall Sundays from 1-5 p.m. and Tuesdays from 5-9 p.m.

“Anybody can come out and play,” said Tym. “The play is free, but we would hope that people who enjoy playing might eventually want to join the club.”

She said the sport is a great way to be active and can be a good alternative for younger players.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for young people,” she said. “Not everyone’s going to be an NBA player or a football player, but if they’re quick, they can be a great table tennis player.

Before getting involved in table tennis, Tym was a world renowned tennis player. After getting into the sport she won the national senior games for both table tennis and badminton. She is now a longtime member of the Table Tennis Club and an advocate for the sport.

“It’s the most popular sport in the world,” she said. “And it fits perfectly with the whole Collegedale mentality of family, activity and sportsmanship. The city has been so receptive to the idea of us branching out to Collegedale.”

For Tym and the club, the best part about being a part of the city’s parks and recreation offerings is the opportunity to help grow the sport.

“It’s a really great sport and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time,” she said.

For more information about the Chattanooga Table Tennis Club, visit www.chattanooga-ttc.com.

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