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Saturday: "Save Jax High School Tennis" Fundraiser Features Clinics with Pros
Saturday: "Save Jax High School Tennis" Fundraiser Features Clinics with Pros

A full day of tennis play and exhibitions are scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the San Jose Country Club when Jacksonville-area former touring ATP pros Brian Gottfried, Todd Martin and MaliVai Washington, along with Amer Delic, Wolfson High School tennis standout and current touring ATP pro, donate their time in a fundraising effort to “Save Jax High School Tennis.”

Morning clinics offering a menu of lesson choices with celebrities and local pros will be scheduled from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on multiple courts, and will give way to an exciting doubles exhibition at 6:30 p.m. featuring Gottfried, Martin, Washington and Delic.

The full-day fundraiser is part of the “Serve an Ace for our Students” campaign being launched by the “Save Jax High School Tennis” group in consultation with Jon Fox, Duval County Public Schools’ athletics director, to raise $70,000 to cover the costs of saving the program and helping hundreds of students in Duval County public schools after the announced budget cuts.

Due to educational spending cuts by the State of Florida, the Duval County School Board has made a decision to eliminate the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams as part of cuts in varsity sports.  As a result, none of Duval County’s 17 high schools will be offering students the opportunity to play tennis in the upcoming spring season.

The Save Jax High School Tennis group, made up of representatives from the Jax Youth Tennis Association, the Northeast Florida Professional Tennis Association, the First Coast Tennis Foundation and other organizations, is asking for support from the greater Jacksonville area and the tennis community to help raise the necessary funds to keep tennis in Duval County public schools. 

“As a tennis community with a demonstrated passion for tennis, we have the opportunity to come on board and help keep this great lifetime sport of tennis in our high schools,” said Celia Rehm, past-president of USTA Florida and founder of the Jax Youth Tennis Association in Jacksonville. “As members of a ‘can do’ tennis community we know that we will have a successful campaign.”

Supporters can purchase the following tickets at any participating clubs and facilities:

$100 -- one clinic, lunch, the exciting exhibition match and dinner; 

$50 -- exhibition match and dinner only; and

$50 -- one clinic and lunch only

*High school students selling ten (10) $100 tickets will earn admission to all the day’s activities; otherwise all high school students will be eligible for a 50 percent discount on the activities of the day.

Other ongoing fundraising activities will include general and corporate donations to the foundation.

For more information on where to purchase tickets, go to www.firstcoasttennis.com or contact Steven Griffin at 641-1011 or StevenG@1010xl.com.
Duval County Public Schools operates 172 schools and serves approximately 123,000 students. The school district is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy, and culturally diverse world.

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