WHO: Grassroots Tennis & Education is a nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to build strength of character and a foundation for success through tennis and education.
WHAT: Grassroots will host a kids’ annual fundraising tournament “Knights for Aces,” sponsored by the Jon DeLuca Youth Tennis Memorial Fund for children in U10, U12, U14 and U17 divisions.
Participants are asked to sign up or sponsor a Grassroots student for $55 per person at:
WHEN: Sunday, August 22, 2021, from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST
WHERE: Round robin doubles matches will be played by boys and girls at: Middlesex, Tokeneke, Weeburn and Woodway Country Clubs in Darien, Connecticut.
Finals and food will be held at the William Rippe Tennis Center at Springwood Park at Grassroots, located at: 11 Ingalls Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut
Local kids of all skill levels, including Grassroots students, will gather at various tennis clubs in Darien for a fun day of round robin doubles matches, with the finals occurring at the William Rippe Tennis Center at Grassroots, Norwalk. All the proceeds from the event will benefit the youth of Grassroots.
Jon DeLuca Youth Tennis Memorial Fund Founder and father to the late Jon, Al DeLuca said, “On behalf of the Jon DeLuca Youth Tennis Memorial Fund, we are honored to sponsor this wonderful event during Jon’s birth month, around what would have been his 50th birthday. Jon was passionate about his kids, his work, youth development and Grassroots.”
Added Director of Tennis David Kimani, “Every year, this event brings together area kids, while raising awareness for the Grassroots program. Grassroots helps propel our youth forward so that they can create their own paths by learning through the discipline of the sport of tennis. Together with the education programming, the sky is the limit for our youngsters.” He continued, “We can’t wait to see all the kids come out for a fun day of tennis and camaraderie.”
After matches are played, the winning doubles team in each division will play in the finals at Grassroots tennis courts. Players and spectators are invited to enjoy pizza and refreshments and winners will take home trophies and t-shirts.
ABOUT GRASSROOTS TENNIS & EDUCATION
Grassroots is a youth development nonprofit organization that uses the sport of tennis to engage youth in holistic out-of-school time programming. This free, year-round program combines tennis instruction with leadership development, social-emotional and character development, and college and career readiness support.
A chapter of the USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning Network, Grassroots serves more than 100 children each year, ages five to 18 with a relationship-first approach that brings children and their families together with dedicated volunteers and caring staff. Grassroots serves kids where they live – at Cummings Park in Stamford and at the Youth Center and the William Rippe Tennis Center in South Norwalk.
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ABOUT THE JON DELUCA YOUTH TENNIS MEMORIAL FUND
The Jon DeLuca Youth Tennis Memorial Fund was founded by Al Deluca, father of Jon DeLuca. Pittsburgh native, Darien resident and father to two children, Jon passed away in 2018 at the age of 46. A tennis enthusiast, Jon was passionate about promoting youth development through athletics and was an active supporter of Norwalk/Stamford Grassroots Tennis and Education. The Jon DeLuca Youth Tennis Memorial Fund strives to honor Jon’s memory by partnering with and fundraising on behalf of Grassroots.