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Florida Tennis Sites Needed for One-Court Feb. 8 Cancer Fundraiser

January 14, 2014 11:13 AM
tennisrelayOrganizers are soliciting Florida tennis facilities to hold fundraising events on Feb. 8 in support of "Keep The Ball In Motion -- Rally And Give Back," an annual Tennis Relay raising money to support Genomic Cancer research, and spearheaded by high school student Teah Flynn.

Florida sites hosting events last year included River Strand Golf and Country Club in Bradenton, and Kiwi Tennis Club in Indian Harbour Beach.

"I encourage all of my fellow USPTA pros and pros everywhere to participate in Tennis Relay Event on February 8," said Nate Griffin, USPA member and director of tennis at River Strand Golf and Country Club. "I received an e-mail from Teah Flynn over a year ago and saw how much effort a high school student was doing to begin a national tennis fundraising event for Genomic Cancer research and agreed to run this event at my club. It was simple to organize this event with a couple of e-mails and it basically ran itself from there. You only need one court and the format is simple and fun. We raised a few hundred dollars and we will probably double that total this next year."

This year will be the second annual event following its debut in 2013.

"We can't do it without coaches, tennis professionals and enthusiasts participating," Flynn says. "For the first annual event on  February 9, 2013, coaches in Florida, Georgia, Arkansas and Wisconsin participated. It was a great event and will be even better in 2014. I would be happy to send you contact information for the coaches that participated in 2013. It was a lot of fun. Great for tennis and great for Genomic Cancer Research."

Participants pay $10 to play in the event, and 100 percent of all proceeds go to the Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis for Genomic Cancer Research.

For more information go to www.tennisrelay.org.






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