If table tennis is going to be a professional sport, then it needs to be heavily funded with sponsors. Everyone knows that. However, most of the top US players are just sitting back and waiting for a knock at the door.
Rarely does a major sponsor knock on the door of a tt player.
Ok so here is the secret…
The question is not, “What can I get from a sponsor?”
The question is, “What can I give to a sponsor?”
Kids, national team members, aspiring champions, and anyone who wants to have a successful career in table tennis… Listen up! Sit down right now and list some things that you can do to promote Wendy’s, promote Nittaku, promote Wal-Mart, or any other future sponsor. No, I’m not kidding. Write it down right now. I personally have a full listing on my website, but for starters, here are a few things. You can wear the company name and logo on your shirts, shorts, and tracksuits. You can mention their name and thank them for helping you when interviewed by the media. You can offer to do door-to-door fliers for them. You can post photos or videos of your sponsor on social media. You can offer to do fundraising exhibitions at your sponsor’s workplace. Seriously, the possibilities are endless. If you can give back to your sponsor, then you are valuable to them. I personally make it my goal to give back twice as much as I get. For example, if Wendy’s gives me $500 for training, then I try to give them $1000 in direct sales. If a used car dealership gives me $10,000, then I try to give them $20,000 in sales. This is tough. This will require effort on your part. However, when the used car dealership gets five new customers within the first two months, you will then have a sponsor for life. If the used car dealership continues to give you $10,000 and you continue to deliver $20,000 in sales, they will continue supporting you.
I grew up in a family of five with a single income of my dad making $30,000/year. Of course, my parents didn’t have money to send me to tournaments, buy equipment, hire coaches, etc… So, for the last 20 years, I have been funded by local sponsors who have helped me along the way. Even if you are from a rich family, please realize that your parents can’t always help you financially. The younger you are when you start promoting yourself and raising sponsorship, the better. Start with some local stores then build upwards. If you need my advice, just send me a message and I’ll be glad to help.
I want to personally thank my sponsors who have been so faithful to me over the years!!!!
Thank You Presper Financial Architects, Akers Signs, Sports Alliance of Greater Akron,Newgy Robo-Pong, Nittaku, Paddle Palace, CLJ Studios, Clear Choice Custom Lasik Center, Harter & Harter Dentistry, Wil-Cut Engineered Abrasive Solutions, Bridgestone, Shaw JCC, Norwalk Concrete, Studio 330 Wedding Professionals, The Great Wall Restaurant, Really Lebanese Restaurant, Union Institute & University, Canton Table Tennis Club, Butterfly, Seaway Valley, Aker’s Signs, Realm of the Reptile, Feather Crafts ‘N’ Things, Martin & Associates, Subway, the Sports Alliance of Greater Akron, and EyeCare 20/20.