For Immediate Release
November 11, 2016
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Seth Levit
(954) 424-0799



(Black PR Wire) HOLLYWOOD – On Monday, November 7, Jason Taylor, the legendary Miami Dolphins defender, and Mike Pouncey, the Dolphins current Pro Bowl center, renewed their table-tennis rivalry while supporting children in need during the CHG Healthcare JT’s Ping-Pong Smash 13 – Presented by Publix. The football giants were joined at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood by a host of generous community members and some of the Sunshine State’s most recognizable personalities from the worlds of sports and entertainment, with proceeds benefitting the Jason Taylor Foundation and Team Pouncey Foundation.

Billed as the “original, celebrity-doubles table tennis tournament,” JT’s Ping-Pong Smash featured 48 duos competing in a fast-paced, round-robin style Ping-Pong tournament, all while utilizing state of the art equipment compliments of Killerspin. In addition to Taylor and Pouncey, celebrity participants included Miami Heat legend Alonzo Mourning and NBA veteran Raja Bell, Olympic Silver Medalist Sam Dorman, Former Marlins World Series Champion Catcher Charles Johnson, WWE Tough Enough Champion Daniel Puder, former Miami Dolphins stars Sam Madison, Nat Moore, Channing Crowder, Chris Chambers, Terry Kirby and Joe Rose, current Dolphins including Kiko Alonso, Ja’Wuan James, John Denney, and Jermon Bushron, University of Miami football legends including Randal “Thrill” Hill, Brett Romberg and Vernon Carey, and South Florida TV personalities including Kelly Blanco, Angie Lassman and Sheli Muniz of NBC-6 and Diana Diaz, Vivian Gonzalez and Alex de Armas of WSVN. The family-friendly event also featured Power Parties DJs & Lighting filling the arena with today’s hottest music, in addition to the Best Buy Fun Zone, where kids in attendance enjoyed gaming stations, haircuts, interactive games and more.

The spectrum of Ping-Pong skills was vast, but as the night progressed, the most talented teams from both the “Ping” and the “Pong” conference advanced to the postseason. When the last Ping-Pong ball hit the floor, however, it was Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso and his partner, Jared Rosetti, representing CHG Healthcare, who earned the right to hoist the championship belts high above their heads, claiming the 2016 JT’s Ping-Pong Smash title. Alonso and Rosetti bested Nat Moore and his partner, Craig Novek of Wizard Creations, in the final match. Smash co-host, Mike Pouncey, claimed third place with the help of Anthony Romano, also representing CHG Healthcare. Following an awards presentation led by Mike Kruz and Kimmy Bell of Hits 97.3, donors and celebs alike enjoyed the Hooters Champions’ Celebration for a silent auction and loads of fun!

Not to be lost in the spirit of competition, JT’s Ping-Pong Smash was preceded by the ninth-annual Ping-Pong Smash Kids Clinic – Supported by UPS. Nearly 100 deserving children had 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 youth participating in the Kids Clinic represented Jason Taylor Foundation partner agencies including The Jason Taylor Reading Room, the Overtown Youth Center and the Urban Leagues of Broward and Greater Miami.

In addition to CHG Healthcare, Publix, Hooters and UPS, other supporters included Best Buy of Davie, Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, 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,, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Solar D Sunscreen, Steven Douglas Associates, Thunderous Genius Creative House, UB Chillin’ and Wizard Creations.

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 or follow on social media sites including Facebook: 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

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,