KETTLER USA Donates Table Tennis Equipment to Troops

Leisure and fitness equipment manufacturer joins forces with worldwide logistics company to send gift to U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.

Dec 13, 2013, 12:56 ET from KETTLER USA

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to ease the minimal living conditions for some soldiers stationed overseas, KETTLER USA has partnered with freight carrier AIT Worldwide Logistics to send a gift of appreciation to the U.S Army Bravo 2/44 Air Defense Artillery Unit in Afghanistan. As a leader in leisure and fitness equipment, KETTLER USA donated a table tennis table and some equipment to the group of 70 men and women who are based out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. AIT Worldwide Logistics provided the freight transportation for delivery.

"We were contacted by a soldier in Afghanistan who mentioned that his unit's living conditions were sparse, and asked if we could help out with some amenities," said Stephen Mannix, vice president of KETTLER USA. "We wanted to support our troops with a token of our appreciation for all that they do. AIT has been very instrumental in making this happen."

The package is currently en route to Afghanistan and should arrive within a few weeks. The parcel sent to the soldiers contained the Top Star XL, one of KETTLER's most popular outdoor table tennis tables, as well as some racquets and several table tennis balls. A poster board display explaining the general rules of the game was adorned with notes and messages of thanks from employees.

About AIT Worldwide Logistics: As a transportation and freight company, AIT Worldwide Logistics ( provides scalable, customized shipping solutions to suppliers and customers all over the globe. Headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, AIT offers transportation and logistics services through a global network of service providers.

About KETTLER USA: KETTLER USA ( is the manufacturer and distributor of high quality leisure and fitness equipment, bikes, foldable treadmills, table tennis tables and accessories, kids' toys, outdoor dining sets, backyard furniture and more. The company focuses on quality craftsmanship, customer service, innovation and safety. KETTLER USA was founded in 1981 and is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is a member of the KETTLER companies based in Germany.