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Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Daryl Sterling Jr., Warren ’01

Game Master. Daryl Sterling Jr., Warren ’01, isn’t like most professional athletes. When he was eight years old, he lost a leg, following a car accident, and he never played sports growing up. Then in his 20s, he discovered his love of table tennis. And despite numerous challenges, Sterling has been a professional table tennis athlete since 2009, touring such countries as Romania, Italy and Argentina.

“The sports I tried before, like basketball, involved way too much running,” says Sterling. “But when I tried ping pong, I didn’t have to move as much and it was just something I could control much easier.”

Sterling, a computer science major, credits the discovery of his passion to UC San Diego, where he first watched Andre Scott, a professional table tennis player, in the Price Center game room.

“I joined the UCSD table tennis club and they said ‘you’re getting a bit better, maybe you should try Balboa Park,’” Sterling says. “Those people were playing a totally different game than what I had been playing. I was so intimidated.”

But it’s been seven years since Sterling overcame his fear—and the odds.

“Last year, I got my first gold medal at the Brazilian Open,” says Sterling. “I’ve gotten a lot of silver, only one gold so far, but it won’t be the last.”