DECATUR, Ill. - USA Table Tennis (USATT) will honor Millikin University President, Dr. Harold Jeffcoat, at the 2012 Table Tennis U.S. Open on the evening of Wed., July 4 in Grand Rapids, MI. President Jeffcoat will be recognized for his long-term commitment to the development of the sport of Table Tennis in the USA.
Under President Jeffcoat's guidance, a model collegiate Table Tennis program was nurtured at Texas Wesleyan University that ultimately produced several national champions and involved Olympians as student athletes and coaches. President Jeffcoat also served on the USATT Board of Directors for several years where his experience and leadership helped the organization through a governance reformation process where his influence is felt to the present day.
"I am very excited about being honored," stated President Jeffcoat. "I had been on the Board of the United States Table Tennis Association for four years and at a time where the organization was going through some transition. I'm honored that the USATT wants to recognize the accomplishment of opening the door for students to have the opportunity to have athletic scholarships for the Olympic sport of Table Tennis."
USA Table Tennis will be staging the 2012 U.S. Open from June 30 through July 4 at the DeVos Place located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. The event draws over 600 elite Table Tennis athletes from around the world who will compete for a total prize money purse of $100,000. In conjunction with the U.S. Open, North American Table Tennis and USATT are partnering in the staging of an International Table Tennis Junior Circuit event. This international event will feature three USA women and one USA man who have recently qualified to compete in the London Olympic Games in late July 2012.
For more information on USA Table Tennis visit www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis.