Table Tennis—it’s not just a game of ping-pong. It’s a game that is ideal for everyone to play in either a recreational or competitive environment. The game requires, and can help improve, quickness, hand-eye coordination and focus. The game has similarities to tennis, but not many. If you are looking for an entertaining recreational activity that is played indoors, join a table tennis club near you.
- Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd.
- Tues. and Thurs. 9 a.m. - Noon
- Sat 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Daily usage fees: With Clearwater Rec Center PlayPass - No Charge. With Clearwater Rec Center Rec Card - $2, or 2.50 if no recreation card. Non-members - $6.
Ross Norton, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Margo Lindsay, 669-0899
- Wednesdays: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
- Sundays: 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Daily usage fees: With Clearwater Rec Center PlayPass - No Charge. With Clearwater Rec Center Rec Card - $1.50, or $2.00 if no recreation card.
In 1989, the Sunrise Table Tennis Club established its home in the Long Center after traveling around Pinellas County for more than 15 years. Under the guidance of Gill and Myrtle Wilkins and Frank Bush, the club has evolved from beat-up, hand me down table tennis tables to now boasting 19 world-class tables.
The club provides a friendly environment for adults to play both singles and doubles table tennis, regardless of their skill level. Club members include a number of Senior State and Senior National Champions, as well as beginners who are playing just to have fun. The club also has a traveling table tennis program designed to introduce more youth and young adults to the sport. The Countryside Recreation Center offers table tennis instruction and play. On the second Tuesday of each month there is a Handicap Round Robin Doubles event at the Long Center for recreational fun.
The family of the late Myrtle Wilkins has established the Myrtle Wilkins Tennis and Table Tennis Scholarship Fund. The recipient of the scholarship will be a Florida High School student who meets the scholastic and sporting requirements established for the scholarships.