- The 2013 Butterfly Team Championships table tennis tournament will be taking place at The Fieldhouse in Merrillville Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1. The tournament will bring 120 participants on 32 teams to the area.

According to Dan Seemiller, one of the tournament directors, the 2013 Butterfly Team Championships has participants coming from all over the nation including Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey and New York. Former table tennis Olympian Mark Hazinski will be participating on one of the top teams.

"This is the first time we're doing a team event. We're hoping to build on this and bring in a lot more teams," said Seemiller.

The public is invited to watch the matches as well as check out Butterfly's table tennis equipment that will be on sale. Tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 and will run until 8:00 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 1, tournament play will begin at 9:00 a.m. with team finals beginning mid-afternoon. The event is free to attend.

The Fieldhouse is located at 899 E. 99th Ct, Merrillville, IN 46307. For more information, visit