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Metro Lends Support to Tennis Saves

Saturday, April 6th, at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club (RIRC), nearly 70 participants teamed up to fight against Gastrointestinal Esophageal Cancer (GE) and help Tennis Saves raise funds and awareness for this vicious disease. Jason Speirs, founder of Tennis Saves, Director of Tennis at RIRC, and USPTA Metropolitan President organized an evening of fun, food and prizes. Between sign-ups, donations and a silent auction, Tennis Saves raised nearly $5k for the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association (ECAA).

"It’s so good to finally do something meaning full that is not only dedicated to my late father who lost the battle with GE cancer, but to finally do something that can make a difference." As close to home as this event was, amongst the crowd, there were several cancer survivors, manifesting just how many people cancer affects, and how important it is that we take a stand, and make a difference. Aside from the fun on the court, off the court, in the Clubhouse there were trivia questions, light music and fabulous food, thanks to the sponsors; Advantage Tennis Clubs, the USPTA, the USTA, Prince, Riverwalk Bar & Grill, Nonno’s Focacceria, and Loriet.
Brian Galgay, President of the ECAA said himself, this has to be one of the most fun and smoothest charity events he’s ever been to. With little preparation, Brian was convinced to play in the Pro/Am Worst Team Tournament, and he won!
On a serious note, thanks to everyone’s efforts, Tennis Saves’ premier event was able to use the power of tennis to make a difference! Thanks to the staff, sponsors and participants, this is an evening we’ll never forget. Look out for future events organized by Tennis Saves soon to be announced.