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About the Sunrise Table Tennis Club

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The Sunrise Table Tennis Club is a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers, and provides all services and equipment for play at each of the four club locations in Pinellas County, Florida. Membership donations and Corporate Sponsorships enable us to purchase and maintain club equipment, run several tournaments each year, offer subsidized programs for Juniors and Seniors, and host other special events and programs.

Club News & Events

Club Play Closures & Schedule Changes
  • Thursday, September 3rd, Long Center. (No club play for the morning session.)
  • Saturday, September 5th, Long Center. (No club play.)
  • Sunday, September 6th, Ross Norton.  (No club play.)
  • Monday, September 7th, St. Pete Beach.  (Closed for holiday.)
  • Tuesday, September 15th, Long Center. (No club play.)
  • Saturday, September 19th, Long Center. (No club play.)
  • Saturday, September 26th, Long Center: Dr Dan's Rapper Tournament

NOTE: St. Pete Beach summer play on Wednesdays is switched back to Thursdays.
NOTE: At Long Center, there is an additional play time on Thursdays 5:30pm to 8:30pm, for the summer. Please do not arrive early, and you must be out the door by 8:45pm.

Memorial Announcement

We just received news that Frank Bush, one of the founding members of the Sunrise Table Tennis Club, passed away on Sunday, August 23rd.

Frank was instrumental in establishing the club in 1989, together with Myrtle and Gil Wilkins. He was the treasurer, tournament organizer, computer expert and more. He was also a good player, who won the Bronze medal for table tennis in the 1993 Huntsman World Senior Games.

Not many of the current members will remember him, but we will always honor him when we play at the Sunrise Table Tennis Club. We thank Myrtle, Gil and Frank, and everyone else along the way that has kept the club going. Without them, we would not be where we are today.

Frank's family has asked that donations be made in his name to the Sunrise Table Tennis Club in lieu of flowers or baskets.

For more information on contacting the family, please ask Keith or Martin.

Click Here to view Frank's obituary.
Message from the President

Hello Fellow Players,

There has been a recent change to the organizational structure of our club that deserves explanation. The Sunrise Table Tennis Club (STTC) proposed several amendments to the Bylaws of the Sunrise Sports Foundation, Inc. (SSF), the parent organization of the STTC. The Board of Directors of the SSF accepted these amendments by majority vote.

This change to the SSF Bylaws merges together the two entities into one organization. The Officers of the STTC (Martin Shapiro, William Robbins, Keith Hanley and Carolyn Adams). are now also the only members of the Board of Directors of the SSF, and the new combined organization operates under one mission:

"To provide the members of the Organization and the community of Pinellas County the resources, equipment, scheduled play and programs for regular practice, participation and competition in the sport of table tennis."

The organization will operate publicly as the Sunrise Table Tennis Club. The Sunrise Sports Foundation corporate name will be maintained for the time being as the IRS-approved 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization for legal purposes, such as receiving tax-deductible donations and securing grants, but will no longer exist as a separate organizational entity for oversight of the STTC or other sports activities.

We thank the former Directors of the SSF for their service and hope that they will continue to contribute to the STTC.

It is our hope that these changes will strengthen our club and allow for further growth.

Thank you for your time,

Martin Shapiro

P.S. There have been unauthorized claims of control of the SSF Board by others since this change. These have no legal basis and are simply untrue, despite their vociferousness. Please don't hesitate to ask any of the STTC Officers for more details.
Dr Dan's Rapper Tournament

2015 Dr Dan's Rapper Tournament Series Event #4 
and Sandpaper SE Regional Quallifier for the 2016 WCPP

WHERE Long Center
1501 N Belcher Rd
Clearwater, FL. 33765
WHEN September 26th, 2015 8:15am - 4:00pm
Registration open until 8:45am.
Printable Entry Form
Tournament Flyer

Players may participate in any of the Dr Dan's tournament series, one or more.
FREE Pizza and Drink to All Participants.

There will be no tables available for open club play the day of the tournament. All the tables will be reserved for the event.

Senior Training Clinic with Coach Gary
Location: The Long Center
Hours: Thursdays, Sep. 10 - Oct. 1; enroll for either 9:30am or 10:30am session.
Cost: $20.00 for all 4 weeks (no make-ups)
Qualifications: Age 55+ and current STTC membership.

Space is limited - first come, first served.
To register: Contact Carolyn Adams: Click Here to send email

Senior Training Participants March 2015
Senior Training Participants, March 2015

Reach For The Stars Campaign 2015
Reach for the Stars


The Sunrise Table Tennis Club is appealing to its membership and community sponsors for the funds needed to finance the STTC Special Programs for 2015. The Reach For The Stars Campaign 2015 goal is $10,000 to fund the following programs:

  • $1,000: Junior Development Program
  • $1,000: Equipment and Uniforms for Juniors
  • $1,000: Senior Development Program
  • $1,000: Juniors and Seniors Subsidies
  • $1,000: "Select Player" Sponsorships
  • $5,000: Tournament Tables and Nets

Junior Development Program
Location: Countryside Recreation Center
Hours: Saturdays, 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Loaner racket provided.

