The Power of Ping Pong

11/15/13

It’s a family pastime, an Olympic sport, and now ping pong is changing children’s lives in Africa and the Caribbean, thanks to employees at Microsoft! 

 
It all started in October, when Taresh Bajaj, a Microsoft engineer, decided to do something special for the company’s annual month of giving. Taresh enjoyed playing ping pong as a young man in India, so it was only natural to combine his love of the sport and his desire to help others.
 
“Everyone was so happy that they could do this,” says Taresh. “The whole tournament was a big success.” Together the forty participants raised more than $2,000 for the Children of the Nations (COTN) general fund, and had lots of fun doing it!
 
Three Microsoft employees now hold the ping pong tournament titles
Three Microsoft employees now hold the ping pong tournament titles for first, second, and third place, and they have the trophies to prove it!
 
“The guys were really into it,” says Fraser Ratzlaff, COTN’s Seattle Community Representative. “That made it so much fun to watch!” In between competition rounds, Fraser and Taresh were able to squeeze in their own game of ping pong too. “I haven’t played ping pong in many moons,” says Fraser. “To his credit, he did let me warm up.” However, it was Taresh who emerged as winner. 
 
But what made the fun so much sweeter was knowing how it would help the children in COTN’s care. “Children are the future if you want to help nations long term,” says Taresh. The money raised through the tournament will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the children by providing resources such as warm blankets, medicine, food, and school supplies.
 
The money raised will help fund essential resources like school supplies
  The money raised through the tournament will help fund essential resources like school supplies for the children. 
 
“I’ve just returned from Sierra Leone,” Fraser told the participants, “and I can tell you first hand that the children we work with, though they will probably never meet you, are so grateful for what you do.”
 
The tournament was a fun way to raise money to help the children in COTN’s care
                            The tournament was a fun way to raise money to help the children in COTN’s care.
 
 
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