MTG is proud to continue the its tradition of hosting the Matthew Shepard Memorial Tennis JAM (the "Jam"). This year marks our 14th Anniversary of this very special fundraising event. The Jam will be held on Saturday, October 13th at 12:00PM. We will once again hold the event at the courts run by the 119 Street Tennis Association. (Rain Date: Sunday, October 14th).
The format will consist of FOUR HOURS of alternating round robin play and socializing. We will play for 25 minutes, socialize for 25 minutes, play again for another 25 minutes with a new group of players, then rest, eat and socialize again another 25 minutes etc.. At the end of the sessions, we will have a raffle prize giveaway and wind up the event with a moment of reflection, gratitude and celebration.
This event raises money for the Matthew Shepard Foundation (MSF), which honors the memory of Matthew Shepard, a 19 year old college student who was a victim of a heinous gay-hate crime. In Matthew's memory, the foundation, through education seminars and speaking engagements spearheaded by Judy Shepard, Matthew's mom, proclaims its mission and promotes its mantra to"erase hate." Through her engagements, Judy Shepard instills compassion, educates her audience and encourages understanding and appreciation of people who are "different," Her vision, in Matthew's honor, it to create a modern day world where all youth, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation can feel welcome, safe and proud of their identity. For more information on Matthew’s story and the MSF foundation please visit www.matthewshepard.org.
Over the past 13 years, the Matthew Shepard Tennis Jam has raised more than $60,000. The event has grown exponentially, raising about $500 in its first year to raising almost $14,000 in 2007. Last year we raised $7474. We are hoping to improve on that total and approximate our 2007 record!
There is no fee for registration. We are asking a for a minimum donation of $30 (please bring your checkbooks! All donations are tax deductible). We also encourage all registrants also to reach out to work colleagues, friends and family for solicit additional financial support for this important cause.
14th Annual Matthew Shepard Memorial Tennis Sat. Oct. 13th, 2012 (Rain Date: Sun, Oct. 14th) 12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM. (four hours of playing and socializing sessions) 119th Street tennis courts in Riverside Park (Click here for directions) To register: http://www.metrotennisgroup.com/events?eventId=532773&EventViewMode=EventDetails
Minimum suggested donation: $30.
Look forward to seeing everyone on October 13th!
Cheers, incandescent tennis vibes,
Daniel Arzuaga Commissioner / Director of Courts & Events Metropolitan Tennis Group ("MTG")