Rotary Club of Scottsdale conducts annual tennis tourney

Rotary Club of Scottsdale, in collaboration with USTA Southwest, recently held its seventh annual Tennis with a Cause Charity Tournament.

The event was spread over two days and included a Pro-Am with Calcutta, a mixed doubles round-robin, a silent auction and raffles with prizes. The event was held at Scottsdale Ranch Park and at the Phoenician Resort.

Participants came to the Phoenician on May 1 to play or watch quality tennis with the valley’s top pros. Some of the Valley’s top pros were auctioned off to the highest bidder, who could either play with the pro, or nominate someone to play with the pro in the competitive Pro-Am.

For those who didn’t want to bid or play, there was Calcutta betting – one could buy a team and predict its position in the overall standings. Attendees were able to try out the latest racquets by HEAD in the demo courts and/or complete in the fast serve contest.

Over the past years, the tennis tournament has netted close to $100,000, in which the funds raised have provided tennis clinics and equipment to underprivileged children in the community that would otherwise not get a chance to experience this wonderful sport.

Additionally, each year a portion of the proceeds is directed toward the Rotary Club of Scottsdale Foundation to fund its annual scholarship program.

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations, visit www.scottsdalerotary.org.

Visitors to club meetings are always welcome. Call 480-945-6158. The club will host its “Guest Day” program at noon May 18 at McCormick Scottsdale. Guest speaker is Douglas Price, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Phoenix division.

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