The esteemed Multnomah Athletic Club (The MAC) is the place to congregate for many active and affluent individuals in the Portland area. Established in 1891, The MAC Club has stood as a prestigious facility, promoting health and enriching the lives of the 17,000 members that enjoy the fine cuisine, and renowned social events as daily amenities at the MAC.
Alan Peters, a member of the MAC club for over 60 years, has found that while the benefits of membership are plentiful, the MAC, along with the majority of athletic clubs in the country, is missing one thing—Ping Pong! Ping Pong players have long battled the nay-sayers and non-supporters of Table Tennis as a recognized sport in Athletic Clubs around the nation. Currently, the MAC club only accommodates Ping Pong on Tuesdays and Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. any Ping Pong lover knows this simply is not enough! Peters, along with other Table Tennis players that are MAC members, were elated to learn about Pure Pong in the Pearl’s opening. Excited about this opportunity to finally have a space to play that not only recognizes Table Tennis as a legitimate sport, but is the largest club in the nation and located right down the road from the MAC, Peters invited Pure Pong owner, Duane Smith down to meet MAC’s Ping Pong players and extend an olive branch.
On Thursday, May 23rd, Smith did just that—bringing with him five of Pure Pong’s top quality tables and assisting Peters as emcee, while meeting the players during their Thursday session, introducing them to Pure Pong, and giving away prizes that included Pure Pong t-shirts and free play tickets!
“He was a real gem” Said Peters of Smith’s visit to the MAC club. “We’re envious of the space and availability of tables Pure Pong members have. I truly think it’s (Pure Pong) going to be the epicenter of Ping Pong” Said Peters.
Smith had a great time meeting the MAC players, a few of which have joined as a Pure Pong members since! Pure Pong hopes to collaborate with MAC club Ping Pong players in the future, in the hope of promoting Ping Pong, and supporting the movement of popularizing Table Tennis as a fun and healthful sport in Portland and across the nation! Smith hopes to see more MAC members playing at Pure Pong and is open to hosting tournaments and fun events in collaboration with the MAC Club in the future.