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Andy Roddick Rallies $300,000 for Brevard County Kids

December 27, 2007 01:24 PM

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INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, Dec. 18, 2007 – On Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, Harris and OMNI Healthcare’s Rally with Roddick, Brevard’s 1st men’s professional tennis event, raised over $300,000 for two local children’s charities: Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition (BNDC) and Community Access To Child Health (CATCH) of Brevard. 

Rally with Roddick, held at Kiwi Tennis Club, was the brainchild of Kiwi pro and former WTA player Tracy Almeda-Singian.  Almeda-Singian had previously trained with Roddick during their junior playing days. Tracy said, “Andy is a great guy and his commitment to children is simply amazing.  Making a difference in kids' lives is the best reason I could think of for Andy and I to hang out.”

The world's No. 6 player and top-rated American, Andy Roddick has displayed a strong sense of duty toward charity events -- it's estimated he plays in 10-15 a year.  When asked why he chose Indian Harbour Beach as one of his stops this year, Roddick said, “Tracy has been a big supporter of the foundation [Andy Roddick Foundation] for the past five years and it was only fitting to return the favor. I am happy I am here and could do my part.”

Fred Sutton, a developer from Satellite Beach, submitted a bid of $25,000 during the dinner gala on Sunday, Dec. 9th to be Roddick’s partner in the opening Monday night exhibition match.

"I wanted to have the opportunity to talk with Andy," Sutton said regarding his decision to stay on the same side of the net as Roddick.  Sutton and Roddick defeated American pro Robert Kendrick and online bid winner, Andy Creel, 4-2 in the opening event Monday night at the Harris and OMNI Healthcare’s Rally with Roddick charity tennis exhibition.  With over 750 in crowd, many chanted "Fred, Fred, Fred" after several skilled shots, including an overhead winner.

In the evening's main event involving four American pros, Roddick and 20-year-old Jesse Levine (world ranking of No. 174) defeated the 28-year-old Kendrick (No. 105) and 25-year-old Amer Delic (No. 140) 7-6, 6-4 in a fast-paced match on Har-Tru surface at Kiwi Tennis Club’s main court.

“Andy, Jesse, Robert and Amer are not only exceptional athletes, but also have great personalities. We are fortunate to have our American players willing to give back to the community. They put on a fantastic show for a great cause,” said Almeda-Singian.

The evening's attraction, of course, was 25-year-old Roddick who was in great form and worked the crowd.  Roddick’s schedule is hectic with several charity exhibition matches until next month's Australian Open.

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  • View more photos from the event HERE

Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition (BNDC) has made a significant impact on the revitalization of one of Brevard’s most desperate communities.  BNDC’s greatest impact to date has been ‘The DOCK,’ an Outreach Center for Children.  This safe haven is getting kids off of ‘mean’ streets and providing them with opportunity and hope.

Community Access To Child Health (CATCH) is a non-profit corporation established as a Children’s Medical Services Primary Care Program to ensure that Brevard County’s under-served pediatric population, especially those children with special health care needs, enter a comprehensive, coordinated system of pediatric health care as early in life as possible.

 

 

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