The First Annual Dana Steele Memorial Scholarship Mountain Tennis Event took place September 8 on courts in Tamworth and Sandwich. Sixteen players from across NH and ages ranging from 15 to 75 competed in this men’s doubles event with rotating partners. Joel Taylor of Sandwich was this year’s champion recording 31 game wins over the afternoon. Jere Burrows of Meredith and the team of Warren Steele/Herb Greene of Sandwich tied for 2nd place with 29 wins.
All proceeds of the event go towards a new Dana Steele Memorial Scholarship through “Advantage Kids”, a statewide organization dedicated to youth tennis and education. “Advantage Kids “ programs have engaged over 1000 NH children in tennis lessons, clinics and leagues. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire and the US Tennis Association Foundation are major partners in this effort. Over $1200 was raised on this afternoon from donors and local sponsors to establish new scholarship opportunities for NH youth.
Dana Steele was a great player, coach and advocate for kids. He taught youth tennis in NH for over 40 years through lessons, camps and his time as teaching professional at Mt. Cranmore Tennis Center. He also coached baseball, skiing and led hikes through the White Mountains for athletes and adventurers of all ages