I am very proud to announce that on this cold and rainy day, Ilene Schwartz, wife of the late Sol Schwartz, traveled to Washington, DC, to present the first of what we hope will be many grant checks in honor of Sol’s mission to #SaveCollegeTennis.
The Sol Schwartz #SaveCollegeTennis All-In Tournament started in 2016 just a few short months after Sol’s sudden death at the age of 46. The tournament committee set a goal from Day One to award a grant each year to a college tennis program at risk of being cut due to funding concerns.
The deserving recipient of the 2017 $1000 grant is the George Washington University Men’s Tennis Team, coached by David Macpherson and David Marshall. Says Coach Macpherson, “It was a great pleasure to meet Ilene and Evan!! We feel very honored that GW was chosen by such a prestigious foundation and we are determined to honor Sol’s legacy by playing college tennis with great passion and sportsmanship which were his trademarks as a player himself. ”
“Today Sol’s dream to save college tennis came true when the GW tennis team received the first donation raised from #theSol. The boys and their coach were so appreciative. Each one gave me a hug and thanked me. I told them this was my husband’s dream come true,” shared Ilene Schwartz.
As yet another example of Sol Schwartz’s far-reaching impact in tennis, we found out that GW Assistant Coach David Marshall was a great friend of Sol’s during his college years at Washington. Sol’s short life impacted so many people, and we are honored to be able to continue his legacy in the sport he loved so much.
For information on the 2018 #TheSol events, please visit https://parentingaces.wixsite.com/thesol. You will find the tournament dates and locations, registration links, and sponsorship details there.