Sunday, September 27, 2009

BadmintonChicago at the Chinatown Parade

BadmintonChicago supports Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics. We participated in the Chinatown parade on Sept 27, 2009. Yin Kean organized a float for the Chicago 2016 bid. Ellen Chung and Levyn Mathew represented BadmintonChicago in the parade.
Chinatown Chicago 2016 Parade

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Olympic Day at Chicago Lake Shore

Tarwin Winawan and Larry Doplito organized a group of BadmintonChicago volunteers to help Chicago2016 celebrate Olympic Day on the Lake front along Lake Michigan. It was obviously fun and frolic while showing off why Badminton is a popular Olympic sport.

Link to the entire picture album from Larry is here.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Burbank Doubles run like clock work

The 2009 Burbank Doubles tournament organized by Sukit Surapiboonchai with Tarwin Winawan as the Tournament Director was an excellent stage to showcase the doubles badminton talent we have in the Chicago area. The tournament started at 9AM and finished on schedule at 6PM. Watch for results at

Susan Jurkonis Tournament a huge success

Here's the message from John Brander - the tournament director for the Susan Jurkonis Tounament held on May 26-27, 2009. BadmintonChicago.Org donated the software to assist in running the tournament and our volunteers also helped out.

"Greetings fellow badders!!!,
I have established this new e-mail for the tournament, I am asking everyone to take a minute and let me know how things went for you. Next year, given the same (and hopefully larger turnout), we will need to expand play. Would you prefer play all day Saturday and Sunday or half day play Friday and Sunday and all day play on Saturday? This should eliminate the long hours of play and short hours of sleep.

First and foremost I want to thank each and every player and spectator for making the 2009 Susan Jurkonis Memorial a success!! I mean it when I say it is truly an honor to be able to run this tournament for what I considered to be a large group of friends. I get excited each year to know that I will see everyone once again and be able to share this great experience with them as well. I know the Jurkonis' feel the same way as well.

I know that the tournament went into the wee hours of the morning but with over 145 participants this was the largest draw we have seen in the 11 years of tournament. With only around 90 entrants just the week before the tournament, I had little reason to worry about such a backlog but did you guys come and come strong! We had over 40 men's singles, men's doubles, and mixed doubles teams. Combined with roughly 18 women's doubles and women's singles participants, and this
was one large badminton party!

Finally, but certainly not last, I would like to thank Sara Karlin for all of her help at the tournament desk. Without her, well I am not sure what would have happened, but it wouldn't have been pretty! Also thanks to Louisville Badminton Supply, Coach Al Loew, the Jurkonis', and the Kimura's for all of their help. Results to follow shortly. Please remember to email with your suggestions or comments, both good and bad! Thanks again everybody and be sure to stay in touch!!!

John Brander

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Elk Grove Village Open Resounding Success

We had record number of entries and we finished on schedule - a rarity for Badminton Events!
Pictures, Results and more here.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Howard Bach visits the Northwest Chinese School in Palatine

Howard Bach visited the Northwest Chinese School in Palatine on March 22 and played with the kids and other members. He signed autographs and gamely played doubles with various combinations of players trying to get the better of him. Some pictures are here.
Howard Bach at Chinese School Palatine 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Asian American Rally for Chicago2016

Chicago's Asian American Community (Asians4Chicago2016.Org) held a rally of over 2,000 people on March 21, 2009 to support Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics The rally had cultural programs and was attended by the Mayor of Chicago - Richard Daley. Former Olympians - including Howard Bach of the USA badminton team were honored. BadmintonChicago supported this free event, For more information on this rally contact

UIC Bhangda Performers at the Asian American Rally.

Howard Bach, USA Badminton Olympian and
Hiroaki Ebihara, President, Yonex USA at the Asian American Rally