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Platform tennis players raise $22,000 for charities
01-18-2011
North Jersey NorthJersey.com
BY BARBARA WILLIAMS
The Record
reprinted from : http://www.northjersey.com/
Nearly 150 sweaty, agile platform tennis players raised about $22,000 for local charities Saturday as they participated in an annual tournament that is more about camaraderie than winning. full story from northjersey.com



 


Platform tennis players raise $22,000 for charities
Sunday, January 16, 2011 
LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY JANUARY 16, 2011, 10:52 AM
BY BARBARA WILLIAMS
THE RECORD -
STAFF WRITER
 
Brookside Racquet Club
DON SMITH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Platform tennis courts at the Brookside Racquet and Swim Club in Allendale, site of Saturday's charity tournament.

Platform tennis courts at the Brookside Racquet and Swim Club in Allendale, site of Saturday's charity tournament.

Residents from across North Jersey and New York threw in a minimum of $100 to play in the Brookside Invitational Charity Platform Tennis Festival that will benefit Special Olympics Bergen County, Eva's Kitchen inPaterson, Camp Moore inWanaque, and dozens of individuals and families.

o-sponsored by theRutherford Elks Club and the Brookside Racquet and Swim Club, the event allowed 32 men's and 24 women's two-player teams compete in at least three matches each.

"Almost every person writes a check that is larger than $100," said Jim Ward, organizer of the event and an officer with the RutherfordElks. "And when it's all done, one family that wants to remain anonymous picks up whatever expenses we have so all the money collected goes to the charities."

Since Ward organized the first tournament seven years ago, where only 32 players participated, the event has raised $120,000 and continues to grow. The outdoor event runs from 8 a.m. until well past dark and players are treated to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the clubhouse.

On Saturday, women competed at the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes, and more locations may be added for next year's event since the limited number of courts forced organizers to turn away participants.

Because the event is played in all kinds of weather — some players talk fondly of whacking the ball in the middle of a snowstorm — the aluminum courts have heaters underneath the surface. Found mainly in country clubs, the courts are built on a platform and surrounded by wire screens that are used in play, similar to way the walls of a racquetball court are used.

Players finished matches with sweat dripping down their faces, soaked shirts and big smiles.

"Not only is it a lot of fun but it's an emotional thing to help these charities and families," said Jerry Salvi, a Wyckoff resident on the organizing committee. "It's a great honor to be a part of this."

E-mail: williamsb@northjersey.com
http://www.northjersey.com/community/113835664_Tennis_tournament_is_platform_to_help_needy.html

 

 


 
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