‘The Sport of Love’: Ping-Pong, the Great Equalizer

Wally Green has played wherever from Brooklyn to Pyongyang, turning into a dearest American diplomat for table tennis – and worldwide arrangement – all the while.

A Ping-Pong ball, almost as light as a penny, safeguarded Wally Green. It sent him to China, Japan and North Korea. It took more time to a dance club in Hong Kong where, in the midst of a whoosh of theater smoke and razzle-amaze lights, a pool table was culled from the floor and suspended in midair to clear a path for a display Ping-Pong match.

A Ping-Pong ball moved Green from public lodging projects in Brooklyn and dropped him in Midtown Manhattan. In a rec corridor on 50th St., as a secondary school understudy derisive of the game – was it even a game, he used to think, this interaction between weak ball and oar? – he played against a portion of the city’s ideal, as of late printed Americans from Guyana and China, Israel and Jamaica. He turned ace, with Rockstar Games, the producer of the Grand Theft Auto computer game series, as his support. He visited the world.

“No joke,” Green said. “If not for table tennis, I’d be dead or in prison at this point.”

Today, Green, 41, ventures to every part of the nation conveying rousing addresses at schools and health withdraws. Last month, he urged youngsters to persist during a TEDx talk. In June, he will give a graduation address at a contract school in Brooklyn. He went for The Cube, the TV game show facilitated by the resigned ball star Dwyane Wade, cooperating with a table tennis player brought into the world in Togo. He educates at a Ping-Pong social club, the area of Wall Street brokers and other people who can bear $49-an-hour table tennis meetings and $15 mixed drinks.