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Date: October 18, 2023
Time: 5:00pm PT/ 8:00pm ET
Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Marcel Straub- Founder/Owner Street Racket
Marcel Straub, the founder and director of Street Racket, was the head of the center for competence in physical education in Zurich, Switzerland, when he invented the innovative sports, health and education concept in 2017. During a sabbatical he helped a friend support the physical education system in a developing country (Dominica, Caribbean). Marcel was an international squash player for the Swiss team for almost 20 years and he was also an expert coach. So he was asked to promote table tennis during his time in Dominica, as the ministry of sports wanted to engage more in racket sports. But infrastructure was very limited (table tennis tables were really scarce) and Marcel needed to improvise. He started to draw some kind of two dimensional table tennis tables right onto the roads with chalk, and he kept improving the setup while creating more and more games and activities in the streets. In only a few weeks, the characteristic squares started to form the core of this new movement concept that is seen as the new and perfect basis for any racket sport by many experts and organizations today. Marcel quit his leading position in sports promotion to pursue his dream to move the world with his own sport. In little Switzerland, the home of Street Racket, there are already more than 5000 permanent Street Racket courts painted in schoolyards, public places, leisure centers, sports grounds and residential areas with new ones emerging every week. Plus thousands of Street Racket courts that are creatively and playfully drawn by the hands of kids with chalk every day – only to disappear again with the next rainfall. With more than 100 countries playing Street Racket, the lack of infrastructure in Dominica has lead to a new global initiative that brings lots of joy, education, empowerment, health and activities to millions of people at their very doorstep!