On April 6, we celebrated the 7th World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) 2021 with a 24-hour online stream. It was our second WTTD 2021 celebrated online, but the first milestone for the ITTF Group, as we shone the spotlight on gender equality and female empowerment for the first time across our communication and programmes.
Many of us have grown up following a code of conduct based on our gender. For those, traditional gender roles can play such a big part in the decision-making process that it sometimes holds us back from realising our true potential.
During his ten-day fundraising journey across Slovenia, radio host Miha Deželak played alongside national Olympian Table Tennis player Deni Kozul to raise money for children from disadvantaged families in the country.
Encouraging girls to play Table Tennis recently appeared most prominently in Ghana, with the promotion of the 2021 ITTF Foundation FEMpowerment campaign; one of the country’s star players Derek Abrefa decided to take the action to a local school.
The ITTF Group started the TableTennisUnited Fund in 2020 to support the Table Tennis community worldwide through the ordeals that Covid-19 has brought upon us. We have once again witnessed the power of unity spreading across the Atlantic, as the Fund ensures the training continues for players with disabilities in Argentina and Germany during financial draughts caused by the pandemic.
In words, images, figures, and infographics, this report details the results that the ITTF Foundation has achieved in the first quarter of 2021, together with our generous partners and project leaders, dedicated global Promoters and the Table Tennis community worldwide.
With the TableTennisUnited Fund, donors worldwide and the ITTF Group are sending help where it is needed the most. In Uganda, the Fund has helped Mimi’s Tables, a local NGO to support underprivileged children in Naguru, Kampala through the Covid-19 hardship.
ITTF Foundation and The Foundation of Global Sports Development (GSD) have announced a four-year extension of the current partnership to further support social initiatives through the Dream Building Fund powered by GSD.