Fox Valley Table Tennis club has been operating since 1998, when a group of players (Dean, Roger and others) convinced the management to add table tennis to its growing list of activities. The club started with 8 Stiga tables some of them donated by the founders and some by the Paddle Palace online table tennis store. At first the club offered annual memberships at the cost of $60 which attracted local players.
Around 2010 when the original founders became less involved with club, the Eola Community Center took over the club. The memberships were eliminated and a daily fee of $4 for residents and $5 for non-residents was established. The club still attracted local players but the price increase & deteriorating equipment kept steering top players to other area clubs – Xilin in Naperville and Wheaton club in Wheaton Park District.
In 2011 this situation prompted Swavek Lorenc to do something about it. He fixed up the aging Stiga tables, convinced the E.C.C. management to fix the storage area threshold which contributed to break down of the tables suspensions and organized the first tournament to re-energize the club. Success of this tournament held in March of 2011, convinced Swavek that local players are hungry for such events and started organizing 2 – 4 tournaments a year.
In June of 2012, the first sanctioned tournament was organized with the help of a local company – Infogix, Inc. The success of this tournament has led to organization of additional sanctioned tournaments resulting in club awareness among the Chicago area players.
As of this writing, on busy days the club attracts 20+ players with minimum waiting thanks to 8 tables available for playing.