This men's doubles scramble fundraiser tournament for the Dana Steele Memorial Scholarship and the USTA's Advantage Kids program is run annually at several tennis clubs in New Hampshire by Advantage Kids Director Kent Hemingway.
This is the first year that Jackson Tennis Club (JTC) hosted the event and it was quite exciting tennis coming from 12 participants including 7 JTC members Paul Pacenka, Paul Schuepp, Jason Cicero, Mike Mallet, Kent Hemingway, Nick Thompson and Kirk Plender, as well as John Tanzman officiating play and scoring. Winning the final doubles match with Jason was Paul Schuepp against second place doubles team Warren Steele and Kent Hemingway.
Jason Cicero displays the "Gimme Da Rock" JTC trophy awarded to him as champion of the 1st annual Mountain Tennis Tournament held at the Jackson Tennis Club.
All proceeds of the event will go towards the Dana Steele Memorial Scholarship through Advantage Kids, providing continued Tennis PLUS (yoga + meditation) programs for at-risk 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.
Jackson Tennis Club hosted the Advantage Kids weekly tennis camp for over 50 kids ages 8 through 14 all summer. The last Advantage Kids days at JTC will be September 30th and October 7.
Thank you to all the Mountain Tennis participants for generous donations to the scholarship.