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Champion Porsche Turkey Bowl Fights for a Cause

November 13, 2007 10:31 AM

November 21st is the start of this year’s 22nd Annual Champion Porsche Turkey Bowl, sanctioned by USTA Florida, at the Swim & Racquet Center in Boca Raton.  Over 200 players are expected to compete in the five day, Thanksgiving-week tournament.  The draw is stock full of talented international players who hope to become the next rising star on the ATP circuit. 

Each year, the tournament draws the area’s best players, combined with talented players from Europe, Asia, South America, Morocco, Russia and many other countries; last year, the tournament alone drew players from 30 countries.  The world’s top junior, collegiate, high school and professional players, including the likes of Andy Roddick, Vince Spadea, Gael Monfils, Carling Bassett, Brenda Schultz and Jill Craybas have participated is this competition.  Exact divisions consist of Open Singles, Open Doubles, NTRP Singles and NTRP Doubles.

Perhaps the true significance underlying the tournament is the mission it supports.  The tournament benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation (SGKF) with a portion of the player fees ($5) going to the foundation.  The foundation is a national and local leader in the fight against breast cancer with innovative, non-duplicative grant awards and education programs. 

Keith Dunlop, tournament director of the Champion Porsche Turkey Bowl, approached the South Florida Susan G. Komen Foundation with hopes of adding a charitable twist to the tournament; and his reasons why are quiet palpable.  Ten years ago, his mother went through treatment for the disease and is now a breast cancer survivor.  His co-worker, Susan Taylor, has gone through two bouts of breast cancer, and is on her way to a full recovery as well; she is the director of the Swim & Racquet Center.

Following a successful “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” in October, the importance of this partnership is unquestionable.  Although there has been great involvement with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and tennis, this is the first year the Champion Porsche Turkey Bowl and the foundation have partnered up. 

“The foundation likes to be affiliated with good, healthy activities such as tennis,” explained Dorothy Sperling, development manager of the SGKF.  “Any opportunity to educate people and raise awareness in a community is important.  We hope the tournament will raise money, and that all tennis players will be wearing a pink ribbon.”

There will be pink merchandise for sale, pink enamel ribbon pins for the players, and a 2008 Calendar & Resource guide about breast cancer and breast exams.  In addition, a Charity Auction on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3:00 p.m. will provide live entertainment, free food from Duffy’s Bar and Grill and an opportunity for players to bid on sponsor gifts - including a signed tennis racquet from Chris Evert.   

The Swim & Racquet Center has hosted the event for the past six years.  Junior players use this tournament as a tune up before the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships in Bradenton and the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships in Key Biscayne. 

This is an exciting event with prize money for the winners, a cause for the hearts and five straight days of great tennis!  Event is open to the public.  For more information, click here!






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