Intense table tennis action is expected in Philadelphia from November 25th to 27th as more than fifty teams (comprised of players from around the country and world) have already registered to compete in the 2016 Butterfly Teams competition. Having hosted the 2008 USA Table Tennis Olympic Trials and the 2016 ITTF Women’s World Cup, Philadelphia once again looks forward to shining in the table tennis spotlight over Thanksgiving weekend.
Currently registered teams include players representing elite table tennis clubs from up and down the East Coast, including Lily Yip Table Tennis Center (LYTTC), Maryland Table Tennis Center (MDTTC), and various clubs from New York City. In addition, players/teams from California, Canada, Indiana, and Pennsylvania are looking to challenge the home-town/local teams. Defending 2015 Butterfly Teams champion Michael Landers will look to defend his title at this year’s event; although he is competing with a new team comprised of De Tran, Tahl Leibovitz, Paul David and Anthony Valerio.
The 2016 Butterfly Teams competition will begin at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 25th at the Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Center located just 6 miles from downtown Philadelphia. Teams will be divided into divisions and will then compete within their division for prizes. In divisions 2-8, the top two team finishers either earn prize money (division 2) or custom trophies/awards (division 3-8). In division 1, the winners will take home $3,000 in prize money, with prize money extending through 6th place.
To join the 50 teams already registered for a one of a kind team competition this 2016 Thanksgiving weekend, visit http://butterflyteams.com/ and register before November 15th.
Continual coverage of the 2016 Butterfly Teams Tournament and stories about the athletes will be available at ButterflyOnline.com, or via Butterfly North America’s Twitter and Facebook pages.