Pingpong

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A. Attention Getter: Did you know that ping pong is one of the most popular sports in the world? More people play ping pong in the United States in a year than they play baseball or soccer. (Hodges,1993). B. Relevance: I’m sure most people in this room have heard of ping pong in some fashion but like myself have little knowledge of the origins of ping pong and how popular the sport is around the world. Ping pong is a great game that I believed everyone would like if they knew about the sport. C. Credibility Statement: I have been playing ping pong since I was 7 years old and I played competitively in tournament when I was younger. Because of my love for ping pong I wanted to learn about the origins of the game and share what I know to the class.

D. Central Idea: Ping Pong in America has grown rapidly since it was first invented in the 1890’s and it continues to grow today.
E. Initial Preview: Today I am discussing the origins of Ping Pong, how ping pong has grown in the United States, and how ping pong has evolved into an Olympic game. Transition: To begin lets see when and where ping pong started.

A. Ping Pong was originally created in 1890’s in England.
1. Started as a parlor game that upper class Victorians would play after dinner. 2. They would turn their dining tables into a small lawn tennis field and used household items like a cork for the ball and lids for racquets to have all the equipment they needed (Mcafee,2009). 3. The game spread to America in the time of a struggling economy which turned many people to an inexpensive sport anyone can take part of. 4. In 1920’s the Parker brothers trademarked the name Ping Pong to promote the game in America. This in turn caused the whole world to change the official name of the game to table tennis (Hodges, 1993). Transition: As time passed and the equipment used for table tennis got better the popularity of the sport continued to grow. B. Ping Pong is now played recreationally by over 20...
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