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High school pingpong tournament tonight

— Local teens can paddle it out for the right to be called pingpong champions — and winners of $25 gift certificates — during a city Teen Programs event tonight.

The city’s Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Dep–artment will host a pingpong tournament for high school students tonight at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street.

The event is sponsored by Teen Programs, a division of the parks and recreation department. Teen Programs sponsors safe, affordable and substance-free monthly events for teens.

Teen Programs coordinator Brooke Lightner said students from the Steamboat Springs High School leadership class suggested and planned the pingpong event, which is from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the upstairs gym at the Human Services Center.

The cost is $3 for participants and spectators, and prizes will be given to the winners of singles and doubles tournaments, Lightner said. The prizes are $25 gift certificates from the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, redeemable at most local businesses, including several ski shops.

Proceeds from the event help fund teen events. Last month, Teen Programs hosted a movie night with a showing of the Will Ferrell holiday comedy “Elf.” Next month’s event is an evening of tubing at Steamboat Ski Area on Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day.

There also are monthly programs for middle school students. On Jan. 20, a Hawaiian luau dance is scheduled at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Tonight’s pingpong tournament will use equipment provided for free by the Steamboat Springs Table Tennis Club.

“They’ve been really wonderful and cooperative,” Lightner said.

That club hosts open pingpong from 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday night at the Human Services Center. The cost is $5, which club director Greg Binsfeld said covers renting the gym from the Steamboat Springs School District.

Binsfeld said Thursday that he would like to encourage participation in the high school tournament and the weekly club events.

“It’s such a great game, and anyone can play,” he said.

— To reach Mike Lawrence call 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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