Area tennis tournament draws from more than 15 area high schools

The 8th Annual Autumn Classic Tennis Tournament benefiting Norwalk Grassroots Tennis (NGT), an organization that provides outstanding tennis and developmental programs supporting Norwalk’s inner-city youth, is holding its annual charity event on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Autumn Classic High School Tournament, open to all high school students, will be played at both Longshore Park in Westport and Weston Field Club on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10-3. The Tournament was conceived and inaugurated in 2008 and raised more than $3,000. In 2013 more than $25,000 was raised. The 2015 turnout is expected to be very strong, with more than 300 invitees from local High Schools from all over Southwestern Connecticut. “The response has been so strong and new schools are added every year,” said Will Andrews, one of this year’s Event’s Co-Chairpersons. “All of the participants feel so strongly about helping to raise money for such a worthy cause and feel fortunate doing so by playing a sport they love. The play is quite competitive but also a lot of fun.”

“The Autumn Classic is a tremendous boost to Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, bringing together generous long-time supporters while continuing to attract first-time donors to our program,” said Art Goldblatt, Founder and President Emeritus of Norwalk Grassroots Tennis. “With the enthusiastic and generous support of the community, we can continue to change the lives of Norwalk’s youth for generations to come.

The registration fee for the September 26 Tournament is $75 per player and includes breakfast, lunch, trophies, and giveaways from the organization’s supporters. Tennis players from all High Schools are welcome. The format will be boys and girls doubles, both divided into Varsity and JV brackets.

Participating high schools and their respective committee members are:

Event chairpersons:

Will Andrews, Staples High School; Olivia Coyle, Greenwich Academy; Maitlyn Murphy, Greenwich High School.

Committee members:

Harrison Walter, Anna Barsanti, & Russell Mahaney, Darien High School

Mason Jennings & Lauren Hand, Fairfield Ludlowe High School

Theo Allen, Fairfield Prep

Jack Johnson, Fairfield Warde High School

Madeleine Stowe, Wilton High School

Cole Rummelsburg, Greens Farms Academy

Timothy Chiang, Olivia Daytz, & Manon De Vos, Staples High School

Andi Rosenblatt, Weston High School

Nicholas Marchenko, Trumbull High School

Henry Lewis & Maggie Glynn, Greenwich High School

Graham Henderson, King and Low Heywood Thomas School

Michael Bass, Hopkins School

Kyle Mettler, New Canaan High School

Olivia Massey, Joel Barlow High School

Elizabeth Laub, St. Luke’s School

For more information on the Junior Tournament, contact Will Andrews at 203-216-3533 or email Will at [email protected] Additional information and online registration is available at www.norwalkgrassrootstennis.com.

Norwalk Grassroots Tennis would like to thank the generous sponsors for the 2015 Autumn Classic, most notably Darien Rowayton Bank, the tournament’s lead sponsor, our Silver Level sponsors including Fairway Market Stamford, Weston Racquet Club, Boost Oxygen, Division 1 Prep, GE Capital Real Estate, & Avison Young, as well as our other valued sponsors who include Weston Field Club, New Canaan Racquet Club, True Tension Tennis Shop, Steaz Beverage Company, Broder & Orland Law Office, and Threads & Treads.

Norwalk Grassroots Tennis Inc. is a 501 c3 tax exempt Inner City Junior Tennis Program, supported by the United Ways of Norwalk/Wilton, New Canaan, Norwalk PAL, the United States Tennis Association, Near and Far Charities, and citizens concerned with the challenges faced by disadvantaged children of the Norwalk area.

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