Archive for June, 2014
Ping Pong Club Partners With the Testicular Cancer Society to Spark Conversations
NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – June 12, 2014) – To raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among males, SPiN, the international ping pong venue co-owned by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, announces the launch of Rally for Men’s Health, a month-long initiative spanning the month of June. For the first time, the company will turn their balls blue, engage high-profile personalities in matches, launch a social media campaign and offer specials to benefit the Testicular Cancer Society.
With obvious health benefits of physical activity and human connection, Men’s Health Month provided an opportunity for SPiN to demonstrate their platform as the “unplugged social network” which gets people moving, and their venue as a place to initiate conversations. “The Rally for Men’s Health was created in the true spirit of our organization,” says Pieter Vanermen, CEO of SPiN. “Using a little humor to tackle these very serious issues is another step in our mission to strengthen our communities.”
The venue’s first step is to turn their ping pong balls blue, with a donation pledged to the Testicular Cancer Society for every party who serves up the “Blue Ball Special” at their downtown locations in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Dubai. “One guy, every hour, every day is diagnosed with testicular cancer,” says Mike Craycraft, Founder of the Testicular Cancer Society, which provides education about the disease and support for fighters and survivors. “SPiN’s role in provoking conversation is exactly what we need to overcome that moment of awkwardness, potentially saving lives.”
The ping pong venue will also donate one dollar for every photo of a blue ball posted with the hashtag #SPiNBlueBalls on Instagram or Twitter.
The funds raised mark the SPiN Foundation’s first charitable gift. As the non-profit arm of the global ping pong company, the Foundation’s mission is to help their neighbors by focusing efforts on organizations that create opportunities and provide assistance to those in need. Proceeds will fund TCS’s “Chemo-Sabe Comfort Kits” for young men going through chemotherapy treatment.
SPiN is a franchise of international ping pong venues that combine an unusual mixture of sport, design and entertainment. Offering unique day and nighttime entertainment, the clubs feature ping pong courts, a full bar, restaurant, pro-shop and private VIP room. Memberships are available but are not necessary to take part in the nightly events, tournaments, private ping pong instruction with professional players, and casual socializing and play. Created by owners Franck Raharinosy, Andrew Gordon, Jonathan Bricklin and Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, SPiN venues are currently located in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Dubai.
About the Testicular Cancer Society:
The Testicular Cancer Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises awareness for the most common form of cancer in men age 15-35. It is dedicated to increasing awareness and education about the disease and providing support for fighters, survivors and caregivers. Founded by Mike Craycroft, a clinical pharmacist who waited seven months before seeing a doctor and being diagnosed with Testicular Cancer, the mission of the group is to get people to talking about the disease.