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Ping Pong Showdown in the Slip

The Shockoe business district became ping pong central on Thursday, June 21st, as a segment of Richmond’s creative industry turned their mutual love of table tennis into a charitable cause. The annual Shockoe Showdown Ping Pong Tournament brought more than fifty participants from over a dozen companies together in the Canal Crossing complex on South 15th St, in the center of the district. As part of the tournament, each sponsoring company donated $100 to the non-profit, Blue Sky Fund, with additional proceeds from registration fees.

Big congratuations to Timo Prousalis of Hue & Cry who won the competitive bracket and Gustavo Romero from Shockoe who won the social bracket!

“With so many kinds of businesses in Shockoe, from design to tech to advertising, we were looking for something that everyone had in common. Surprisingly, it was a love for ping pong, as many businesses had their own table and enthusiastic players,” said Beth Petersen, Director of Human Resources at WorldView Solutions. “It seemed like a perfect way to bring together this diverse community while raising money for an amazing non-profit.”

“The Blue Sky Fund is honored to be a part of this event, as it demonstrates the community’s commitment to our mission to provide unique outdoor experiences for urban youth,” said David Kunnen, Executive Director of the Blue Sky Fund. “The donation from the Shockoe Showdown will help us with programming that will build resiliency and character for kids in the Richmond area.”

Corporate sponsors for the event included WorldView Solutions, Randall Branding Agency, Torx, Tilt Creative + Production, Hue & Cry, Startup Virginia, Outdoor Access, Fulton Hill Properties, Kaléo, Baskervill, Southern Railway Taphouse and Shiplock Brewing.

“It’s a fun thing for the design district down here,” Petersen said. “There are so many creative people working in Shockoe and we want to interact with our neighbors and other companies. It’s a fun way to bring exposure to the amazing ecosystem developing in Richmond.”