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Jim Berry Tennis Classic Swings into Action

February 2, 2007 08:40 AM

Miami, Jan. 29, 2007 The fourth annual Jim Berry Tennis Classic (JBTC) will serve up a memorable day of tennis, fun and goodwill to benefit the Greater Miami Tennis Foundation (GMTF) starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14.

Held annually at Royal Palm Tennis Club in Pinecrest, the JBTC is free and open to the public and will feature a celebrity tennis exhibition featuring Jay Berger and Harold Solomon.  Not to miss will be a pro-am tennis tournament, sponsor clinic and the EWM Realtors Children’s Activity Park with a rock climbing wall, moonwalk and fun shack, followed by a luncheon and live auction.  CBS4 Sports Director Jim Berry will host the fundraising event.

“It is a privilege to host this great event that truly helps the South Florida community,” Berry says. “The Jim Berry Tennis Classic is not only a fun-filled day of tennis, it’s a way to raise money for an important organization.  I know firsthand how sports can positively influence our youth and tennis especially can provide lifelong opportunities on and off the court.”

Another highlight of the JBTC is a challenge in which guests donate $10 to guess the number of tennis balls in a Mercedes Benz C Class, provided by title sponsor Bill Ussery Motors Mercedes-Benz.  The car will be in the Bill Ussery showroom starting March 15 and will be moved to the JBTC where the winner will be announced and awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

Among the celebrities who have supported this event are tennis stars Fred Stolle, Cliff Drysdale, Jennifer Capriati, Zina Garrison, NFL players Jay Fiedler, Sage Rosenfels and David Bowens, NBA greats Tim Hardaway and Bob McAdoo, former MLB all-star Andre Dawson and actor John O’Hurley.

All funds will benefit GMTF, a renowned development program for at-risk youth that has served the community since 1974.  Arthur Ashe and Charlie Pasarell helped start the nonprofit organization as the Miami chapter of the National Junior Tennis League.  Since then, more than 35,000 at-risk youth have had the opportunity to learn tennis, valuable life skills and career guidance by participating in free/affordable GMTF programs in neighborhood parks and schools.

Sponsorship is available at a variety of levels.  In addition, professionals and amateurs are welcome to the men’s and women’s pro-am tournament, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, with the finals after lunch.  For more information on participation, please call the Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation at (305) 365-2311 or visit www.jbtc.org.  Royal Palm Tennis Club is located at 7001 SW 98th St., Pinecrest, FL 33156.






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