(Black PR Wire) Known for its share of prizefights, the Seminole Hard Rock Live hosted a heavyweight battle like never before. On Sunday, November 1, Jason Taylor, the legendary Miami Dolphins defender, squared off against current Dolphins Pro Bowl center, Mike Pouncey, in an epic table tennis match as part of the Global Wealth Management JT’s Ping-Pong Smash 12 - Presented by Publix (#JTvsPouncey). Raising nearly $50,000, proceeds from the event benefited the Jason Taylor Foundation, whose mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life. Additionally, this year’s Smash also supported the Team Pouncey Foundation.
This one-of-a-kind event pairs generous community members with some of the Sunshine State’s most recognizable personalities from the worlds of sports and entertainment. This year, Taylor was joined by a host of current and former Miami Dolphins players, in addition to several South Florida radio and television personalities as well as the always lovely and talented Miami Dolphins cheerleaders. Participants then attended the Hooters Champions’ Celebration for food and drinks in addition to a silent auction.
Raising the championship belts for this year’s smash were former PGA professional Gary Nicklaus and his teammate, Steve Sadaka of Stephen Douglas Associates. The team of Nicklaus and Sadaka defeated former Gator basketball star Teddy Dupay and Owen Cantor. NBC 6’s Kelly Blanco and two-time defending JT’s Ping Pong Smash champion Dwight Rowe of Flanagan’s rounded out the top three.
Prior to the main event, the Ping-Pong Smash Kid’s Clinic was held, rewarding 100 deserving children from the South Florida community. The clinic, supported by UPS, gave the children in attendance an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the world’s fastest sport, table tennis, from former Puerto Rican Junior National Table Tennis Champion and three-time JT’s Ping-Pong Smash Champion, Juan Ly. Ly and his table tennis club team from the University of Miami demonstrated the rules of the game, scoring and sport-related vocabulary, along with general techniques, before allowing guided practice of each of the techniques. The clinic concluded with a period of free play during which time participants enjoyed fresh new music and crowd favorites played by Power Parties DJs and Lighting and had a surprise guest as TD, the Miami Dolphins mascot, stopped by for fun and photos.