By: Anh-Thu Do
Of all the things to start a club for.
Ping pong. A hobby for some, a funny word for others. For a handful of freshmen students (the majority of which stated they'd remain anonymous), it was an inside joke.
"I don't know, we didn't think it would turn into an actual thing. We were just talking about forming a club," said one member.
What started as some guys joking around eventually became a reality in 2017, three years after those freshmen, now juniors, brought up the idea to a teacher. After some encouragement, the idea was drifted to a counselor, who approved the founding of Central Gwinnett's very own ping pong club. Sponsored by Ms. Matthews, a math teacher, members meet on Fridays from 2:10 to 4:00, in the cafeteria.
According to one member, Sarjad Rim, the club does plan on competing in tournaments beginning in 2018, though he personally has "no idea how that will work". Presently, the club is more focused on getting more participants. "Anyone can join; it doesn't matter if you're a pro or barely know anything. You should just come," said Rim.
The club, while still relatively unknown, is sure to create a name for itself in the coming years, and is a testament to Central's open attitude. Even if the subject matter is something as ridiculous-sounding as ping pong, Central's administration will still hear you out.