The Western Kenosha County Tennis Association recently kicked off its summer tennis season with a purpose. Each year, the organization plans an event to promote the sport of tennis in the community. This year WKCTA held a 24 hour tennis “Rally for Life” on May 3-4 at the Central High School courts. The event centered on keeping one tennis ball going over the net continuously for 24 hours. This goal was achieved, even at 4 a.m. when the number of players dwindled to four. Additional highlights of the event:
- $2,220 was raised and donated to the American Cancer Society of Kenosha County.
- Over 200 food and household items were donated to the Sharing Center of Kenosha County.
- 25 business and families provided monetary sponsorship for the event.
- Over 150 people attend the event which started at 3pm on May 3rd and continued for 24 hours.
- Tennis professionals, Randy Digman of Tanglewood Tennis Club, Scott Ficks from Moorland Tennis Center, Lee Woyahn, President of the Waukesha Tennis Association, Craig Mours, Carroll University Head Coach and Dan Schreier, Waukesha South Tennis Coach conducted “Hit with the Pro” sessions for players of all ages.
- Glow in the dark tennis was played at midnight.
- Over 35 current & alumni players from surrounding high schools showed up at night and kept the energy going.
- 10 and under tennis sessions were offered for children.
“The event wouldn’t have been possible without WKCTA’s treasurer Kathy Christenson who planned and implemented most of the activities for the marathon event,” said Robert Ferruzzi, WKCTA presdient. “Founding board members, Pat and Paul Brings added their wealth of tennis knowledge and contacts to help make the event a success. The three of them lasted the complete full 24 hours and ensured that the CTA met its goals.”