KERSHAW'S CHALLENGE x SPIN x STIGA
STIGA® US is the official table and ball supplier of the tenth annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose, a star-studded fundraising event for vulnerable and at-risk children that supports Kershaw's Challenge. The event was held at Dodger Stadium on July 27th, 2023.
Ping Pong 4 Purpose supports Kershaw's Challenge, which has raised over $14 million for vulnerable and at-risk children since 2011. Ellen and Clayton Kershaw's charity's goal is to partner with organizations committed to serving these children and to impart massive change among those who deserve it most. STIGA US is honored to be partnering with Kershaw's Challenge in this crucial mission.
When it comes to sports, athletes often showcase not only their physical prowess but also their passion for making a positive impact on society. In this spirit, Clayton Kershaw, the legendary Major League Baseball pitcher, has taken his philanthropic efforts to a whole new level with his annual "Ping Pong 4 Purpose" event. This one-of-a-kind charity ping pong tournament brings together athletes, celebrities, and fans, all aiming to support meaningful causes.
Who is Clayton Kershaw?
Before diving into the event, it's essential to know the man behind it all - Clayton Kershaw. Born on March 19, 1988, in Dallas, Texas, Kershaw has established himself as one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball. Throughout his illustrious career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, he has earned numerous accolades, including multiple Cy Young Awards and a World Series Championship.
Beyond the baseball field, Clayton Kershaw is a compassionate and dedicated philanthropist. Along with his wife Ellen, he founded the Kershaw's Challenge, a nonprofit organization aimed at making a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable children and communities in need.
The Beginnings of "Ping Pong 4 Purpose"
The idea for "Ping Pong 4 Purpose" was born out of Clayton Kershaw's love for ping pong and his desire to leverage sports for a greater cause. What started as a casual ping pong tournament among friends quickly evolved into a full-fledged fundraising event with a significant impact.
The event's format is simple yet effective: celebrities, professional athletes, and fans come together for a fun-filled day of ping pong matches, with all proceeds going directly to Kershaw's Challenge and its partner organizations. It's a refreshing departure from traditional charity galas, infusing a relaxed atmosphere and genuine fun.
Impact and Charitable Contributions
Over the years, "Ping Pong 4 Purpose" has had a profound impact on the lives of countless individuals and communities. Through generous donations and sponsorships, the event has raised substantial funds for various causes supported by Kershaw's Challenge.
“It’s hard to believe we’ve completed 10 years as an organization. Kershaw’s Challenge is so much more than we ever expected. It has truly been a privilege to do this important work, supporting awesome groups who are actively serving kids. Ten years is a remarkable mile-marker…and we still have work to do. Here’s to celebrating what we’ve done…and looking forward to all that we have ahead!”
— Clayton and Ellen Kershaw
From building homes for families in need to supporting education and healthcare initiatives, the event's contributions have left an indelible mark on society. Notably, the transparency and accountability of Kershaw's Challenge ensure that every dollar raised is put to its most efficient and effective use.
Clayton Kershaw's "Ping Pong 4 Purpose" event exemplifies the power of sports and philanthropy coming together for the greater good. Through his passion for ping pong and his dedication to making a difference, Kershaw has created an inspiring platform that continues to uplift communities and transform lives.
SPIN x STIGA
"We are humbled to be partnering in the important work Clayton and Ellen Kershaw and team are doing for the children of L.A., Dallas, Zambia, and the Dominican Republic," notes Julie Hope, Brand Manager at STIGA US. "They are transforming lives and working to provide a safe place for children to play, grow, and thrive—regardless of life-situation. We're so happy to be even a small part of this mission."
STIGA US is proud to be sponsoring this event with SPIN— the original ping pong social club that celebrates the unconventional and embraces diversity. "SPIN delivers an exceptional social experience, where play is celebrated. SPIN's mission exists to inspire human connection around the game of ping pong," said Gregory Godfrey, VP Brand and Culture. "We are thrilled to be partnering again with STIGA and Kershaw's Challenge to bring the excitement of ping pong to Dodgers Stadium."
Tickets for Ping Pong 4 Purpose can be purchased here.