A BYU-Idaho student’s love for Ping-Pong and desire to give others the opportunity to enjoy the hobby started the idea for a weekly Ping-Pong activity.

Sarah Sommers, a freshman studying art, brought her passion for Ping-Pong to the activities department and stepped outside her comfort zone to head the newly formed club.

“I asked if they had a Ping-Pong club,” Sommers said. “They were like, ‘No, but you can make one.’ I was hesitant at first because it’s my first semester, but I thought about it, so many people like Ping-Pong, and it would be a great opportunity.”

After talking with the activities department, Sommers was given the green light to have a Ping-Pong activity every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Manwaring Center ballroom.

The inaugural activity was held on Oct. 20, with three Ping-Pong tables set up to accommodate a constant flow of relaxed competition.  

“I’ve always loved playing, it’s a fun and relaxed sport,” said Jared Hall, a freshman studying public health.

Hall said that the relaxed nature and low physicality of Ping-Pong is inviting to anyone who would want to play

Cristobal Sanhueza, a freshman studying accounting, began playing the game at the age of six in his native home of Chile. 

“In Chile, all the elementary, middle, and high schools have Ping-Pong,” Sanhueza said. “We played 45 minutes to an hour each day. “It’s so common that every Mormon chapel has a Ping-Pong table.”

Sanhueza said that the Ping-Pong culture in Chile contributed to Latter-day Saint congregations holding frequent tournaments.

The Ping-Pong club is open to all that are interested in participating, regardless of skill level or prior experience.

“I don’t know who doesn’t like Ping-Pong.  It’s a fun way to socialize, to play people with different skill levels, and it’s a fun hobby,” Sommers said.

For more information on the Ping-Pong club, students can visit the BYU-I activities office or show up at the club on any Tuesday.