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Table Tennis and Badminton Go Varsity in NYC High Schools

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 04:24 PM

Badminton and table tennis on Thursday became the latest additions to the city's roster of public high school varsity teams.

The announcement arrived in a press release replete with overwrought sports metaphors: "The new sports generated quite a racket among students eager to compete, and schools officials expect the sports to net significant interest and participation in the PSAL league among high school students." 

“We are thrilled to serve students’ interests in table tennis and badminton, which will complement the traditional sports offered in city’s schools, such as basketball and football, and other more recent additions like cricket,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said. “These exciting athletics are a smash hit among students and will expand their skills and opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.”

Actress and ping-pong enthusiast Susan Sarandon applauded the move. 

“Table tennis improves the mind and the body with little physical risk or expense - and you can play for the rest of your life unlike other sports,” Sarandon said in the release.  Both sports started in March and will run through early June. 

“We want students to enjoy a variety of different sports while in high school and these two spark the interest of many of our students," said Donald Douglas, the executive director of the Public School Athletic League. Below is a list of high schools with table tennis or badminton teams:

The debut season for table tennis includes the following schools:

Boys Division

Bronx Science High School

Lehman Educational Campus

Millennium High School

Cardozo High School

Flushing High School

Townsend Harris High School

Stuyvesant High School

Brooklyn Technical High School

FDR High School Campus

Acorn Community High School

McKee/Staten Island Technical High Schools

Tottenville High School

 

Girls Division

Bronx Science High School

Lehman High School Campus

Millennium High School

Cardozo High School

Flushing High School

Townsend Harris High School

Stuyvesant High School

Brooklyn Technical High School

FDR High School Campus

James Madison High School

McKee/Staten Island Technical High Schools

Tottenville High School

 

The debut season for badminton includes the following schools:

Boys Division

Bronx Science

Martin Luther King Jr. High School Campus

Flushing International

Townsend Harris

Stuyvesant High School

Brooklyn Technical High School

FDR High School Campus

Seward Park Educational Campus

John Dewey High School Campus

James Madison High School

Flushing High School

 

Girls Division

Bronx Science

Martin Luther King Jr. High School Campus

Flushing International

Flushing High School

Townsend Harris High School

Stuyvesant High School

Brooklyn Technical High School

FDR High School Campus

John Dewey High School Campus

Seward Park Educational Campus

Tottenville High School

Editors:

Patricia Willens

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