Places To Play In New York: Westchester Table Tennis Club

The front of the Westchester Table Tennis Center

The front of the Westchester Table Tennis Center

Westchester Table Tennis Center

http://www.westchestertabletennis.com
175 Tompkins Avenue
Pleasantville, NY
(914) 741-0738

Facility:
13,000+ square feet, 18 tables, 21’ ceiling, gymansium floor, professional lighting.

Members & Notable players:
250+ members.  The club averages 45-50 players a day.
Will Shortz (owner), The New York Times crossword editor
Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker
Stefan Kanfer, best-selling biographer (“Groucho,” “Ball of Fire,” “Tough Without a Gun,” “Somebody,” etc.)
Steven Horowitz, chief of cardiology at Stamford (Conn.) Hospital
Steve Zeitlin, leading folklorist
Ben Nisbet, former executive director of the USATT
Kai Zhang, USATT Rated 2560
A dozen players rated 2000+

Coaches:
Robert Roberts, who’s rated 2515, is three-time table tennis champion of the Caribbean
Rawle Alleyne is 15-year (1991-2006) national table tennis coach of Barbados

Programs/Classes Available:
League Night every Thursday.
Beginner’s Night every Monday.
Kids’ Night every Tuesday.
Group training sessions take place every Monday and Wednesday afternoon
Table Tennis Therapy — sessions by Rob Bernstein, certified psychologist.
Monthly 3- and 4-star USATT-sanctioned tournaments. First prize is either $1,500 or $2,500 each month. WTTC has been averaging 135-140 players per tournament and on track to award more than $60,000 in prizes this year.

Overview:
The Westchester Table Tennis Club claims that it is the premier table tennis club in New York and the Northeast.  After our visit, we find that it’s hard to disagree!

Robert Roberts and Will Shortz at the Westchester Table Tennis Center

Robert Roberts and Will Shortz at the Westchester Table Tennis Center

Started by Will Shortz, the New York Times crossword puzzle editor, and best friend Robert Roberts, the Westchester Table Tennis Club offers a great place to play north of New York City.

Table Tennis / Ping Pong Antiques

Table Tennis / Ping Pong Antiques

When you enter the club, one of the first things you’ll notice is a collection of antique table tennis / ping pong memorabilia. It definitely creates a sense of nostalgia while inside one of the most modern playing facilities.

Will Shortz and Richard Lee playing at Westchester Table Tennis Center

Will Shortz and Richard Lee playing at Westchester Table Tennis Center

The facility is spacious, to say the least.  At 13,000+ square feet, the club boasts an impressive 18 tables, 21’ ceiling, a gymnasium floor, and professional lighting.

Aside from the amazing facility, the club provides tons of activity for its members, ranging from multiple league nights, to private and group lessons, and even to table tennis therapy for students with Asperger’s and other disabilities. If you have the time, we definitely encourage you to visit the Westchester Table Tennis Center!

Also, check out this great video showing off the creation and behind the scenes story of the Weschester Table Tennis Center:

Double Happiness from Dewi Cooke on Vimeo.

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