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HOLLYWOOD – On Monday, November 5, Jason Taylor, the Hall of Fame defensive end and Miami Dolphins legend, will host JT’s Ping-Pong Smash 15 – Presented by Publix. Proceeds from the event, which will take place at the Hard Rock Event Center 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.

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“It’s hard for me to believe that this is our 15th year of the Smash, but the support from the community continues to be amazing,” said Taylor. “This is one of the most fun events we hold all year with the amount of local celebs and generous donors who come together for a common goal.”

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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.  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 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!

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“I love partnering with JT on this event every year and just learning from the great work he continues to do for kids throughout our community,” said Pouncey. “I have to say, though, it’s about time he stepped into the promoter role and brought in some real competition. I look forward to the challenge of facing Jarvis. He’s a great teammate and I’ll try not to embarrass him on the tables.”

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“I’ve heard about the Ping-Pong Smash since I came to Miami, but I think JT and Pouncey have been ducking me,” shared Landry. “I’m really looking forward to showing them both what table-tennis is supposed to look like, and more importantly, I can’t wait to present more opportunities for South Florida youth.”

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Prior to the action that evening, the Jason Taylor Foundation will hold the eleventh-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.

In addition to Publix and UPS, other supporters include Invicta Watch Company, as well as Best Buy of Davie, Fanatics, Five Reasons Sports Network, Global Wealth Management, Grounds Group, Inko Dada, Joe Rose, Kids 2 Camp, The Law Offices of Lawrence Zieper, Milam’s Markets, Northwestern Mutual sponsored by Rich Goodman, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, PopGraphicsUSA.com, Popular Bank, Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, Seminole Tribe of Florida, SIDES Charity, StevenDouglas, Thunderous Genius Creative House, Titos Vodka, Wizard Creations and UB Chillin’.

Doors open for JT’s Ping-Pong Smash 15 – Presented by Publix at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 6.  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. 


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 visit the organization’s website at www.JasonTaylorFoundation.org or follow on social media sites including Facebook or Twitter and Instagram: @jtfoundation99.

About Publix

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.