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11-Year Old Ping Pong Champ Drops Out of Final Game For Shabbat

Estee Ackerman wouldn’t play at the 2012 National Table Tennis Championships because it fell on Friday night

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: January 2nd, 2013 in Culture » Society » News
Estee Ackerman

11-year old, Estee Ackerman, from Long Island, NY is currently ranked 4th in the United States in the 8-11 bracket for ping pong.

On December 21st, a Friday night, Ackerman chose to disqualify herself from the 2012 National Table Tennis Championships because the game fell on a Friday night.

Although it was her final match, Ackerman told the New York Post that “Ping-pong is important to me, but my religion of Judaism is also very important to me.”

Ackerman does not blame the event’s organizers for the scheduling conflict, as she understands that 800 players must be accommodated in the five-day event. She was very “disappointed”, however, as she trained for six months leading up to the Las Vegas tournament.

The 11-year old, who routinely beats players in their 20’s and 30’s, hopes to one day represent the United States playing ping pong in the Olympics.

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