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Serving Up Aces for Inner City Kid’s Tennis

Media Advisory – Serving up aces for inner city kid’s tennis, June 14
TORONTO, June 9, 2014 – Davisville Tennis club is hosting its annual tennis fundraiser on Saturday, June 14, 2014 to support the development of tennis camps for inner-city kids at Philpott Children’s Tennis.

The Philpott Children’s Tennis program (Philpott) helps introduce Toronto children from the ages of 5 to 15 to the sport through tennis camps in 16 locations across the city. Serving over 6,500 children, the tennis camps operate in inner-city neighbourhoods around Toronto including Scarborough, Jane & Finch, Flemingdon, downtown and Etobicoke. For the kids of Philpott, it isn’t just about the tennis explains Ceciley Parker, Executive Director of Philpott, “Tennis offers so much more. We are building dreams at Philpott by helping kids learn and excel in ways they never imagined possible.” Qualified instructors teach children the basics of the game and also help them learn valuable life lessons about discipline, cooperation and self-confidence. “These skills are priceless and kids come away with life-long learning and fun memories.”

Philpott relies on support and donations from community partners including the Davisville Tennis Club (Davisville). Davisville has raised over $85,000 for the kids of Philpott through the club’s annual fundraising event, Davisville Cup. This year, the club is hoping to add a whole lot more to that total at the event on June 14th. The tennis tournament is the highlight of the season. Club members dress up in costumes according to the event theme of rescue services (e.g. spies, detectives, super heroes, medical personnel, military, airforce, etc.) and raise pledges for Philpott. Club president, Stuart Teather explains, “Philpott is part of our tennis family. Our members are proud to support a cause that brings more children to tennis – a sport we truly love and holds such a strong personal meaning in our lives.”

The fundraising event also includes a silent auction. “We are very grateful for the generous donations from the local business community. They are a vital part of ‘the team effort’ towards the success of Davisville Cup and ultimately, for the kids of Philpott.”

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