Monthly: $25 per Student or $35 per Family (group lesson weekly, 4 per month).
Individual: $10 per lesson/week.


More Info: Contact Rudy Santo, 727.541.4039

Details: Click Here for Junior Development Program Page

Happenings Around the Club
Sunshine State Games

STTC made an awesome showing at the Sunshine State Games. There were a record number of entries in most events so the competition was tough. Some of these players are getting good. They are going to be harder to beat next year. It was a fun weekend!

Sunshine State Games Champs
Florida Closed Winners - Sherlyn Barvie Perez and Kit Jeerapaet

Sherlyn Barvie Perez and Kit Jeerapaet
Sunrise Table Tennis Club winners at the Florida State Closed Table Tennis Tournament in Orlando on November 15th, 2014.

Sherlyn Barvie Perez
Kit Jarapeet
Junior Champion

Sherlyn Barvie Perez, born in 2003 near Havana, Cuba, began playing table tennis when she was seven and won her first tournament at the age of eight years old...

Sherlyn Barvie Perez
Sherlyn's Latest Wins

11-year-old Sherlyn Barvie Perez won second place in the Elite class at the MID-FLORIDA table Tennis Tour ' July Classic...

Personal Best Award at National Senior Games

Leurene Hildenbrand Has received an award for personal best National Senior Games Tour and was part of the NSG Celebration in Cleveland July 25...

About Club Membership
Sunrise table Tennis

The Sunrise Table Tennis Club is a non-profit organization run by volunteers, and provides all services and equipment for play at each of the club locations. Your support in the way of membership donations enable us to purchase and maintain club equipment (tables, nets, barriers, robots, etc.), run tournaments, offer programs for Juniors and Seniors, and host other special events and programs.

The Basic Membership donation includes the following benefits:

  • Discounts for some tournaments, facility usage fees and special programs.
  • Eligible to participate in the Junior and Senior programs.
  • Eligible for the annual STTC recognition awards.
  • Eat free at the Annual STTC Pizza Party.
  • Free use of the practice robot.
  • Other discounts and benefits as additional programs become available.

Every member will receive an email notice when their membership expires. Please be as generous as you have in the past and help us achieve our goals. Prompt renewal is greatly appreciated, as are higher-level donations above the Basic Membership.

Basic Membership Donations are very low. Less than $3 per month:

  • $35 Individual
  • $45 Family
  • $25 Seasonal (less than 6 months here)

Click here for membership details and application.

Note: Join or renew your USA Table Tennis ( membership through the STTC and 15% stays with the STTC for club programs. Add it with your STTC membership application, or give your USATT renewal to a club officer.

The Sunrise Table Tennis Club is a registered Not-For-Profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization, as a self-governing division of the Sunrise Sports Foundation. All donations above the Basic Membership amount are qualified as tax-deductible charitable donations (excluding the value of special benefits received). Please consult your tax advisor.

STTC Play Rules
Many of you have been asking if we have any Club Play Rules. The answer is... YES, WE DO!


Remember, everyone deserves the opportunity to play.

Service Rule Violations
By Rudy Santo, Certified USATT Umpire

As a certified USATT umpire I would to comment on a table tennis rule that I see being violated often during tournament play. It is the table tennis service rule. Table tennis service rules are outlined in sections 6.0 thru 6.6 of the USATT Rules Manual and all tournament players should be familiar with them and abide by them. These are a few of the service rule violations that I have observed in recent tournaments
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Our Mission

The purpose of the Sunrise Table Tennis Club is to provide the members of the Organization and the community of Pinellas County the resources, equipment, scheduled play and programs for regular practice, participation and competition in the sport of table tennis. The Sunrise Table Tennis Club is a Not-For-Profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization, legally registered under the name Sunrise Sports Foundation, Inc.

Providing sports facilities for table tennis and ping pong players. Serving Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties in the Tampa Bay area, Florida; including Clearwater, Largo, St. Petersburg, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Gulfport, St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach, Seminole, Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Bellair, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Redington Shores, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Treasure Island, Lealman, Ridgecrest, Feather Sound, Highpoint, Kenneth City, Bay Pines, Belleair Bluffs, Harbor Bluffs, Bellair Beach, Ozona, East Lake, Beacon Square, Elfers, Holiday, Trinity, South Pasadena, Tierra Verder, Port Richey, Redington Beach.

Upcoming Tournaments:

- Dr Dan's Series Event #4 and Sandpaper WCPP Qualifier 

November 7th: - Clearwater Fall Open

Latest Videos

(Click on picture to watch video.)

Dr Dan's
July 2015

Dr Dan's
May 2015

Clearwater Open
January 2015

Dr Dan's Dec 2014

For more videos
go to our YouTube page
Tournament Winners:
About service rules:
Umpire's Corner
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