Ashu Jain has been a member of the New Jersey Table Tennis Club for almost two decades now. The NJTTC has been privileged to be a home and fostering ground of some of the top table tennis players in the United States, including David Zhuang, Ashu Jain, Adam and Judy Hugh, Lily Yip, and many others. In addition to his accomplishments as a table tennis athlete, Ashu has recently received the highest form of flattery - by being on the cover of the USATT magazine - but this time for his various roles in the leadership and governance of USA Table Tennis as well as within the US Olympic Committee. Ashu's most recent appointment to the International Table Tennis Federation's Athletes' Commission (only eleven players selected worldwide including Samsonov, Wang Liqin, Joo Se Hyuk, and others) is perhaps the greatest honor.
Not only are the recent accolades a great honor in appreciation of Ashu's hard work, ethics, and integrity, but also reflects positively on the New Jersey Table Tennis club, "a second home" to Ashu. In fact, the picture used for the Magazine cover was shot right here on "Table 1" at the NJTTC, by a long member Jose Barrios of the club.
Ashu was a late boomer in the sport of table tennis, only beginning play at the age of twelve. His passion and enthusiasm for the sport led him to multiple Junior Gold medals, Collegiate individual and team gold medals, as well as a spot on the Men's National Team in 2001 and 2002. Ashu credits the competitive match play at NJTTC to his performance at key events. Though Ashu received little formal training, through participation at NJTTC leagues and nightly match playing, Ashu became an excellent match player.
Through the various accolades and recognitions Ashu has received, both on and off the field of play has been a great moment for NJTTC. Ashu Jain not only put himself but also NJTTC and its legacy on the cover of USATT magazine. Previously in 2008 prior to Beijing Olympics, Ashu was invited to the "Today Show" on NBC performing live on National Television!
This achievement of Ashu is arguably the highest achievable approval for a table tennis player in USA, to be on the cover of a USATT magazine. We have a copy of the magazine at the club if anyone wants to read it and the cover can be found displayed with pride at our front desk.
We are extremely proud of Ashu for playing the sport at a high level. We are very moved by Ashu's desire to give back to the game that made him famous. It is a great honor for NJTTC to be Ashu's club. Ashu is a great example and inspiration for our younger generation.
An excerpt of the news at ITTF site about Ashu
Australia's William Henzell, Ashu Jain from the United States of America, Guatemala's Jose- Miguel Ramirez, Nigeria's Offiong Edem and China's Wang Liqin are the five members of the ITTF Athletes Commission appointed by the Executive Committee of the International Table Tennis Federation on Thursday 12th May 2011.
They join the five elected members Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus, Korea's Joo Se Hyuk, Belgium's Jean-Michel Saive, Hungary's Krisztina Toth and Spain's Alfredo Carneros on the the eleven strong Commission.Click here to read this news at ITTF site
A link to USA Table Tennis feature, Athletes making a difference
A link to Ashu's interview with Tim Boggan
A link to Ashu's article about his US Team experience
Here is a list of USATT posts currently held by Ashu Jain
- Chairman: USATT Athletes' Advisory Council (AAC)
- Leadership (Vice Chairman): US Olympic Committee's AAC
- Chairman: Anti-Doping Division, US Olympic Committee
- Chairman: Governance Reform Committee (in charge of total revamping of USATT and Bylaws creation and upkeep)
- Representative: International Table Tennis Federation's Athletes' Commission
- Athlete Director: USATT Board of Directors
Contributed by Santhosh Cheeran