Last Updated: September 8th, 2021 at 2:14 pm
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POWERHOME SOLAR loves supporting causes benefitting women, children, families and members of the military. We got the chance to check two of those boxes in a most awesome way in serving as the presenting sponsor of two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden’s Celebrity Ping-Pong Challenge benefitting the SeriousFun Children’s Network recently in Nashville, Tennessee.
Twenty-three doubles teams vied for the right to claim the coveted trophies made of old IndyCar parts, with our CEO Jayson Waller and Chief Sales Officer Ben Brookhart forming one of those teams, and Chief Operating Officer/President Steve Murphy and Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Klink forming another. POWERHOME SOLAR is a sponsor of Newgarden, making the opportunity to sponsor this event too good to pass up, considering our giving pedigree.
The competition was incredibly fierce for this charity event, with neither of our executive duos making it past their first match. Nevertheless, the real winner here was the SeriousFun Children’s Network, which received a $136,000 check to support its mission of providing memorable camp experiences to children living with serious illnesses and their families so that they can escape the fear and isolation of their medical conditions.
Who won Josef Newgarden’s Ping-Pong Challenge?
Newgarden, a massive ping-pong enthusiast, took home the championship with help from playing partner, NASCAR standout Ryan Blaney. Newgarden won the event in 2019 with help from four-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves.
“You know I love to compete and win in everything I do, and I think if we had the chance to play Josef and Ryan, we would have crushed them with one hand behind our backs,” Waller quipped. “But more seriously, these guys were really good, and it was fun to see their skills. I love knowing the impact everyone is helping us make on these kids.”
The event drew approximately 100 spectators and members of the media to Pins Mechanical Company in downtown Nashville. Food and fun was had, no matter whether you were inside the ping-pong arena or simply just interested in catching a glimpse or an autograph from your favorite racing star or sports celebrity.
The championship game came down to Newgarden and Blaney vs. NASCAR star Joey Logano and his playing partner. While it was a tightly-contested match, Team Newgarden got the chance to raise the trophies skyward.
“Giving back is important for us as a business,” Klink said. “As we grow as a company, the chances to help causes like this grows, and we are grateful to Josef for picking such a meaningful one.”
In recent months, POWERHOME SOLAR has given more than $150,000 to GivePower, an organization that installs solar-powered desalination systems that provide clean drinking water to developing regions across the world, and it also installed a solar panel system + battery for a deserving military veteran as part of the Lifetime TV show “Military Makeover,” among other opportunities.