Reporting Sandra McNeill
DETROIT (WWJ) - It’s something for everyone and it’s taking place this weekend in downtown Detroit.
Over 100 people are expected to gather at the Somerset Collection City Lofts on Woodward from 6pm to midnight for Pongapalooza — a ping-pong tournament.
Event organizer Diallo Smith said the first place winner will be dubbed the “King of Pong” and walk away with a cash prize of $100. The second place winner will get $50.
Smith said he likes the fact that ping-pong is a game anyone can play.
“All it takes is strategy and hand-eye coordination, not necessarily strength. It doesn’t matter if you can curl 100 pounds or not. It’s a matter of agility.” Smith told WWJ’s Sandra McNeill. “I’ve seen some kids who are 7-years-old who would demolish all of us.”
Smith said playing ping-pong is a great exercise, too.
“They say that the average amount of calories lost in just one game of table tennis is around 100 calories. Because you’re a little more active. You’re running around, trying to hit balls, you’re moving a little bit, so it’s good for your cardio and for your health as well,” he said.
Smith hopes to take advantage of the current ping-pong fad sweeping cities like New York by opening a Table Tennis Social Club in Detroit. Until he finds a venue for the club, he’s been hosting events like Pongapalooza.