Welcome to the tournament report for the ARKTTA 2020 March 7-8 Youth Weekend, a USATT 2-Star Sanctioned Tournament, at the Arkansas Table Tennis Academy.
Reflections on our March 7-8 tournament and current events:
As I write this tournament report at the end of March while relegated to my home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I'm reminded of how special these tournaments can be. When we are able to gather together as a group in a competitive and friendly environment to share the sport of table tennis that we all love, it really is one of life's blessings. Shortly after this tournament, life as we have known it changed course. With so many people affected by this pandemic and requirements to avoid group activities, going forward has not been easy.
At the moment, we have no idea when our next group training will be, let alone when we'll be able to hold another tournament. Too many people around the world are dying during this pandemic and tens of thousands more are sick. But we are hopeful because many more are on the front lines fighting for our health. Hopefully there will be relief on the horizon and we will someday be able to take comfort in each other's presence again. In the meantime, we can count our blessings, practice safe and healthy habits, and help each other when possible. Working together toward a common goal to defeat COVID-19 gives us the best chance to overcome all of the challenges that the pandemic presents. Until next time, I wish all of you love, health, and happiness. Please take precautions, stay healthy, and be active.
As a tribute to the human spirit and the many bonds we share, I offer you this tournament report...may it bring a smile to your day. :)
Arkansas Table Tennis Academy
Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
North Little Rock - March 31, 2020
Please visit the Center for Disease Control's website resource for Coronavirus (COVID-19) for details on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Our highest concerns at the Arkansas Table Tennis Academy include the health and safety of our members and guests and providing an environment in which we can have fun, interact with one another, and share the many benefits of the sport we love.
While it's important to stay physically active and mentally resilient during the current health care crisis affecting our community, minimizing exposure to and helping to limit the spread of the virus is our responsibility. Some of us either have serious health conditions which make getting sick even more dangerous, or we have frequent contact with those who do.
From now through Thursday, April 30, 2020, all activity at the Arkansas Table Tennis Academy is suspended. We will continue to monitor the news and post updates when appropriate. Membership plans (Bronze, Silver and Gold) will be extended accordingly and members will have access to make-up lessons when we resume our regular schedule.