MIAMI DOLPHINS LEGEND JASON TAYLOR & PRO BOWL CENTER MIKE POUNCEY
TO CO-HOST CHG HEALTHCARE JT’S PING-PONG SMASH 13 – PRESENTED BY PUBLIX
AT HARD ROCK LIVE ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7
HOLLYWOOD – The only thing better than an epic table-tennis battle between two football giants is the rematch! On Monday, November 7, Jason Taylor, the legendary Miami Dolphins defender, and Mike Pouncey, the Dolphins current Pro Bowl center, will renew their rivalry during the CHG Healthcare JT’s Ping-Pong Smash 13 – Presented by Publix (#JTvsPouncey). Proceeds from the event, which will take place at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, will benefit 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. This year’s Smash will also support the Team Pouncey Foundation.
“Mike is such a great guy and we are thrilled to be partnering with him again this year,” said Taylor. “He’s not much of a ping pong player, but he’s one of the best offensive lineman in all of football and more importantly, a real leader in this community.”
“JT has always been a guy who I’ve looked up to, other than for his ping pong skills, of course,” said Pouncey. “So partnering with him on this event was a blast last year and we’re looking forward to having even more fun, and helping even more kids, this year.”
This one-of-a-kind event will again pair generous community members with some of the Sunshine State’s most recognizable personalities from the worlds of sports and entertainment, including Taylor and Pouncey, as well as a host of current and former Miami Dolphins players, cheerleaders and others. The duos will compete in a round-robin style ping-pong tournament while raising money for local children’s charities. The fun-filled, electric atmosphere will also feature Kimmy B from the Hits 97.3 DJ Laz Morning Show, as well as Power Parties DJs & Lighting filling the arena with today’s hottest music, in addition to the Best Buy Fun Zone, where those in attendance can enjoy a Best Buy gaming station, hair cuts, interactive games and more!
Prior to the action that evening, the Jason Taylor Foundation will hold the ninth-annual Ping-Pong Smash Kids Clinic – Supported by UPS. Nearly 100 deserving children will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the world’s fastest sport from former Puerto Rican Junior National Table Tennis Champion and three-time JT’s Ping-Pong Smash Champion, Juan Ly. The Kids Clinic will take place from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, also at Hard Rock Live.
Following the event, participants will attend the Hooters Champions’ Celebration to take part in the awards ceremony, a silent auction and loads of fun!
In addition to CHG Healthcare, Publix, Hooters and UPS, other supporters include Best Buy of Davie, Fanatics, Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill, Gerlinde & Michael Photography, Gevitta Vitamin Spray, Global Wealth Management, Grounds Group, Inko Dada, Invicta Watch Company, Joe Rose, The Jorge Nation Foundation, Kids 2 Camp, Killerspin, The Law Offices of Lawrence Zieper, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Milam’s Markets, Northwestern Mutual sponsored by Rich Goodman, PopGraphicsUSA.com, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Solar D Sunscreen, Steven Douglas Associates, Thunderous Genius Creative House, Wizard Creations, UB Chillin’ and Zing Sock Club.
Doors open for the CHG Healthcare JT’s Ping-Pong Smash 13 – Presented by Publix at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 7. Admission to the event is a $5.00 donation to the Jason Taylor Foundation. For more information, please call (954) 424-0799, visit www.jasontaylorfoundation.org, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram: @JTFoundation99 (#JTvsPouncey).
About the Jason Taylor Foundation
In July 2004, Miami Dolphins legendary Defensive End, Jason Taylor, established the Jason Taylor Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The Foundation’s 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.
Since opening its doors, the Jason Taylor Foundation has impacted tens of thousands of children through innovative programming including The Jason Taylor Reading Room, Cool Gear for the School Year, the Jason Taylor Children’s Learning Center, Jason Taylor Scholars and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, among others. For more information on the Jason Taylor Foundation, please visit the organization’s website at www.JasonTaylorFoundation.org or follow on social media sites including Facebook: www.facebook.com/jasontaylorfoundation or Twitter and Instagram: @jtfoundation99
About CHG Healthcare
Founded in 1979, CHG Healthcare Services is a leader in healthcare staffing and the nation’s largest provider of locum tenens services. Through its trusted brands — CompHealth, Weatherby Healthcare, RNnetwork, Foundation Medical Staffing, and Global Medical — the company provides temporary and permanent placement of physicians, allied health professionals and nurses to healthcare facilities across America. CHG prides itself on having a values-driven culture that focuses on Putting People First. The company is known for its award-winning culture and benefits and has been named one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” each of the past seven years. To learn more about CHG’s workplace culture, visit www.chghealthcare.com.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 186,000 employees, with 2015 sales of $32.4 billion. Currently Publix has 1,129 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 19 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, www.publix.com.