We're Building a Dream.
The dream is a widespread implementation of our effective,
formalized and carefully supervised programs in "table tennis
therapy" through an exclusive approach dedicated to enhancing
the lives of individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
The dream is a sophisticated facility for individuals with various forms
of dementia, seniors and baby boomers that specifically promotes
1) mental stimulation, aerobic physical activity, and fun through table tennis
2) provides an exciting social sanctuary from the rest of the world
rather than simply a "way station" to pass the day.
The dream is a unique facility for both "at-risk" and children from
low-income homes as well as developmentally and physically
disabled children to find a "home away from home."
Our unique "Yes, I Can" Programs enable them to create
a new "positive identity" through specially designed
table tennis (ping pong) activities that provide individual
nurturing and highly focused attention.
The dream is the creation of the most advanced U.S. Table Tennis Training Facility
for future Olympic Junior Table Tennis athletes in the United States.
“The Sport and Art Educational Foundation is a dream that creates a future.”
The Sport and Art Educational Foundation is the product of the passionate
vision of Mikhail Zaretsky, President of SAEF.
Born in 1961 in Gomel, Belarus (formerly the USSR), Zaretsky began
his training as a table tennis player at the age of 8 years old. His abilities
as a gifted player were so evident that he played in
his first tournament at the age of 9.
For the next 10 years, Zaretsky endured the most rigorous
training imaginable. Typical training sessions, as in most countries
where the game is a national pastime, would run for a minimum of 3-4 hours,
four to six days a week. As a result, at the age of 17, Mikhail Zaretsky won
the distinguished Belarusian Junior Championship. By the time
he turned 22, he had become a professional coach dedicated to passing
on his appreciation of this most remarkable game not only to young
children - but as a beneficial and social activity for the elderly as well.
The concept for The Sport and Art Foundation is born from
Mikhail Zaretsky's wonderful passion, his deep and abiding belief that
“table tennis / ping pong” not only provides a gateway to a healthier
physical life, but to a deeper and richer understanding of ourselves.
In 2007, Mikhail Zaretsky added to his many achievements by establishing
the Sport and Art Educational Foundation, an innovative non-profit
organization designed to benefit those afflicted with early stage
Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.