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Norwalk Mayor To Be Honored At Tennis Gala

Mayor Harry Rilling will be honored by Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education at its Play in May tournament May 7.
Mayor Harry Rilling will be honored by Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education at its Play in May tournament May 7. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education will host Play in May, its 14th annual tennis tournament and gala, on Saturday, May 7, at the Woodway Country Club in Darien.

The fundraiser will help support free tennis and education services in the community.

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, who has called NGTE “the best program for kids in Norwalk,” will be honored at the event.

“The mayor has been a strong supporter of NGTE since our formation 21 years ago when he was Norwalk’s chief of police, and as mayor his support has only grown as he implements a vision for a bright future for everyone in our community,” said NGTE founder Arthur Goldblatt. “We are delighted to honor his love and advocacy for the children of Norwalk.”

NGTE, which strives to improve the lives of underprivileged children through tennis, education, life skills and leadership programs, serves youngsters living in and around the Norwalk Housing Authority.

A four-star United States Tennis Association National Junior Tennis and Learning chapter, the organization has provided assistance to more than 2,000 children, many of whom have gone on to college and professional careers.

For tickets to the tournament, call Ellen Simmonds, NGTE administrative director, at 203-939-1770 or send her an email at ellen@norwalkgrassrootstennis.org.

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