Sarandon gives $75,000 for NYC school table tennis

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NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Sarandon has donated $75,000 to support table tennis programs in New York City public schools.

The city Department of Education said Wednesday that the money will pay for equipment and coaching. There are 27 high schools and middle schools that have added table tennis this year.

Sarandon is the co-owner of a Manhattan table tennis club called SPIN.

The actress told The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/wEZrk1 ) that the sport relieves stress and is great for kids who are unfocused and need exercise.

Deputy Schools Chancellor Kathleen Grimm thanked Sarandon for her strong support.

The president of the American Youth Table Tennis Organization, Ben Nisbet, says table tennis is a fantastic sport for young people because anyone can play.

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