If you listened to this week’s ParentingAces Radio Show, you may recall Sol Schwartz of Holabird Sports talking about one of his ideas for raising money to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, especially those in the tennis community.  If you’re not aware of the damage done to our tennis compatriots in the Northeast, take a look at this video:

 

 

Sol’s fundraiser is a simple one to implement and goes something like this:

When your child registers to play a junior tennis tournament, have him or her contact the Tournament Director to ask if it would be okay to place a jar at the Tournament Check-In Desk.  That jar would be a collection point for whatever spare change players and their parents would like to contribute to the Junior Tennis Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort.  Your child could make a colorful sign to tape to the jar (or put in a plastic stand next to the jar) explaining the need for contributions.  The sign could be a variation on this one that I created using my computer’s Paint program:

Tennis Relief Sign

At the end of the tournament, your child would take the jar home, tally up the contributions, then you would send a check in care of Sol Schwartz to Tennis Pros of the Future, 411 Samantha’s Court, Reisterstown, MD 21136.  If you’d prefer to use your credit card or PayPal account, just go to the organization’s donation page at GoFundMe.

That’s it!  Simple, right?

It’s a great way for your child to do a great community service, one that benefits tennis directly.  If we all do our part, we’ll have the tennis facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy up and running in no time!  After all, we’d want others to do the same for us, right?