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TheAirHockeyGuy - 13 Aug 2015
Total Posts: 472
It's hard to believe it has almost been 3 weeks already since the 2015 AHPA World Championship. Things are finally calming down in terms of all the media attention our newest champion Coin Cummings has garnered for his amazing feat. I just wanted to take some time to jot down some thank yous and reflect a little on the event.

First off, thank you to everyone that helped with the event. Almost everyone that attended helped at some point during the event whether it be helping with setup/teardown, doing interviews, volunteering to ref, helping with the amateur event, the list goes on and on. There are so many moving parts when it comes to running an event like this and it just can't be done without the help of others. Thank you to my business partner Brian Accrocco for doing what he does best, and that is keep the event running smoothly. It is amazing to see how much Brian does during an event and then watch him put up a 3rd place finish nonetheless. Thank you to Steven Accrocco, John Stucky , Doug Howard, Mike Rose and Mike Thomas for your contributions during setup and/or teardown of the event. Thank you to Nickie Keller and Yvonne Ng for taking photographs throughout the event. Between helping run the event and playing, it was impossible for me to get all the pictures I wanted on my own. Nickie and Yvonne helped us capture this even so that we can share it with others for years to come. Last but not least, I want to thank all the players again. I understand all of the sacrifices you all make to participate in an event like this and I assure you it doesn't go unnoticed. On top of that there were the changes that have taken place with us starting our own organization. It means a lot to us that given all of that, you still made the effort to come out and support what we are trying to do.
As is has been pointed out by a few people, attendance was down compared to the event we held in Denver last year. There are a lot of reasons for this, some being political and some being as simple as schedule conflicts. Regardless of the attendance levels, Brian and I set out to put together the best event we could for the players that were able to participate and I hope that the final product reflected that. For the players that did come, all we ask of you is to share your experience with players that were unable or chose not to attend. Some may be more willing to come next year, some may not. In the end, we are OK with that. While we would love for everyone in the existing player base to come to our events, we know that probably won't happen. This is OK because our goal is not to just maintain the existing player base....(continued)

Chris Lee
Co-Founder, CEO
Air Hockey Players Association (AHPA)
 
TheAirHockeyGuy - 13 Aug 2015
Total Posts: 472
Our goal is to GROW the existing player base. While we may lose a dozen, we aim to gain thousands. We will not be discouraged by, nor will we hold grudges against, anyone that chooses not to attend our events. In the end it is up to the players to decide if they will come to our events or not. The only thing we can do is provide an amazing experience that makes people WANT to come to our events. We hope we gave the players that experience this year and we will continue to strive for that in our events moving forward. I will be sending out a survey in the next week to all the players that attended. Please take the time to fill it out so that we can continue to provide you all with events that you will all enjoy! Thank you!

Chris Lee
Co-Founder, Air Hockey Players Association



Chris Lee
Co-Founder, CEO
Air Hockey Players Association (AHPA)
 

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